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The Marin Preschool Guide

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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.

Preschool Profile: Hamilton Preschool Programs in Novato

August 14, 2013

Novato State Preschool ProgramThe Hamilton preschool programs are run by Novato Parks and Recreation and include Pre-K (ages 4–5), Tiny Tots (ages 3–4), and Teeny Tots (ages 2–3). Programs take place at the Hamilton Community Center. They offer a healthy balance of play and academics to stimulate social, emotional, and educational growth.

There will be an open house this weekend, August 17 from 10-11:30 am.

The Hamilton programs are taught by two California credentialed teachers who have preschool and elementary school experience, and are knowledgeable in Novato Unified School District curriculum and standards and will offer necessary preparation for Kindergarten as well as important social skill building. We asked the staff to tell us more about the school and its programs and why it might be a great choice for your child.

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

We are a quality program that focuses on social, emotional, and academic development. We provide a safe, loving, warm environment for children to play, learn, laugh, and grow. We believe children learn through their play as well as a small amount of direct instruction. We are credentialed teachers and moms that have worked in and have/had children in the Novato preschool and elementary school system and have taken that knowledge into our program so that they are well-rounded and