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Village Preschool (Park Place)

20390 Park Place
Saratoga, CA 95070

(408) 867-3181


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program is a traditional preschool program. There is a balance of open-ended play and exploration as well as opportunities for listening and learning at circle time. There is a joyful celebration of childhood blended with the opportunities to learn structure and routine

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
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
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
Other subjects taught Basic Christian values are taught at chapel time and througout the day. Children learn about kindness, compassion, sharing and generosity. We learn how to treat each other with respect and how to make amends when things go wrong.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate (we respect the various levels of development ) and we blend hands-on child-initiated learning with teacher facilitated learning time.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are aware of each childs strengths and areas that need encouragement. They set out appropriate materials to foster development in needed areas or to challenge and stimulate those who are ready for the next step.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Village Preschool celebrates each and every child. We provide an engaging and interactive environment where children embrace the joy of learning . Our environment encourages children to grow, socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically. We feel that children should be excited and enthusiastic about learning. We also teach social resposnsibility and want our children to be good citizens of the world.

A Typical Day

8:45 Doors Open/ Greeting
8:45-9:4 Welcome Circle/Class meeting
Daily Project/Free Choice
9:40-10:00 Clean up / Circle
10:00-10:50 Outdoor Time/Wash up and Snack
11:00 -11:30 two 15 min. small groups
11:30-11:45 Closing Circle and Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school considers communication with parents a high priority. We partner with parents in all areas of working with their children. Parents have an orientation, parent handbook, parent bulletins and email updates. They also have progress notes as well as a Kdg. Readiness Profile that we go over at parent conferences during the child's Pre-K year. We offer speaker nights, parent informational coffees, and a parent library and parent resource board.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work with each family to insure a safe and happy start to school. Separation tips are offered at our first orientation, extra staff support first days at school .