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Animal House Preschool

319 South Ivy St.
Medford, OR 97501

(541) 326-7443


Animal house preschool is conveniently situated in downtown Medford, on a quiet street in a school zone.We are a small preschool registered for fifteen children age 30 months to five years.

Our school is designed to support the total development of young children through the active exploration of the learning environment.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our philosophy is built around recognizing and responding to each child as an individual. With this in mind we strive to provide the necessary amount of interaction, monitoring of progress and individualized planning for each child to full fill his/her academic potential whilst encouraging social and emotional development

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught To enhance our understanding of science and the physical world we include seasonal activities, such as raising painted lady butterflies in our butterfly nursery, growing vegetables in our window laboratory where we can see them growing underground and planning, planting and harvesting our fruit and vegetable garden.

From the Director:

We include teacher directed and child directed activities to allow opportunities for individual, partner and group interaction, encouraging independence and cooperation. Our play centers are an essential ingredient for many areas of development and arouse natural curiosity and the desire to explore and understand the world in which we live.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Children participate in group activities at varying levels of difficulty appropriate to age and ability. Research indicates that this practice of non graded, mixed age grouping is particularly appropriate and effective for preschool learning.
Our staff are highly motivated, enthusiastic and energetic. We are trained in first aid, CPR, nutrition and food handling. Our teacher is qualified in Early Years care and Education, is the Mother of two, has twelve years teaching experience and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission at Animal House is to provide a consistent , quality preschool education in a safe, caring environment. We work to ensure that our children are well prepared, happy and confident about entering school when the time comes and already excited about learning.

A Typical Day

Morning Session 8:00-12:30.
Afternoon Session 1:00-5:30.
Full day session 8.00-5.30.
We spend 30 to 60 minutes of each session playing outside.


8.00-9.00 Arrive, playtime
9.00-9.30 Attendance.letters,numbers etc.
9.30-10.15 Science, weather, art
10.15-10.30 Snack time
10.30-11.00 Music and movement
11.00-11.30 Story time
11.30-12.30 Playtime

Afternoon sessions follow the same schedule.
Both sessions are 41/2 hours.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are the first and most important teachers and carers.
In order for us to know and understand the children we need to have a strong , healthy relationship with parents.
We encourage brief,daily exchanges with staff at drop off and pick up times to allow us to update each other on issues which can affect the child's day with us or time at home.
Parents are welcome to participate in any part of our day such as show and tell, provide items for our display table, join us at music time or to read with individuals or for the group at story time.
Children's work and Information sheets will be sent home regularly to keep parents updated on our projects and topics and to encourage discussions at home to reinforce our lessons.
Parent/ Teacher conferences will be held in January and June.
Parents can schedule an out of hours meeting with our head teacher to discuss any concerns or give information that they are not happy to discuss in front of the children or other parents.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work closely with parents to make transition into preschool easy and enjoyable.Confident children usually greet the experience with excitement , enjoying the challenges and relationships that develop.
The quieter child may take a little time to settle in and can use our settle in strategy.We offer parents the opportunity to visit at any time we are open, on multiple occasions if needed, to familiarize themselves and their child with our staff, school, activities and schedule. If we are given prior notice it helps us to prepare the other children for the visit so that they can address the child by name and make him feel welcome.
We offer two free settle in sessions before full enrollment to make sure we are a good fit for you and your child , and you for us.