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Woodside West School

2577 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

(707) 528-6666


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We combine many theories of child development to blend in the various learning styles of children. We feel this is the most respective way to cognitively challenge children. We encourage children to succeed by giving them support, praise, and reinforcement in order to give those who need more experience to master a task. Our goal is that children build skill strength and confidence because they are given the opportunity to experience and master a task in a fun way. We like children to feel cherished and want to come to school every day!

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 more

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  • Puzzles
  • Number bingo and other types of math reinforcement fun games!
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
  • music based phonics program for 4-5 year class
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Classes display all art work!
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

From the Director:

Our program offers a balance of all the above choices and also follows the guidelines of a developmentally appropriate practice! Children experience teacher directed activities, center based, independent based and work in a whole group, smaller groups and individually with the teacher.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We seek to encourage in each child a natural love of learning, positive social skills and a healthy self-image, in a safe and caring environment...

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school