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Play-N-Learn (Narvaez Ave.)

3800 Narvaez Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136

(408) 269-9004


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Over the past 27 years, Play N Learn Preschool has refined an eclectic developmental teaching philosophy. We can see benefits and weaknesses of the different teaching philosophies being taught. We have taken the best of each of these different approached and combined them to create an inclusive approach to teaching that can include and improve the learning of all students, regardless of their learning curve or personality.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Geoboards, sorting items & trays, scales, etc...
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Bi-weekly visitor that sings & plays songs for children.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • We also display the children's artwork on the front window as the children enter the school.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Giant yards that can't be matched by any school in the area.
Other subjects taught Our teachers are encouraged to use their personal skills to improve and compliment the classroom curriculum. If a teacher knows a foriegn language or even sign-language (which many do) then they teach that to the children as well.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Since our school is developmentally based, the children do not get caught in the 'age' cage. Meaning, that children are not moved up based on their ability to handle the emotional, social and academic levels of each class. In this instance, you could theoretically have a 3.5 yr. old student in a 4 & 5 yr. old classroom, if they are advanced enough to handle it.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Play `N' Learn provides a warm, caring and safe atmosphere for children to learn through creative activities and free exploration.

Every child is given time to socialize, create, discover, and build self-confidence as they master new skills.

Our curriculum is developmentally balanced to ensure your child blossoms in an atmosphere where they are challenged intellectually, socially and physically with age appropriate activities.

We believe an open line of communication between parent and director is essential. Working together and supporting one another will help increase your child's success.

From cook to director, our staff is dedicated to providing the best environment possible for your child's first group learning experience

A Typical Day

The typical day of a preschooler at Play N Learn need not be a mystery.

We have schedules available for parents for each classroom that are always followed. The lessons and activities that the children do throughout the day are planned a week or more in advance and are posted in the school for parents to see exactly what the children will be doing.

In addition, the menu for the week is posted in the front office, so you can be made aware of what your child will be eating throughout the week.

Also, with our open door policy, you are welcome to call or sneak-in for a peak to see for yourself what is going on at any given time during the day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

This is an area in which Play N Learn Preschool stands out from the competition.

We believe strongly in open communication between parents and school administration.

We leave notes daily as needed in the children's sign-in/out boxes (where each parent must go twice daily).

We hand out monthly newsletters, hold open houses, have twice annual student evaluations performed by the teachers and sent home for parents.

Posters and notices inform parents of activities going on and any problems/illnesses that may be affecting the school at the current time.

We also have positioned our front desks right by the only entry/exit point of the school so that each parent must walk by us and we can talk to any parent about issues regarding their child's day before they see their child. This is one of our strong points.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcomed to come into the school before the beginning of the school year with their child to help them become comfortable with the school. On the first day, it becomes the teacher's responsibility to comfort the child and make them feel secure. The parents can stay for a few minutes until they feel their child can let go and feel comfortable.