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Primary Plus (Amber Drive)

3500 Amber Drive
San Jose, CA 95117

Phone:
(408) 248-2464

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Our school's doors opened in 1968 because of the desire to experience first hand and the marvelous thrills and excitement in the world of children. Of interest to the founders is the tremendous amount of learning that goes on each year in young. It is exciting for us to see all the important loving and guiding experiences of infancy incorporated into the children's development. We believe we have an opportunity to influence much of what will happen to children as they go through elementary school, junior high, and then on into adult life. It also is a real challenge to our staff to provide an environment that will encourage maximum development for children, as positive experiences during the early years lead to much greater success in the future. Our program provides an atmosphere to enrich your children's learning as well as explore new and exciting experiences in learning. Our goal is to allow children the opportunity to expand their knowledge, to learn about their capabilities, and to develop positive ways to express themselves. We look forward to your child being a part of our school." Extracted from www.adnpp.com

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught "We view extracurricular activity as an essential part of child development and encourage participation in a variety of programs. We offer after school programs, enrichment programs, extensive physical education opportunities, and a renowned dance program. After School Programs Extended Day Program Campfire Sports Enrichment Programs Dance Action Music Spanish Physical Education" Extracted from www.adnpp.com

From the Director:

"Action Day Primary Plus started in 1968 as a single preschool. That preschool grew into today's award-winning, renowned private education program with nine campuses and 17 programs. Action Day Primary Plus maintains the same goal today as its founders did in 1968: to improve the quality of care for children during their period of greatest physical and intellectual development and develop a community of parents, children, and educators. Action Day Primary Plus enrolls more than 3,200 children and includes elementary and middle schools that consistently score in the 90th percentile on national standardized academic tests. We maintain a philosophy that encourages what we call 'semi-structured program' to allow for specific growth and individual freedom. The teachers set out specific goals for each day and the children are 'led to' not 'made to' take part in these activities. Our Preschool program includes separate curricula for children as they move through they preschool years in the following areas: Developing Social Awareness and A Positive Self-Concept: Teachers encourage children to participate as part of a group, learn to accept consequences for his or her behavior, develop increasing self-control and positive self-image. Children learn to enjoy being at school. Language Development and Reading Readiness: Children experience they job of listening to stories and then acting out simple dramas. The young children learn to express themselves orally and expand their vocabulary they use on a daily basis. By the time children complete Preschool, most will recognize the verbal spelling of their own name, upper and lower case letters, sounds associating with letters and have the ability to write their own name Math Readiness and Science: Teachers introduce math concepts through simple geometric shapes and counting. At the end of the preschool period children count in sequence to 30, sort by size, shape, and color and show interest in the clock and the time. Children begin to think of uses for numbers. Physical Development: At the beginning of the preschool year the child is learning to walk with coordination, and kick objects, perform simple finger plays and communicate pottying needs. As the child ends his or her preschool years he or she will learn how to lace their shoes, skip, and swing by themselves. Fine Motor Skill Development: Teachers present the children with opportunities to work with scissors, pencils, crayons, small pegs and beads for stringing. Children explore a wide variety of manipulative and art materials. These prewriting experiences in the preschool prepare the children for later success." Extracted from www.adnpp.com

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We maintain a fun, safe, diverse, creative environment that fosters exploration, encourages physical activity, aids social development, and stimulates academic growth.

Our elementary programs consistently outperform other schools by scoring in the 90th plus percentile academically, but we focus on attaining a balanced learning atmosphere and encourage extracurricular activity.

Our schools' doors opened in 1968 because of the desire to experience first hand the marvelous thrills and excitement in the world of children. Of interest to the founders is the tremendous amount of learning that goes on each year in young children. It is exciting for us to see all the important loving and guiding experiences of infancy incorporated into the children's development. We believe we have an opportunity to influence much of what will happen to children as they go through elementary school, junior high school and on into adult life. It also is a real challenge to our staff to provide an environment that will encourage maximum development for children, as positive experiences during the early year's lead to much greater success in the future.

Over all the years of operation, we have maintained a philosophy that encourages what we call a 'semi- structured program.' Semi-structured means, to us, that we have a program put together by teachers and others that sets out specific goals each day, week and month for every child enrolled. The children are 'led to' not 'made to' take part in these activities. We feel that this semi-structured situation allows for specific growth and individual freedom.

One of the important differences in our philosophy has been the fact that we've been committed to a particular kind of adult in our school environment. We are proud that our carefully chosen adults truly care about children. We could spend hours and hours going through books writing lesson plans, buying equipment, setting up the preschool; however, the most important factor in any school situation is the adult. It is exceedingly important that when each child enters the school environment, he or she finds an adult who really, truly likes him or her.

It is our hope that each child will leave at the end of the day feeling better about himself or herself equipped with the knowledge that they can accomplish tasks that they couldn't do when the day began. If we achieve this goal, we add tremendously to the resources that each child takes with him or her as they move up the educational ladder. It is our continued hope that we will be able to provide an environment that stimulates positive feelings as well as a sound curriculum for each child."

Extracted from www.adnpp.com

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Parents are a vital link to the complete development of their child. Therefore, to reflect positive attitudes toward your child's education it is important to become involved in his or her school environment.

Here at Action Day Nursery/Primary Plus we incorporate special events throughout the year to encourage parent communication and participation as well as an opportunity to meet other parents.

All of these family events are held during convenient hours during the day or early evening, allowing for all parents to come and spend quality time with their child at school. Parents are welcome to initiate and help with special events such as field trips, parties, or holiday celebrations.

We are pleased to have your input and make your talents part of our learning environment. Please feel free to discuss your ideas with the teachers and Director.

Parents will be informed of the latest developments and announcements of the school through a monthly newsletter and calendar identifying your child's weekly themes and activities. This will help to link together the school and the home."

Extracted from www.adnpp.com