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The Early Education Center

1130 Alapai Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 533-0004


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Seagull Schools we have created a rich, safe and stimulating environment to enhance children's growth. The unique world each child brings is complemented by creative and developmentally appropriate learning materials and by energetic, warm and imaginative teachers. We provide resources, opportunities and materials to increase children's cognitive or thinking skills, assist in developing their physical coordination, exercise their imagination and fantasy, build their social skills, support healthy self-concepts, and allow them to participate in the decision making process, all in an atmosphere of trust and caring for each other.
Children learn the basic concepts of numbers, sizes and shapes as well as reading and writing skills using words and stories from their own experiences. They do simple science experiments, which answer basic questions of what, why and how. They are exposed to music through songs, dances and musical instruments. Development of self-expression and body are also encouraged through creative movement activities. A healthy self-concept is encouraged through acceptance and positive communications. Outdoor play, both structured and free, helps develop physical coordination.
Instruction is individualized and depends on a child's needs and interests. In keeping with our concern for an individualized and optimal learning environment, we maintain a maximum student/adult ratio of 5:1 for children 18 - 24 months, 7:1 for two year olds and 10:1 for three to five year olds.
For children who have attended Seagull Schools and will soon enter kindergarten, the following competencies are expected of each child:
Cognitive Competencies
The child:
demonstrates a broad range of knowledge about the natural and man-made worlds
demonstrates a broad range of knowledge about the social world
engages in cooperative and elaborate dramatic play
is able to place events and experiences in time
demonstrates spatial awareness in play and language
has beginning understanding of counting and quantity
duplicates and extends simple patterns
places a set of 3-5 unfamiliar objects in graduated order
classifies by sorting into groups and by noticing a range of classes to which things belong
knows physical features and functions of objects
Language and Literacy Competencies
The child:
talks with others about past, present and future events with considerable detail
retells a cohesive story including a variety of elements (e.g. characters, setting, main events, sequencing, endings, emotional states)
has an age-appropriate vocabulary including a range of word types
prints name and experiments with writing
has an emerging awareness of links between letters and sounds
identifies letters and common graphic symbols
understands that print conveys meaning and serves a function
knows book and basic reading conventions
Social Competencies
The child:
initiates & sustains positive interactions with other children
makes friends (demonstrates social support and loyalty, maintains relationships over time, refers to particular children as friends)
is able to separate from parents with minimal difficulty
makes independent decisions about activities
is competent in self-help skills and requires minimal adult assistance
handles conflicts constructively and independently
is assertive when confrontations arise (e.g. stands up for themselves, does not avoid conflict)
interacts cooperatively with adults and children
participates in classroom routines and follows rules with minimal reminders
develops a variety of strategies for solving difficult problems with materials
develops a variety of strategies for solving problems with children and adults
shows persistence in solving problems
expresses a range of feelings in appropriate ways (e.g. cries when sad, smiles/laughs when happy, yells when angry)
expresses thoughts, ideas, preferences and needs
focuses on and sustains attention to self-initiated tasks
pays attention to directions and explanations
experiments freely with art and other open-ended materials
Physical Competencies
The child:
demonstrates precision fine motor skills
uses pencil sharpener, paper clips correctly
folds paper with some direction and accuracy
draws / writes with moderate control
cuts precisely on a line (e.g. on a drawing, pictures out of a magazine)
performs precise actions involving opposing hand movements (e.g. buttoning, lacing)
pours liquids into a cup
demonstrates coordination in large motor movements and pursues physical challenges
climbs on climbing equipment
walks up and down stairs alternating feet
balances for a short time on one foot
rides tricycle around obstacles
hops on one foot
learns familiar songs and is able to move to the beat of music
All concepts are taught through hands-on activities and each classroom utilizes learning centers that develop specific skills.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6:30 am School opens, activities set up in classrooms
7:00 am Activities set up in and around classroom area
7:30 am Light breakfast
8:15 am Breakfast cleanup
9:00 am Large group - morning meeting, sing songs, to do calendar, colors, shapes, overview of the day
9:30 am Cognitive and learning center activities
10:30 am Outdoor play, large muscle activities
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 noon Cleanup
12:15 pm Rest time, read books, talk, quiet down
12:30 pm Nap time
2:30 pm Wake up, put blankets away, play on the outside area/lanai
2:45 pm Snack time
3:00 pm Free play with choice of activities in lanai area and & classroom
4:00 pm Sand play, ride bikes, outdoor activities
5:30 pm School closes
Excerpted from the preschool's website