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Mixed Greens Preschool

1725 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

(707) 225-8753


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

“Those who have been required to memorize the world as it is will never create the world as it might be.”

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
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
  • 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
Other subjects taught Visiting experts brought in depending on family interest: karate, spanish, yoga, dance, gardening, etc.

From the Director:

We run on the belief that the potential for learning is stunted when the endpoint is formulated in advance, so there is no pre-fabricated curriculum. Curriculum is emergent, following and growing with the children's interests.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

all children are respected as individual learners

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Welcome to Mixed Greens, a green-thinking, mixed age community preschool.

Our mission is to provide explorative learning opportunities to blossoming minds, employing current theories in brain development research, while providing a loving, nurturing, and safe place to play and grow.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule

8:30 Children and Families welcomed in to the School House. Students transition into morning activities.

8:30-9:30 Playroom and Art Studio open. Children have the opportunity to work and play in mixed-age groups, revisit their own past work, or work on projects together with their teacher.

9:30 Breakfast Snack & Morning Meeting.

10-10:30 Small Focus Groups
10:30-11:30 Outdoor Play

11:30-12:00 Circle Time

11:50-12:00 Clean-Up Time

12:00-1:00 Lunch. Children who have finished eating enjoy Free Play

1:00-3:00 Nap Time. We all go in to the house together for quiet stories, music, and rest.

3:00 Tea-Time Snack is served.

3:30-5:30 Outside and/or Playroom & Art Studio (pending student interest) are open for more mixed-age group play.

4:40 Circle Time, followed by Team Clean-up by the children and teachers together.

5:30 By this time, all children must be signed-out. Mixed Greens is closed until the next lovely day!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are respected as a child's first teacher and are always welcome and wanted to participate as fully as possible.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • 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