Welcome to Our Newly Renovated Preschool Center

Preschool

Your preschooler is becoming more verbal, continuing to explore new things around them and is beginning to develop social skills. A balanced routine and flexibility is important at this age as your child’s developmental needs are different from their peers.

  

To do this, your child’s preschool teacher and our classroom create a nurturing, home-like classroom environment where your toddler is treated as a capable individual, whose opinions, actions and thoughts are respected and valued.

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired, emergent learning curriculum is designed to stimulate the whole child through experiences in math, science, language, arts and music. Language development is rapid at this age, so we also take this opportunity to help increase their vocabulary. All lessons are presented in a way to help develop each child’s imagination by learning through play.

Pre-Kinders

Your pre-kinders is growing up fast, potty-trained and eager to learn new things. At this age, your child is more coordinated and is absorbing lots of information every day.  

At Little STEaMers, your child’s day is carefully planned out with a variety of hands-on activities to encourage learning and socialization. Your child is taught to write their name and recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Preschool teachers introduce concepts like opposites, identifying emotions and basic directional skills. At this age, we also put a large focus on teaching self-awareness and fostering independence by helping your child master their self-help skills.

We design our preschool classrooms with these developmental milestones in mind and equip each classroom with age-appropriate, educational toys to help continue inspiring your child’s curiosity and desire to learn and engage with their classmates and their environment. 

Food

Our programs provide healthy and freshly cooked meals prepared by a retired chef.

Tuition
Effective August 1, 2022: Infant-Toddler and Preschool Tuition

COVID-19 Protocols
LS adheres to all local, state and federal COVID-19 guidance.

Reggio-Inspired Preschool with STEaM

  “No way. The hundred is there.”

-Loris Malaguzzi-

The child is made of one hundred.
The child has

a hundred languages
a
hundred hands
a
hundred thoughts
a
hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred ways of listening, 

of marveling, of loving,

A hundred joys

for singing and understanding

A hundred worlds to discover

A hundred worlds to invent

hundred worlds to dream.

Principles of Reggio Emillio

  1. Children are capable of constructing their own learning.

    Children are the main initiators of their own learning process and should be treated as active collaborators in their education, as opposed to passive observers.

  2. Children are collaborators and learn through interaction within their communities.

    Learning is based on relationships across all spectrums of learning. In Reggio Emilia there is a close interaction between teachers, parents, and children.

  3. Children are natural communicators and should be encouraged to express themselves however they feel they can.

    Children learn through words, movement, drawings, paintings, buildings, sculptures, and more.

  4. The classroom environment acts as the third teacher.

    Children thrive in welcoming, aesthetically pleasing environments that are suited to their interests and developmental stages. The layout of the classroom promotes relationships, communication, collaboration, and exploration through play.

  5. Teachers are partners, nurturers, and guides who help facilitate the exploration of children’s interests.

    Teachers guide experiences, discovery, and problem solving. A teacher listens and observes the children, as well as questions and looks for opportunities to encourage further exploration of a child’s interests.

  6. Documentation is a critical component of communication.

    Teachers document the learning process within the classroom and transcribe the verbal language used by children using photos, videos and a portfolio of artwork.

  7. Parents are partners in education.

    Parental participation in their child’s education as a critical component of the learning philosophy. Parents should always be invited to play an active role in their child’s learning experiences as well as help to ensure the welfare of the children in the community around them.

Mission & Vision

We believe all children should realize their potential to transform the world, and  in the “hundred-languages” of each child. We define our education as research and believe it is based on reciprocal relationships among children, teachers and parents. We strive to create learning experiences that facilitate each child’s unique emergent interests.

Our program allows students to deeply engage in learning, in a fun and challenging way which provide preschoolers various opportunities for growth in STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

Core Beliefs

  • We believe that each child possesses internal resources and talents which need support, time, and quality relationships (with adults and peers) to come to fruition.

  • We believe every child has a "hundred languages," through which he/she can express thought and feelings, questions and doubts, dreams and desires and build knowledge.

  • We believe it is more important to listen than to be heard; more challenging to ask questions than to require answers; more beneficial to scaffold choices than to micro-manage behavior. 

 

In order to cultivate beneficial lifelong characteristics like pro-active communication, group conflict resolution, intrinsic motivation, healthy risk-taking, and resilience to failure, we are deeply committed to intense interventions in each child’s journey. 

Our Program

The first Reggio-inspired and STEAM-based preschool in Fremont area, Olive Children Preschool | Little STEaMers offers a stimulating educational program in a warm, nurturing setting. Imagine your child creating, designing, playing, and learning using a variety of materials, loose parts, and resources. All while a dedicated teacher intentionally asks your child questions to engage them in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math of what they are doing.

Reggio Approach

  • Children, even very young children, are capable of constructing their own learning

  • Teachers and students co-construct knowledge together through inquiry

  • Teachers analyze student understandings and offer invitations or questions that deepen student learning

  • Children are capable of expressing themselves in various “languages,” many of them involving arts or construction, and should be offered the opportunity to do so.

  • Teachers are not “fountains of knowledge”, they are “fountains of questions”

STEaM for Young Children

Innovation and creativity go hand in hand with our developmentally  appropriate  STEAM curriculum. The curriculum will 

  • Engage children with the knowledge and life experiences

  • Teach children to navigate  challenges and generate solutions

  • Develop critical thinking skills, and be a problem solver

  • Challenge children with interesting problems and help facilitate their journey of discovery in solving them.

 

The child is an explorer and researcher of the world. The teacher's role is that of a fellow investigator and partner-in-learning.

Tri-Lingual Languages

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Why Little STEaMers Preschool

Role of Teachers

We as Educators are not only nurturers, we are partners, facilitators, observers, and co-learners who have a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices

Role of Parents

We will succeed more if we join hands together, we believe that every child can bond stronger with the teachers if they see their parents and teachers are a strong team

Planning of Emergent Curriculum

We plan learning beginning with observations of children in action, then a thoughtful response.

"Child initiated, teacher framed", both have a voice-- therefore curriculum is a collaboration.

The Learning Environment

The environment itself is viewed as a teacher, inviting children into action and guiding them into individual and small group play

Observation and Documentation

We learn best about children by watching them in action and taking note of he learning that they are experiencing.