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Puentes Spanish Preschool

1605 S. Phillippi St.
Boise, ID 83705

Phone:
(208) 344-4270

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Puentes Preschool is a Spanish immersion preschool that serves those in the Treasure Valley who wish their children to get the best of preschool learning plus a huge head start learning Spanish. It is entirely feasible for a child to become fluent in Spanish through participation in our preschool. Becoming bilingual will have numerous lifetime benefits for your child including better performance in school and on standardized tests, improved logical thinking ability, better cultural awareness, more job opportunities, higher pay, and many more. Starting in preschool or earlier provides the easiest and fastest environment for children to learn a second language!

Our curriculum is based on the High/Scope educational approach and the Natural Approach theory for language acquisition.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our curriculum is based on High/Scope, an "active learning", and constructivism educational approach. Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children's interests and choices are at the heart of High/Scope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children's thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions. Activities include a component of "plan / do / review" in various centers (dramatic play, computer, art, construction, math/science), interactive storytelling, songs, games, and small group activities (math, language and crafts). These are well balanced for group and free play, and consist of learning activities that will help your child develop his/her emotional, physical, intellectual and social skills.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • 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 Spanish immersion curriculum

From the Director:

Our program aims to provide your children with all of the preschool advantages you expect including socialization, motor skills, and math and reading skills, while at the same time developing their ability to comprehend and communicate in Spanish. Children are immersed in the Spanish language continually in our preschool. All activities are conducted in Spanish including instruction, games, songs, computer time, and snacktime. Children are not forced to speak Spanish, but are encouraged to, as they are ready. Just like when they learned their first language, they will require some time simply hearing Spanish before they will be ready to speak it. Gradually at first, and then progressing, they will be able to speak Spanish. At the same time they will learn preschool skills and concepts. Early childhood is proven to be the best time to learn a second language. Providing your child with this opportunity may be one of the best educational gifts you can give.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Student will learn at their own pace through interaction with their environment, their peers and adults.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Puentes Preschool is a Spanish immersion preschool that serves those in the Treasure Valley who wish their children to get the best of preschool learning plus a huge head start learning Spanish. It is entirely feasible for a child to become fluent in Spanish through participation in our preschool. Becoming bilingual will have numerous lifetime benefits for your child including better performance in school and on standardized tests, improved logical thinking ability, better cultural awareness, more job opportunities, higher pay, and many more. Starting in preschool or earlier provides the easiest and fastest environment for children to learn a second language!

A Typical Day

Daily Routine Components
Free choice during drop off and pick up periods
Welcome Song and Greetings (15 min)
Planning time (10-15 minutes)
Centers/Work time (45-60 minutes)
Recall time (10-15 minutes)
Small-group time (15-20 minutes)
Large-group time (15-20 minutes)
Outside time (30-40 minutes)
Eating and rest times (variable)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily communication through speaking directly with parents and weekly written communication of child progress based on teacher observation.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We allow for the parents to remain in the classroom until the child feels comfortable. We also have a low student/teacher ratio that allows for an aide to help the child adjust to the group.