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The Green Tulip Preschool

SE Steele St
Portland, OR 97206

Phone:
(503) 310-5772

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An indoor/outdoor preschool that focuses on nature, social development, and hands-on learning.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Preschool years should be an introduction to our universe....Our school believes strongly in the Montessori education and have used it as a platform to build an exciting environment filled with a wide range of interesting and challenging activties designed to intrigue your child and develop their natural curiosity for learning. Our indoor/outdoor school is designed to allow equal access to our outdoor and indoor classrooms year round. We believe strongly that the first years should not be spent in a confined space, rather the children need to have the freedom to freely move about and explore their world.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught We have bunnies, chicken, fish, outdoor bird sanctuary, an outdoor classroom equipped with numerous learning activities and an extensive indoor school with an array of learning opportunities.

From the Director:

Our school believes strongly in the Montessori education and have used it as a platform to build an exciting environment filled with a wide range of interesting and challenging activties designed to intrigue your child and develop their natural curiosity for learning. Our indoor/outdoor school is designed to allow equal access to our outdoor and indoor classrooms year round. We believe strongly that the first years should not be spent in a confined space, rather the children need to have the freedom to freely move about and explore their world.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have created an environment that allows the children access to a variety of learning opportunities to explore. Children will have the freedom to move about and explore topics that are of interest to them. We strongly believe in nurturing the children's natural curiosity and work with the children to develop lesson plans to satisfy their interests.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At The Green Tulip we work on every aspect of development. We try to instill core values such as honesty, empathy, nurturing, caring and sharing.We focus on group harmony, and we address everything from hygiene & table manners to peace in the world and charity. We encourage self-sufficiency and confidence building and empower our friends to reach their full potential. Our school is inspired by the Montessori , Regio Emilia, and Waldrof philosophies where the children choose what they want to learn and explore. Our classroom is set up in a way that encourages exploration and allows the children to become independent and self sufficient.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teachers work gently and patiently with children who may have seperation anxiety. We have developed a fun and exciting system of "mail" to ease drop offs and encourage a fun and happy day at our school. Our teachers have had amazing success in eliminating separation anxiety and developing a health sense of security for our friends. More often than not, our friends do not want to go home!