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A Child's Way Kindergarten

12755 Nw Dogwood St
Portland, OR 97229

(503) 644-8407


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A Child's Way offers an experiential learning environment, encouraging high self-esteem, independence, and positive social interactions. We believe in helping children build high self-esteem in a non-competitive atmosphere, an atmosphere where mistakes or failures are viewed as natural happenings from which we learn. We believe that helping children learn to accept what is beautifully unique about themselves and others is of primary importance.

Our guidance policy is based on a problem-solving technique which empowers children to negotiate workable solutions to their problems. This same technique encompasses our approach to all learning situations. We strongly believe in the value of play and its relationship to learning. A primary goal of our program is to sustain and enhance the play activity of our children. Our classrooms are thoughtfully organized to serve the developmental needs of children. The children are free to discover, explore, and learn in a safe, predictable environment.

We believe that children are learning every moment and it is our responsibility to recognize how they learn and facilitate that process. We offer an anti-bias curriculum which is rich and varied, offering many experiences in art, music, dramatic play, large motor activities, blocks, games, science, pre-math, pre-reading, and pre-writing skills, social studies, language arts, and Spanish.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school