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BIG STEPS Little Feet Preschool

5330 Fenno Way
Reno, NV 89519-2112

(775) 746-3858


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teaching style is adaptive and relative to the uniqueness of each child. With a 5 to 1 ratio it is easy to modify activities to the individual needs of each child

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children learn best when the topics are relative to their developmental stages. They also thrive when their needs are met in an environment with a good ratio of teacher to student. We use the "Self-concept Curriculum" along with the "Creative Curriculum" to give children the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace in a stimulating and loving environment. Chrisitan values characterize the program and children are given opportunities to make friends, gain concepts and effectively prepare for kindergarten

A Typical Day

9:30 Arrivals/Manipulatives
9:45 Circle Time with stories, music, show and tell. helpers, calendar, weather
10:30 Free Time- dramatic play kitchen and dress up, easel painting, art activities, reading center, block center, puppet theater
11:30 Wash up /Snack
11:40 Snack
11:55 Outside time- Bikes, Swings, slides, fun games
12:30pm departures

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a monthly newsletter with parent education, ideas for family fun and news events. We meet for assessment review and conference during the spring of the school year. Parents are able to discuss daily with one or the other teacher and the teachers are available evenings and weekends to converse by phone regarding each child

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

This is based on the individual need of each child and is determined by a discussion and agreement between the parent and teachers