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Tucker-Maxon School

2860 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-3697

(503) 235-6551


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Name cards, individual alphabet books, journals
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Materials for sorting (e.g., dice, blocks, animals, shapes, etc.)
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
  • Routine observation of natural objects and processes (e.g. weather observation and prediction)
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing in the classrooms and singing along with recorded music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Regular visiting artist in residence; art room
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
  • Full-time PE teacher; climbing wall and certified instructor
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Tucker-Maxon follows the Creative Curriculum ( and places special emphasis developing speech and language.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

When you enroll your hearing child in Tucker-Maxon's preschool program, you are laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning and citizenship.

By learning alongside children who are hearing impaired, our hearing students learn to value differences and believe in social justice.

Research consistently shows the long-term benefit of small class sizes, especially for young children. In Tucker-Maxon's preschool program, 2 and sometimes 3 highly qualified adults serve each class of up to 18, ensuring an intimate, child-centered school experience.

A Typical Day

Schedule for 3-year-old preschool class:

9:00 - 9:15 Check in
9:15- 9:50 Choice/ Small group activity
9:50 - 9:55 Clean up
9:55 - 10:10 Welcome Circle
10:10 - 10:25 Snack
10:25 - 11:10 Recess
11:10 - 11:30 Circle Time (dancing & story)
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 12:10 Books and Puzzles
12:10 - 12:30 Choice Time/ Small group activity
12:30 - 12:50 Recess
12:50 - 1:00 Goodbye Circle

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school