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Carden Academy

2499 Homestead Rd.
Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 244-5041


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Carden Academy joins all the Carden schools nationwide in embracing the time-proven curriculum and educational philosophy conceived by Mae Carden. Extracted from

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught After School Class Schedule Optional classes may be taken after school. Please check with the school office for more information. Spanish Martial Arts Dance by Victoria Chorus Actors Express Adventures in Science Chess Brownies Kids Love Soccer Music Lab Junior Girl Scouts Cub Scouts Extracted from

From the Director:

FOUR YEAR OLD PROGRAM LITERATURE: Ask Mr. Bear Good Night Moon Little Rhymes for Little People Keep Running, Allen! The Runaway Bunny Minnikin, Midgie and Moppet Mary's Home Daddy's Garden Big Red Barn I Am A Mouse Angus and the Ducks Learning to Listen (Part 1 & 2) Nursery Rhymes LANGUAGE ARTS: Playnames Sounds of letters Letter names Beginning sounds Ending sounds Hearing the vowel sounds in words Blends Hearing blends in words Word association Rhyming words Vocabulary skills Two vowel rule Writing letters Sequencing Comparison / contrast Similar / opposite MATHEMATICS: Blocks Counting objects Rote counting 0 - 100 Writing numbers - beginning with 1 - 10 Money - all monetary units - (U.S.A. coinage and bills) Clocks - o'clock times More than/Less than Boxes 1 - 9 Number line adding 1 and 2 Number line take away 1 SCIENCE: Nature study: plants, animals and insects Weather Nutrition Music - French - Physical Education - Art Poetry - Art Appreciation Crafts - Heritage Study Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Carden philosophy is one that values each individual. At the Carden school we protect the dignity and sense of worth of each child. We recognize the unlimited potential of each child. In the Carden school, the teacher's job is to meet each child where he or she is and lift the child up from there. We place the responsibility on the teacher to be the leader in the education of each child. In a collection of speeches, essays and other writings by Mae Carden, entitled Quality Teaching, Successful Learning, she concludes with a Teacher's Credo. In the Credo, she advises teachers '.Not to regiment, but to nurture each personality,.not to make good pupils, but to develop self-reliant students,.not to accept acquiescence in place of thought, but to develop real thinking on the part of the child.' The Carden educational philosophy aims to 'provide the opportunity for the natural unfolding of the mind, personality and capacities of the child. It assures each child a harmonious adaptation to his or her environment in an atmosphere of happiness, encouragement and freedom with guidance. Individual attention is the keynote. Each child is given a thorough command of scholastic subjects; is awakened to a realization of the beauty of nature and art; becomes conscious of his or her social responsibility; develops mental, emotional and physical stamina and attains the freedom of a well-adjusted personality.' Miss Carden believed that, 'Children wake up and have a terrific desire to learn at about five and one-half years of age. If that desire is not captured, they go back to sleep, and the job of reawakening a desire to learn becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day.' Extracted from

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school