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Learning House

3533 Riva Ridge Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80526-6301

(970) 266-0844


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We show children how to do and then they get their own materials to do their explorations. When we see a child doing something unique, we call attention to that child and then get back to "work". Information is given while children are exploring because when the hands are involved, information is much more valuable.

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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  • We have a Math curriculum.
Time & space more

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

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  • Music is every other week and we get together to sing songs and dance.
Visual arts more

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  • If an art project relates well to the Science we are learning, then we do an Art project.
Physical activity more

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  • Because children are with us for such a short time, we don't go outside to play. We will go outside to do a Science discovery.
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We are a Math and Science based school for young children. Please keep in mind that this is 3 year old Math and Science. We want children to learn how to be independent and great problem solvers; whether it's a social or academic problem to solve. All programs are offered in a non-daycare setting. This means that children come to school for 90 minutes or 2 hours, depending on the program, they explore and learn and then go home to further their exploration.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because everything is hands-on and we have small class sizes, the one-on-one instruction is greater than any other place. Our questioning techniques are the strategies we use to help children go beyond their initial investigations.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe the ABC's, 123"s and colors are important and yet the most important skills we can teach children are problem solving, critical thinking, and literacy. Thus, we use Math and Science as the basis of our curriculum because it's exciting, engaging, and helps children learn the skills they need most.

We also believe in fully inclusive classrooms because children with special needs need to be around their peers and the other children learn at an early age to accept people; regardless of their abilities or appearances.

A Typical Day

Preschool is 90 minutes and starts out with children "signing in", sitting down to do a color sheet, and then free choice. Then, we do calendar (about 7 minutes), wake up our brains, and start the first whole group activity. After this, we have snack, books, and finish with either a Math manipulative, obstacle course, or Music.

PreKindergarten is 2 hours and starts out the same way; signing in, color sheet, and free choice. Then, we do a letter of the day, Science, Math, snacks, and books. Every couple of weeks we have a developmentally appropriate writing program with Author's chair.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have the best communication with parents and they come to us for advice on developmental, and behavioral issues because we are early childhood experts. We realize that the connection between family and school is crucial because this is their child and they, as we, want the best for that young person.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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


Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation is as tough for parents as it is for the child. We consult with the parent to see how they want it handled and then make suggestions from that. We have a "grab and go" policy in that the parents give their child a kiss goodby, tells them "I love you and I"ll see you at noon" and then they go. We take them into the room and place them in our "crying chair" NOT for punishment; just to give them a chance to cry and observe the classroom. Once they see what's happening and want to be a part of the class, they join us.