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Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy

Broadmoor District of San Leandro
San Leandro, CA 94577

(510) 632-6653


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy adheres to an early childhood education approach known as the developmental-interactionist approach. This approach is committed to providing opportunities for development of the whole child; Social, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical and Creative. In order to foster a love of learning, staff at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy utilize the child’s interests and capabilities as a starting point for the child's educational experience which inevitably grows and develops in their continued education. This approach calls for creating an abundance of child-teacher interaction which allows for teachers to act as respectful, kind, encouraging role-models, while at the same time, creating a sense of structure and security for the children. Because crucial patterns of learning are basically established by age five,the early childhood education program at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy emphasizes a perfect balance of structured teacher directed activities and organized child directed developmental play activities. This framework is designed to have a positive effect on the preschool aged child’s development by exercising their ability to stay on task and maintain attention and follow through during a teacher directed activity, while also allowing for opportunities for open-ended play and peer interaction during child directed activities. This approach also emphasizes keeping current on a child’s progress and developing needs. Most importantly, with Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy being located within a home setting, a sense of security exists, that leaves the child at ease and better ready for both learning new and building on existing intellectual, creative and physical skills. Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy offers child-centered rooms and play areas equipped with ample space and an abundant supply of carefully chosen, open-ended materials, including blocks, paint, play doughs, paper, wood, fabrics., letters, numbers, shapes, etc. Our expert Staff use these materials to promote your child’s active involvement and independence while also inspiring creativity and cooperation. The child's use of the materials to explore and experiment, in tandem with the staff’s use of these same materials, teach and reinforce new skills. This combination builds a foundation in the academic disciplines of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Because children innately learn to read and write at different rates and in various ways, our approach to the development of literacy skills is individualized and dynamic. Long before the children are able to decode the complex symbols that make up words, they develop a rich appreciation for books and an enjoyment of literature. On a daily basis, the staff at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy read aloud to the children, tell stories, and sing interactive songs while also providing varying manipulatives that expose and reinforce alphabet by rote, alphabet recognition, alphabet sounds, and alphabet writing. Math and science concepts are also embedded within the child’s daily experiences at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy with the sensory-motor use of basic materials, and become more complex with each passing unit. For example, children hone their understanding of volume while pouring at the water table, and their grasp of fractions and patterns while experimenting with unit blocks. Repeated use of the basic materials, in combination with teacher-directed activities give your child a more concrete understanding of math and science concepts. At Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy, our students are exposed to the pre-literacy and pre--math skills they will require when in Kindergarten, as well as the equally important skills of focused thinking, problem solving, pro-social interaction and conflict resolution We create a setting in which meaningful intellectual and social challenges arise naturally – ones that children want and do learn to solve because the issues are real and important to them. Just as we believe that cognitive, social-emotional and pre-academic development are crucial in the early years, we are convinced that the teaching of values rooted in kindness, is equally vital. Through the natural progression of the daily and weekly program, kindness and courtesy permeate the environment all year round. We at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy joyfully pass along this positive attitude referred to as the "circle of kindness."

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
  • Read-Aloud, Sound Symbol Correspondence Materials, Ryhming Word Play, Nursery Rhymes, Repetitive Words Tunes, Dramatic Play Theater,
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Unit Blocks, Geometric Blocks, Number Foam, Number Blocks, Legto, Pattern Blocks, Pattern Links, Number Fishing, Serriation Blocks, Number Themed Books, Number Bowling, Magnet Numbers
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Weekly Themes, Student of the WEEK, Magna Tiles,
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Charts, Scales, Specimen Viewers, Color Paddles, Hand Magnifiers, Magnets, Mirrors, Thermometers, Eye Droppers
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Access to child appropriate music (chants, classical, traditional rhymes) Dance, Large Motor Hand and Finger Play to songs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Clay, Playdoh, Sand, Water, Etch-a-Sketch, Aqua Doodle, Tie, Velcro and Buckle Bords
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
  • Parachute Play, Obsticle Courses, Balance Beam, Tents, Hula Hoops, Hopscotch, Dance Scarves, Bubbles, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Paddle Ball
Other subjects taught Appreciation and knowledge of other cultures, places, and customs through weekly themes. Feelings Acknowledgment, Acceptance and Appreciation; Empathy and Compassion; Good Citizenship and "Circle of Kindness" concept through daily activities.

From the Director:

Goals: 1. To develop the sense of self, individuality, and uniqueness. 2. To encourage the growth of intrinsically joyful interests. 3. To develop the understanding of sharing, acts of kindness, empathy and compassion. 4. To develop the sense of respect for diversity, differences and being an esteemed part of a group. 5. To develop the understanding of community, good citizenship, good sportsmanship and courtesy. 6. To take joy in and celebrate others' accomplishments. 7. To provide a well-developed, thoughtful and caring educational foundation that promotes readiness for kindergarten and future education. 8. To encourage the growth of self-discipline and pro-social conflict resolution skills necessary for meaningful social development, thus creating healthier relationships throughout childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is accepted and treated for the unique and special individual that they are. Skill building and re-enforcement activities are geared toward each particular child. The mission of Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy is to fully prepare each preschool-aged child for successful entry into Kindergarten by creating a safe, warm and nurturing environment conducive to the ease of learning. Our friend-filled, home-style setting nurtures a child’s understanding of self and others, a healthy growth of body and mind, and the development of cognitive and creative skills. Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy is committed to raising the standard of excellence afforded in Early Child Education by providing children the best initial foundation, sewing the seeds to a successful and happy primary education.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy believes that every child is special, valued and should be thoughtfully encouraged into an understanding of respect for self, others and the environment. Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy believes that every child deserves an opportunity to blossom via a well balanced, developmental program, one which encourages and develops the whole child.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Arrival and Free Play

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM Morning Circle

09:15 AM - 09:30 AM AM Snack

09:30 AM - 11:45 AM Morning Rotation of Activities - Concept, Art, Pre-K Activity, Outdoor, Free Play

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Singing Circle

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30 PM - 01:00 PM Group Game and Story

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Nap and Quiet Time

03:00 PM - 03:45 PM Outdoor and Free Play

03:45 PM - 04:00 PM PM Snack

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Afternoon Reinforcement Activities and Outdoor Play

05:00 PM - 05:15 PM Clean-up and Ready for Home

05:15 PM - 05:30 PM Story and Departure

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

To ease separation anxiety, first, the teachers must build trust between the child and the new people and environment at the program. The teachers should inquire as to the child's interests and then lead with that. Show them around the facility and ask them what they would like to do. Allow the child to bring in special mementos from home (a picture of a parent, sibling, pet; a stuffed animal, etc.) Create a drop-off routine the child can count on. Empower the parent by expressing that the staff will be encouraging, patient and for them to remember that "this, too, shall pass."