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Action Day Nursery School (Saratoga-S'vale Rd.)

13560 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

Phone:
(408) 867-4515

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • stencils, colorful printed alphabets, the children's names around the room
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Balance, sorting objects, stacking objects, sequencing games, and other manipulatives to help with math concepts. We also have colorful printed numbers in the classrooms and utilize our calendars.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • visiting pets, Water table, Bubble table, cooking projects..
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • children's Cds craft 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
  • a grass area, a large playhouse withall the accessories
Other subjects taught We have an on site dance program. We offer tiny-tot dancing, as well as ballet, tap, and tumbling.

From the Director:

We do our language, math and science activities as a group. The teacher provides all the resources for exploration, however, the children are touching and exploring. The teacher is there to answer questions. We do not sit the children down and 'instruct' them. We sit together and learn through doing.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In our school no child is left 'behind'. We all work together and give each child the amount of time, or added assistance needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a semi-structured curriculum philosophy. 'Semi-structured' means that our programs are planned by our teachers, and set specific daily, weekly, and monthly goals for the children to achieve.

Our students are ' led to', not 'made to', take part in these activities. we provide an atmosphere that enriches your child's learning and encourages them to explore new and exciting experiences.

Our goal is to allow the children the opportunity to expand their knowledge, to learn about their capabilities, and to develop positive ways to express themselves.

A Typical Day

We open at 7am. and provide an area for breakfast for the children as well as indoor activities.

At 8:30 or 9:00 we venture out to the playground. We greet and hug the children as they arrive.

At 9:45 we come in for our morning snack.

Then we have our big projects, circle time, art time, etc.

At 11:00 am we venture back to the playground while our lunch is being set up.

At 11:45 we come in for lunch, have a rest, and at 2:30 have our afternoon snack.

We spend our afternoons reading, playing on the playground, doing manipulatives, and art.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily interactions, notes home, a parent board, and mail. We also offer these programs at another one of our locations.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We visit a Kindergarten as a field trip, and have an end of the year ceremony.