We in the San Jose Parents Participating Nursery School believe in the individuality of both children and parents.
We recognize that our children's needs change daily and one of our goals is to encourage parents to understand those needs, accept them, and respond to them. Each parent's response is unique, so both parents and children benefit from a variety of shared experiences.
Building the children's self-esteem is central to our philosophy. Feeling good about oneself is basic to a child's social and academic success. Self-esteem gained in the preschool years is a firm foundation for later social, emotional and intellectual well-being.
Directors, parents, and children realize that making mistakes is an acceptable part of the growing process. The parents and Directors set limits of behavior within which the children feel secure and yet free to make as many choices as possible. Gentle persuasion and encouragement are utilized to introduce children to new experiences. No child is forced into a situation with which he or she is not ready to cope.
We offer the time and opportunity to be part of a group, contribute to it and be aware of the other member's feelings. There are always caring adults available to help each child express difficult feelings such as anger, frustration, and hurt.
Although we are not structured as some other schools, structure does exist within the station system we use. With such a system, we are able to provide a variety of areas in the school, with adults available who will encourage creative use of the materials and equipment within that area. Our program and attitudes are always flexible. We realize that there is not always only one right way to approach a problem. We feel free to try many ways.
The physical skills and coordination of our children are developed by encouraging them to participate in a variety of both large and small muscle activities.
To assure the implementation of our philosophy, we employ caring directors who organize the program, offer behavioral guidelines, and facilitate communication between and among children and parents.
Parent education includes meetings and conferences dealing with child development, family and community life, and nursery school activities. Parents can feel free to discuss common problems and exchange ideas. A supportive atmosphere helps parents deal with problems that naturally arise when raising children.
Our school is owned, operated and maintained by the members. In order for our school to function smoothly, we expect every family to cooperate by sharing their time and talents for the benefit of all.
The San Jose Parents Participating Nursery School has always functioned on the basic principle of the uniqueness of each child and adult. Rather than stifle that uniqueness by requiring conformity for its own sake, we choose to nurture individuality as the real treasure that it is.
In the Four Day Program
Beginning Chat time -
greeting song in ASL, day of the year (number and patterning activity), Star of the Week (different child each week), Animal Sharing different child takes home stuff each day and shares adventures, read book aloud
Free Play offered with activities at various centers including science/math, art, paints, bikes, sand pond, kitchen
Together Time -
Songs, chants, discussions in large group
Meeting Time - Separate into small groups for group activities such as graphing, acting out stories or flannel boards, music and movement, story