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Primary Plus (Bucknall Rd.)

18720 Bucknall Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

(408) 370-0357


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"We maintain a philosophy that encourages what we call 'semi-structured program' to allow for specific growth and individual freedom. The teachers set out specific goals for each day and the children are 'led to' not 'made to' take part in these activities." Extracted from

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Developing Social Awareness and A Positive Self-Concept|Language Development and Reading Readiness|Math Readiness and Science|Physical Development|Fine Motor Skill Development

From the Director:

"Developing Social Awareness and A Positive Self-Concept: Teachers encourage children to participate as part of a group, learn to accept consequences for his or her behavior, develop increasing self-control and positive self-image. Children learn to enjoy being at school. Language Development and Reading Readiness: Children experience they job of listening to stories and then acting out simple dramas. The young children learn to express themselves orally and expand their vocabulary they use on a daily basis. By the time children complete Preschool, most will recognize the verbal spelling of their own name, upper and lower case letters, sounds associating with letters and have the ability to write their own name Math Readiness and Science: Teachers introduce math concepts through simple geometric shapes and counting. At the end of the preschool period children count in sequence to 30, sort by size, shape, and color and show interest in the clock and the time. Children begin to think of uses for numbers. Physical Development: At the beginning of the preschool year the child is learning to walk with coordination, and kick objects, perform simple finger plays and communicate pottying needs. As the child ends his or her preschool years he or she will learn how to lace their shoes, skip, and swing by themselves. Fine Motor Skill Development: Teachers present the children with opportunities to work with scissors, pencils, crayons, small pegs and beads for stringing. Children explore a wide variety of manipulative and art materials. These prewriting experiences in the preschool prepare the children for later success." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Over all the years of operation, we have maintained a philosophy that encourages what we call a 'semi- structured program.' Semi-structured means, to us, that we have a program put together by teachers and others that sets out specific goals each day, week and month for every child enrolled. The children are 'led to' not 'made to' take part in these activities. We feel that this semi-structured situation allows for specific growth and individual freedom. One of the important differences in our philosophy has been the fact that we've been committed to a particular kind of adult in our school environment. We are proud that our carefully chosen adults truly care about children. We could spend hours and hours going through books writing lesson plans, buying equipment, setting up the preschool; however, the most important factor in any school situation is the adult. It is exceedingly important that when each child enters the school environment, he or she finds an adult who really, truly likes him or her." Extracted from

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Toddler Tales are usually issued daily to let you know how your child's day went." Extracted from

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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school