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Stepping Stones Preschool

4000 NW 53rd Avenue
Alachua, FL 32653

(352) 416-3025


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
  • centers with storytelling, sequencing events, and main ideas, recalling stories, puppets
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • graphing, patterning, counting, order, counting by 5's and 10's
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
  • experiments and a Backyard Science Club
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • props to make dancing and moving fun
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art Club in the afternoons
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
  • Our physical education class " Happy Feet"
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We cater to each child's needs as they come. We provide a curriculum that encourages the whole child so that she/ he learns self esteem, and those all important social skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A Place to Belong—
We believe each person is a child of God, and therefore worthy of love, acceptance, and encouragement. We seek to provide a place where the nurturing of children is of the highest calling.

A Place to Become—
We believe we are made in the image of God and given the capacity to create. We seek to provide to all children opportunities for their cognitive, social, emotional, physical, creative, and spiritual growth.

A Place to Make a Difference—
We believe that God’s love is given freely to all of us. We seek to build a staff that is valued for their commitment to children, and a community where parents of all cultural, ethic, and economic backgrounds are embraced for their uniqueness in our world.

A Typical Day

9-9:10 Welcome
9:10-9:40 Morning Meeting
9:40-10:40 Centers( Snack is in this rotation)
10:40-10:50 Clean up
10:50-11:20 Together Time
11:20-11:55 Outside Time
12:00 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open door policy. We welcome little meetings with parents throughout the year and also, have a scheduled parent/ teacher conference once a year.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Most children deal with separation anxiety at the beginning of school. Our teachers are very loving and caring and they deal with each and every case individually.