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Wild Poppy Studio Toddler Program

23rd Street and Hill Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Mindful Teaching and Parenting Attachment Parenting RIE Introduction to Spanish Language

From the Director:

Connect with other parents and discuss topics such as: * Getting dressed and getting ready to go out * Sleep Management * Boundaries and Constructive Discipline * Toilet Learning * What your child means by saying, “No” * Handling difficult transitions in the family * Preschool Choices and Styles Our parent educator, specifically will bring parents together and explore different family topics, but our teachers are experienced and empathetic to family needs. All discussions and conversations within our group of families and teachers are confidential. John Dewey, social constructivist philosopher, once explained that there is no community without the one, and no one without the community. We heavily believe that the families in our program become each other’s greatest support network. As we have a high image of your children, we also have a high image of our parents. We only believe that together, we could make a large community of knowledge and a wealth of wisdom.

Home-School Connection

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on