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The Little School House

1281 Edwards Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

(707) 528-8118


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our teaching philosophy is based on providing well planned curriculum that has developmental goals based on observations of the children's ability and readiness for challege. This is don't through community experiences art, music, puppetry, song, stories etc.

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
  • Writing desk, story board, dictation and flannel stories
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, calendar @circle games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • Trays, and carpet squares to deliniate children's sitting and work space
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
  • Science display, actives and discovery table. Also live butterfly garden, fish etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Guest musicians, singing & rythum activities @ circle
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Easel, indoors and outdoors
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
  • Sesory table in classrooms 7 outdoors too.
Other subjects taught Social Skills, gymnastics and musician comes to school regularly. We also have a party jump come to the schools.

From the Director:

We use the creative curriculum approach in our preschool component. We have also completed a two year training in the West Education PITC program, for best practice in infant and toddler care. (additional infant class opening summer 2011)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children who are behind are guided with the inclusion of parents and outside agencies, through parents or those we may refer. Children who are excelling are challenged by observation, assessment and planning the environment to be challenging to children of different abilities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Little School House provides a learning center, play planned environment in which children are encouraged to explore and learn about the world around them. The Little School House creates opportunity to run, garden, and learn about nature in the beautiful country-like setting. We offer many enrichment programs such as community visitors, field trips, as well as music and movement group activities. Our focus is on the development of the "whole child". This is done through thoughtful creation of weekly curriculum themes. We foster language through puppetry, flannel stories, singing and reading. Through art, creativity emerges. By encouraging dramatic play, the child grows socially. When cutting, lacing and during outdoor play, the child can develop large and fine motor skills. Using manipulatives, puzzles and blocks we facilitate the child's understanding of cognitive concepts. At The Little School House our children are prepared for Kindergarten, socially and academically, through hands on "learn by doing" techniques.
Preschool is available at all 3 Little School House locations

A Typical Day

From arrival to departure our students experience a balance of structured indoor/outdoor, teacher or self directed activities, which include creative art, language, social skills, cognitive skills and physical challenges are enhanced. The staff is warm, caring, experience and well trained.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

This director greets parents every day. I stop what ever I'm doing and give the parent 100% of my attention to share about the child's day and to listen to the parent's joys and concerns. I then apply what is needed to the program or share information with staff accordingly.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Every child is different and the needs of each family needs to be determined case by case. I'll give one recent example. We had a child who had a hard time separating from mom in the morning. He was only 20mos. old and cried long and hard each morning. So we scheduled 20min. each morning when he arrived for he and his primary teacher to spend one on one with out any other children. This was great, he settled in quickly and the whole day seemed easier for him after that.