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Our Philosophy

We believe that early childhood is a time of natural exploration and discovery. We know that young children learn by “hands on” experiences. Our teachers are highly qualified to scaffold each child’s growth and development in a natural way to help them discover answers to their curiosities about the world around them. Children come into our world eager to learn and discover and the teachers want to support and engage them in a way that will turn them into lifelong learners.

Curriculum

We have a multi-cultural play-based curriculum that encourages learning through art, language, music, pre-math, pre-reading, science, and socialization. Although we prepare children for kindergarten, we do so in a way that makes learning a more natural and fun experience and focus more on the children's interests when we build our emergent curriculum.

Our biggest philosophy is built around the community. We want the children to learn what is like to be a part of the community and how they can help in the community. We take daily walks in the Inner Sunset community and we know all of the surrounding businesses where we also take mini field trips to. For example, Eazy Breezy and Hometown Creamery opens their doors for us to take annual tours before they open and Park Smile welcomes us to chat about dental hygiene. For Halloween, we go trick or treating in the neighborhood and to give back, we take the children caroling in December for the holidays. We also teach the children how to be a part of the school community. We encourage the older children to help out in the younger classrooms and when someone needs help, to ask a friend before a teacher.

To facilitate an age appropriate curriculum, we have four separate classrooms, 2's and 3's, 3's and 4's, 4's and 5's, and Pre-Kindergarden.

Afternoon Program

We provide Enrichment Programs for every afternoon.

Mondays- Music with Mr. Rado

Kid Music SF comes to Stepping Stones every Monday afternoon where the children engage in developmentally appropriate music class that is hands-on and full of movement. Mr. Rado brings in scarves, eggs, parachutes, and other musical instruments for the children to be active and engaged with his music.

Tuesdays- "Fitness" Class with Coach Jenny

Miss Jenny is a national US weightlifting champion and she's also one of our amazing preschool teachers. She teaches the children about their body and spatial awareness in a developmental way. They are able to participate in gross motor activities that are fun but also help build up their physical skills.

Wednesdays- Science Class with Miss Nahid

Miss Nahid teaches the children the fundamentals of science- observation, hypothesis, and conclusion. They are able to observe, document, make guesses, and discover their answers on their own through fun simple experiments.

Thursdays- Spanish with Maestra Maggie

Estrellitas en Espanol comes to our school every Thursday. Maestra Maggie is also an early educator and she is able to teach Spanish through music, songs, and games.

Fridays- Mindfulness Class with Miss Paulina

Mindful Awareness is similar to yoga in focus but with less of the poses. It is a special focus on breathing techniques and learning about your body. It is incredibly helpful for young children (and adults!). It teaches them to focus on their body and when to recognize when there is a change inside (when they are upset or their feelings shift). Mindfulness provides the children with different calming outlets when they are feeling upset or frustrated. And hopefully they will be able to take these practices as they grow older to help with any future stress they may have.

Preschool Highlights

  • Flexible scheduling, including extended care
  • Low child-teacher ratio (6:1)
  • Four classrooms to faciliate age-appropriate learning
  • Daily excursion to Golden Gate Park and surrounding gardens
  • Community Building: Monthly field trips to places in the community
  • Strong Pre-K (4-5's) program: Our Pre-K classes take monthly field trips to the California Academy of Sciences to document in their science journals; visits to kindergarten classrooms to mentally prepare for the transition; learning how to be a part of the community and how even tiny humans can make a difference (see an example in this SF Chronicle article: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Historic-SF-playground-to-cost-1-million-to-fix-11257034.php#photo-13168802)
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