Preschools

Getting Kids off the Fast Track so They Can Play: An Interview with the Mountain School's Lori Grey

November 10, 2015

The Mountain School It’s been 14 years since Lori Grey’s everyday life revolved around the Mountain School, as her daughter, Haley, attended as a three and four-year-old. “It feels nice to come full circle.” Now a college-bound senior at San Francisco Waldorf School, Grey says Haley has fond memories of her time at the school. “She knew she was exactly where she was supposed to be. She had the experience of being fully three and fully four.”

Grey sat down with Mountain School parent Beth Tribolet on an October afternoon to discuss what constitutes Waldorf-inspired education, as the sounds of children at play wafted through her office.

At its best, what can a Waldorf-inspired preschool accomplish?

You want to bring out the best in children; you want to bring out their soul and their personalities. In Waldorf education there’s a common central theme that says children need to engage with each other, engage with nature, and engage with play in a deep and meaningful way. Essentially it is the best preparation for life. You are definitely dealing with the individual but you’re also dealing with fostering community spirit. It’s not just about them as individuals but it is about individuals in the spirit of community, which you achieve by developing empathy skills.

Open House Today at Le Petit Jardin French Preschool

October 24, 2015

Le Petit JardinCome see what a French immersion preschool looks like and meet other Francophone and Francophile families of Marin! Le Petit Jardin, a brand new licensed preschool and child care facility in San Anselmo is holding an open house and crepe party on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:30 am to noon!

Come see the school, meet the school staff and families, ask questions about the program, and eat fresh, handmade crepes, compliments of Le Petit Jardin! There will also be a fun, interactive French story time for the children and a "donations jar" to raise funds to purchase new French books for the Le Petit Jardin children's library.

Headlands Kids Co-Op School Now Forming!

October 19, 2015

Headlands Kids

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Headlands Kids Coop School.

Are you the parent of a 2–3 year old who believes it’s never too early to learn? Do you have the time and ideas to control your child’s education? Do you value STEM education and are ready to learn?

Then we invite you to join us to form an academic oriented co-op preschool group which will focus on the principles of STEM learning. We have the space—now we need the families!

Our goal is to run the program for 2 to 3 days a week. Our first task will be to work together on the curriculum and build the desired educational environment for our children using parental involvement with teacher support. We are building this project for our children, not as a business opportunity and welcome other Marin parents who value a high-quality, hands on, early childhood education.

Please visit our website www.headlandskids.org or email us today at headlandskids@2023place.org!

New Storytelling Series at Marin Waldorf School

November 11, 2014

Marin Waldorf School Storytelling SeriesDo you and your kids love a great story? Come to Marin Waldorf School on Tuesday afternoons for their new Storytelling Series!

Stories are presented by Marin Waldorf's preschool and kindergarten faculty, and take place in the school's warm and welcoming classrooms. Stories are appropriate for children ages 3 to 6. Best of all, this program is open to the public and free of charge!

Storytelling Series programs take place from 3:30 to 4 pm on the following Tuesdays: November 11 and December 16, 2014 and January 16, February 3, and March 24, 2015. Please arrive early, as stories begin promptly at 3:30 pm. The first story, on November 11, is A Caterpillar's Voice.

Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road in the Lucas Valley–Marinwood area of San Rafael. To get there, take Highway 101 to the Lucas Valley Road exit and head west on Lucas Valley Road. Turn right onto Miller Creek Road, then left onto Idylberry Road. Marin Waldorf School will be on your left.

Culture, Community, and Play: Lycée Français de San Francisco Brings a New Playground to Sausalito

November 3, 2014

Lycée Français de San FranciscoMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Lycée Français de San Francisco, which offers preschool and K–8 education at its Marin County campus in Sausalito. To learn more, visit the school online at lelycee.org.

The beginning of this school year marked a milestone for the Lycée Français de San Francisco’s campus in the Ebbtide neighborhood of Sausalito. The French immersion primary school started classes in in the fall of 2013, but the will and generosity of its parent community, along with the collaboration of Sausalito City Council, culminated this past September in the final touches on a playground that can be shared by children throughout Southern Marin.

The days are starting to edge towards a Bay Area winter, but the sun still shines brightly off the yellows and greens of the school’s play structure. LFSF boasts a strong community of families, and their dedication to their school and its new location brought this private and public space to fruition. The pride and personal investment of parents and classes is displayed on the colorful tile wall that runs along the playground’s northwest side.

