"We don't need every child to grow up to be a scientist, engineer, or designer...but we need everyone to grow up knowing how to think like one" -Dr. Helen Soule
Our preschool is divided into three different classes, each class suiting the needs of each particular age group. The instructional approaches differs depending on age, but all three classes will include daily outdoor nature learning, and the strong focus on S.T.E.A.M. projects.
The indicated ages for our classrooms have a birthday cut off of September 1 in the school year.
Stage 1: The Mulberry Class
Age: Daycare, 18 m- 2.5 y (Cole Valley) 24 m- 2.5 y (Inner Richmond)
Stage 2: The Laurel Class
Age: Preschool, 2.5 y - 3.9 y
Stage 3: The Oak Class
Age: PreK, 4 y - 5.9 y
*Fun fact: Our classes are named after trees found in San Francisco!
Daily outdoor nature learning:
We understand that extended daily exploration in a woodland environment is highly beneficial for developing skills in problem solving, social interaction, risk-taking, and emotional intelligence. By implementing a forest school program, we aim to develop each child physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Each day, our students venture out into Mountain Lake Park (Inner Richmond) or Golden Gate Park (Cole Valley) to dig for worms after the rain, identify and learn different types of leaves, learn the different sounds of nature, and so much more! Our teachers are passionate about ecology and local wildlife and are excited to share the experience with our children.
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) learning has proven to be in more demand than ever for our new generations. We want our children to be prepared for the technical landscape of their future, and we want to make learning fun. As educators, we know that young children love learning how to be critical and creative thinkers through S.T.E.A.M. topics and projects. Not only is the content exciting but it teaches children to apply important knowledge in meaningful ways.
In addition, we heavily emphasize the A in S.T.E.A.M.! Every quarter, we have local artists come into our classrooms to exhibit their work, expand our children's exposure to studio art, and participate on hands-on art projects that introduce them to different mediums and processes. Some artists we've welcomed in the past include Renee DeCarlo Johnson, Elizabeth McClellan, San Francisco street artist FNNCH, The Oakland Symphony, and more!
Multicultural learning and Mandarin learning
We understand the importance of language learning in Early Childhood Education. With exposure to different languages, young children receive significant benefits to brain development, and it also allows students to become rich with cultural understanding. We are fortunate to be located in a diverse community with rich resources, therefore we use language learning to prepare our kids for this ever-changing, multicultural society.
Our Inner Richmond campus is a multilingual community utilizing English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin!
Our Cole Valley campus is a Mandarin Immersion program!