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Sunshine School

2700 Southeast 67th Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

(503) 775-1533


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
  • Maps
  • 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 We have a unique curriculum that changes themes weekly. Each theme incorporates a different letter, number, color & shape. We also have several guest speakers each month, large carnivals, rodeos and big activities, as well as a Christmas & Graduation program for all students.

From the Director:

Our preschool curriculum has been developed by several highly qualified teachers and refined over many years. We offer changing activities weekly and opportunities for self-exploration and teacher-directed activities in every classroom. Our Kindergarten curriculum is ACSI.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our low teacher to child ratio allows teachers to work individually with students or prepare individual materials/curriculum based on each child's level of development. While a teacher works one-on-one with a student, an assistant teacher aids in supervising the class.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our infant & toddler programs are self contained classrooms.

Our preschool, kindergarten and daycamp classes offer uniquely rotating schedules that allow children to remain with the same teacher and students throughout the day while experiencing all 7 of our classrooms.

A Typical Day

Infants & Toddlers are in a self-contained classroom and their schedules are individualized.

Preschool (sample schedule):
7:00 am - Concept Room open
8:00 am - Front Room, Art Room, Concept Room or Gym open
8:30 am - Front Room, Art Room, Concept Room, Gym or Dramatic Play Room open
8:45 am - Music & Dance in the Gym with all Preschool, morning only students arrive
9:00 am - Preschool classes disburse into their classrooms for opening time, calendar, name bears, weather, jobs, etc.
9:30 am - Potty, wash & go to snack
9:45 am - Bible and reading activities
10:00 am - Art Room
10:30 am - Concept Room
11:00 am - Playground or Gym
11:30 am - Potty, wash & go to lunch
12:00 pm - Dramatic Play room
12:30 pm - Reading, quiet time, wash & potty, morning only students go home at 12:45 pm
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Nap/rest time
3:00 pm - Potty, wash & go to snack
3:30 pm - Art Room
4:00 pm - Playground or Gym
4:30 pm - Music, playground or Gym
5:00 pm - Concept Room or Front Room
6:00 pm - School closes

Please contact our Kindergarten teacher or Director for further information on their schedule and weekly/monthly activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a parent handbook, open house, home visits for preschool, monthly paper and email newsletter, weekly updates from teachers, individual conference or meetings available at any time with our teachers or Director, as well as monthly community events for families. We have an open door policy and encourage parents to volunteer or visit our classrooms. Our Pre-Kingergarten classes receive progress reports twice annually and our Kindergarten class has individual conferences and report cards quarterly.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is handled on an individual basis. We have a variety of opportunities for families to visit our classrooms before they enroll at Sunshine School and a variety of options once their child starts school. Throughout the year our teachers work individually with parents on the best course for their child.