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Buttons 'n Bows Preschool And Kindergarten

2600 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

(801) 278-8223


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

With our low student-to-teacher ratios, students get lots of one-on-one time and curriculum that is personally tailored to their needs! Our teachers instruct using Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and differentiate accordingly based on student needs and abilities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our students learn through developmentally appropriate practice using hands-on, experiential learning. We are so much more than a daycare! Your child will enjoy an educational, thematic curriculum along with many super-fun field trips to destinations including This is the Place Heritage Park, Tracy Aviary, the Museum of Natural History, Wheeler Farm, Red Butte Gardens, The Living Planet Aquarium, the Planetarium, Hogle Zoo and MORE! We also offer swimming lessons, soccer clinics, dance lessons, karate and children's yoga sessions. Extra activities include puppet shows, picnics at the park, science workshops and MORE!

A Typical Day

7:30-9:00 Free-play activities while students arrive

9:00 – 12:00 Individual preschool class time
This time frame includes:
· Morning Snack
· Circle Time
· Show & Tell
· Project based on curriculum theme
· Learning Centers (art, sensory, dramatic play, blocks, math/manipulatives, etc…)
· Reading
· Outdoor Play

12:00 Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 Wind-down activities (Stories, Singing Time, etc…)

1:00 – 3:00 Half-day children go home.
Nap for all full-day children under five years old.
"Awake kids" have story time, rest, and quiet centers.

3:00 – 5:00 Afternoon class time
This time frame includes:
· Afternoon Snack
· Circle Time
· Afternoon Project
· Learning Centers
· Reading
· Outdoor Play

5:00 – 6:00 Combine with other classes for free-play while students go home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent involvement is very important for our school! Parent-teacher conferences are held in the Fall and the Spring and parents are incouraged to visit their child's classroom at any time. Buttons 'n Bows has a monthly newsletter, monthly activity and curriculum calendars to keep parents informed. Photographs of classroom activities, field trips and events are posted on our private photo-sharing site. The Director or Assistant Director is available at all times to receive phone calls and answer emails.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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


Handling Separation: From the Director

We understand how hard it can be to leave your child with us if they are crying and upset. No matter how happy you are with your child care facility, you will be overwhelmed with guilt when you leave them in tears. Here are some simple ways to ease the process and help your little one adjust:

A. Prevention: Try to spend a few quiet minutes with your child each morning. Talk to them about what you will be doing at work or school and ask the child what they will be doing.
B. Honesty: When you’re child says, “I don’t want to go to school today,” admit that sometimes you don’t feel like going to work either. Sympathize and don’t try to be falsely cheerful. It’s reasonable to acknowledge that everyone has those kinds of days.
C. Routine: Children need routine. Routine says to a child that his world is a safe and secure place, and that you will return for him. Little “rituals” like letting your child hold your briefcase of purse in the car, or sharing a thermos of juice on the way to school can help a child feel secure in their world.
D. Leave a Part of Yourself: A very young child who is having a hard time leaving you will be comforted if you leave something he/she identifies with you. One mother discovered that her four-year-old daughter was completely happy when she left her credit card with the instructions, “Now you must keep this safe today because we’re going to go shopping tonight.” A father found that his three-year-old son immediately stopped crying when his dad offered to leave his gloves with him! While this may not make much sense to us, as a child it is perfectly logical. Mom and Dad will return because they have left something of value!
E. Rewards: A system of rewards works really well for most children. Remember that the younger the child the more immediate the reward needs to be. For an older child a treat at the end of the week would work, but or a three or four-year-old the reward needs to be NOW!
F. A Clean Break: Nothing is more important than the moment you walk your child into their class. Tell your child to have a good day, give them a brief hug and kiss, and LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! A tearful child may cling to you for, “just one more kiss…” but a swift departure will enable your child to join their friends in play, while a prolonged departure turns a tearful child into a hysterical one! If you would like the reassurance, feel free to call the school about 15 minutes after you’ve left and ask a teacher how your child is doing. Almost 100% of the time they are happy and playing with their friends.