Preschool in San Francisco, CA 94110
3786 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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The Room To Grow is a mixed-age, Reggio-inspired, emergent-curriculum Preschool with locations in the Rockridge district of Oakland and the Bernal Heights district of San Francisco. Neither school community has more than 26 families at any time.
Our staff provides the nurturing, encouraging framework children need to have the confidence to construct personal knowledge. Teachers are mindful to offer new experiences within a logical and meaningful context Project work always starts with the question What do you already know about that? and is followed by What do you want to know about that?
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We believe that by playing and socializing with a group of peers while under the guidance of trained teachers, children maximize their growth experiences and develop the skills necessary to be succesSFul. These skills include knowing how to resolve coNFLicts in verbal, rather than physical ways, how to approach another child in a positive, altruistic manner for collaboration, resourcing and just plain fun.
When the team of classroom teachers properly sets the stage, our children are intellectually engaged and investEducation As children participate in a variety of creative activities in art, music and movement, they gain confidence in their own ideas and abilities, having had an opportunity to practice their developing skills. In the Reggio Preschool model, the environment is considered the third teacher, passively offering materials as beautiful provocations that invite spontaneous investigation and leave possibilities wide open.
When a project topic emerges from these explorations and observations, discussion emerges about HOW to go about learning more about the subject at hand. Teachers are careful to facilitate and support without directing or leading. This constructivist approach keeps the project work authentic and meaningful for the children involvEducation
As observed in the Reggio Emilia 100 Languages, the children are encouraged to express their ideas through a wide variety of media. They bring their observations and questions to drawing, painting, sculpting, story telling, acting and photo documentation, to name a few. Children need an opportunity to work through, re-visit and enhance their developing concept-formation abilities as well as their cognitive development; clarifying misconceptions and refining ideas through the process of play and self-expression.
During this rich and exciting process, great relationships are built, friendships are made and a community is born. Every year is a unique experience reflecting the individual and collective personalities of the children and families.
In summary, children gain a sense of autonomya confidence in their own abilitiesand a sense of their personal value from their contributions and experiences in Preschool. at The Room To Grow, our mission is to create confident, competent learners, one individual at a time.