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Avenues Preschool I

410 3rd Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

(801) 328-0328


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
  • many malipulatives that encourage counting, sorting and clasification as well as problem solving
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
  • science center
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
  • community projects and ongoing art
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

From the Director:

Our program comines the aspects of the Reggio Emilia Approach with the principals of developmenatlly appropriate practive so that the children are learning in a hand's on environment with goals in mind.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers build portfolios and assesments on every child in the class based on observed behaviors of the children as opposed to testing.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to participate in the program in any way they can. Some families send in materials for special projects, others volunteer in the classroom or attend field trips and still others do typing and scrpbooking from home.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school