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Marshall Lane

14114 Marilyn Lane
Saratoga, CA 95070

(408) 374-1156


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Growing with Math Curriculum
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Doors to discovery
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Song Boards
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We use Doors to Discovery thematic approach to improve children's literacy and Growing with Math to aid in children's number concept. Both are Produced by Mc Graw Hill, which is a widely respected education publisher

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We group the children by age and whether or not they are going into kindergarten. Those that have concepts like full letter recognition we aide with interactive writing to begin word recognition process. Those that are behind we try working with them to get essential concepts like name recognition completed and understood. We do this after our main large and small group. We try to make the groups smaller so there is more one on one interactions

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program provides playful, hands-on learning experiences that are based on the High-Scope curriculum.

Qualified preschool teachers know what's expected in kindergarten and plan fun-filled activities that help children build the social and pre-academic skills they'll need later for success in school.

The preschool schedule meshes with the school-year calendar, and the affordable rates are based on the option you choose.

A Typical Day

When children come in the morning they too have to sign in at their sign in binder.

Then we have stations at our tables from 8:30 to 8:45 with typical activities including letter writing, drawing, building blocks and puzzle solving. These activities are chosen by the students.

At 8:50 we have large group. During this time we do calendar and letters and phonemic awareness and an occassional song.

9:00 to 9:30 we have group time usually based on numbers or letter of the week concept. Children, upon completing their activity, plan with us what they want to play with during their free-choice time.

9:30- 10:30 we give for free-choice time. During this time is where they get to play where they want inside.

At 10:20 we do another large group where we focus on Nnumber recognition as well as sorting and ordering concepts using our curiculum.

At 10:40 we have snack. After finishing snack it is quiet reading time.

11:00-11:25 we play outside then we come inside and do a quick review of our day in a small group setting

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on