Marin Preschool Profile: Little Mountain Preschool in San Anselmo

September 25, 2014

Little Mountain PreschoolLocated in San Anselmo's Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, Little Mountain Preschool is a new preschool that serves children ages 3 to 5. Now entering its second year of operation, Little Mountain Preschool prepares little ones for school through a play-based curriculum. Learn more about the school and its programs at www.littlemountainpreschool.org.

Please describe your school’s philosophy. What is it all about?

Little Mountain Preschool is a play-based preschool located in Sleepy Hollow in San Anselmo. The program consists of children who are 3, 4, and 5, the youngest being 3 years of age by September 1 the year of entry. Children who turn 5 after August 1 are eligible for our Pre K program. Our Pre K program is a teacher-guided, child-centered program. We give all children tools to inspire and foster critical thinking and inquiry. We are a multi-age classroom. Each child is given many varied opportunities for working and learning through a play-based curriculum. Our school, inside and out, is rich in materials that allow young children to grow physically, intellectually and emotionally. Our goal is to provide a preschool experience that prepares children for future success.

Preschool Profile: St. Francis Preschool in Novato

June 3, 2014

St. Francis PreschoolNestled among tall oak and pine trees, St. Francis Preschool has been serving families in the North Bay Area for over 45 years. A semi-structured play-based program offers children the opportunity to become curious learners who are socially competent, co-operative, motivated, capable, self-reliant and considerate. We strive to prepare children to be independent and self-reliant so they are ready for elementary school. Learn more about the school and its programs at stfrancispreschoolnovato.org.

Please describe your school's educational philosophy. What’s it all about?

At St. Francis, we provide a developmentally appropriate education with an excellent balance between structure, play, socialization and kindergarten readiness. Our semi-structured program includes periods of self-directed time where children learn and discover through their play, as well as teacher-directed activities. Our curriculum encourages problem solving, exploration, decision-making, creativity, self-expression, dramatic play, and group interaction.

Preschool Profile: Gan Israel Preschool in San Rafael

January 27, 2014

Gan Israel PreschoolEstablished in 1989, Gan Israel is a licensed preschool facility that has been directed by Gittel Rice Goodman since 1990. During these many years the preschool has changed and evolved into a Jewish community preschool serving all children and families regardless of their faith or religious affiliation, focusing on school readiness skills, Jewish holidays, and the important human values of kindness, caring and respect for one another and for the world we live in. Learn more about the school and its programs at www.ganisraelsanrafael.com

Please describe your school's educational philosophy. What’s it all about?

Gan Israel is an independent, inclusive, Jewish community preschool that focuses on respecting and valuing each individual child and their family. Our student to teacher ratio and our group size is low to ensure each child receives personalized and caring attention.  In addition to school-readiness skills, we focus on teaching and modeling human values such as: kindness, caring and respect. We focus on teaching children how to respect the world they live in. Nature and Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”) are underlying themes in all we teach.  At Gan Israel we celebrate Jewish holidays in a very joyous and hands-on way; geared to young children and with consideration of the many different ways that people celebrate Judaism. Our teachers are a warm and dedicated group of early childhood educators. The teacher’s role is to encourage each child to explore and discover new ideas and to help the child strive to reach his or her full potential.

Preschool Profile: Oak View Nursery School in San Rafael

October 21, 2013

Oak View Nursery SchoolFor over three decades, Oak View Nursery School has been educating little ones in San Rafael. Located on Skyview Terrace, off Las Gallinas Avenue, Oak View offers programs for children ages 2 years and 3 months through transitional kindergarten. Learn more about the school and its programs at www.oakviewkids.org.

Please describe your school's educational philosophy. What’s it all about?

“To touch a child’s life is to reach the future!”

Oak View Nursery School was founded for the purpose of providing the community with the best in early childhood education for children from the ages of 2 years and 3 months to kindergarten age.

Our philosophy is that each child is totally, and wholly a real person and our approach is recognition and respect for that fact. They are individuals with individual needs and desires.

Recognizing that fact, we try to assist them to grow physically and emotionally at their own rate of development, while stimulating them in a way that opens up with awareness of themselves, of others, and the world around them.

Oakview is a family oriented school that considers parents our partners in caring for their children so that their educational process enhances their self-image and takes into account the social world of which we are all a part.

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