We are All Five
At All Five we believe that each child is unique, curious, creative and a competent learner. Therefore, the learning process is not based on prescribed lesson plans, but on what children are motivated to learn. This is a dynamic process called “Emergent Curriculum.” Teachers respectfully observe children while they play and explore. Based on these observations, teachers identify children’s interests, strengths and needs, and prepare developmentally appropriate learning environments. Because it emerges from the children, the more diverse the group is, the more perspectives are brought into the classroom. This contributes to enrich the curriculum and enhance children’s learning.
Every day at All Five children encounter sand, water, paint, clay and wooden blocks. Through free play and exploration with these simple materials, their creativity and whole-child development is supported. Pretend-play, music and literacy are also essential components of All Five classroom and outdoor spaces. Our natural environment also provides infinite opportunities for learning. We are committed to taking care of our planet and seek to inspire children in taking this responsibility.
Children learn best when they feel secure, so building respectful and responsive relationships is a core of our teaching practices. We respect each other, are responsive to each other, and learn from each other. Teachers at All Five strive to be models of this practice. They are keen and observant supporters of each child’s drive to learn and grow. Teachers scaffold children’s learning by asking open-ended questions, by modelling problem-solving skills, by supporting collaboration, or even by just describing what children are doing. Also, teachers at All Five are curious and life-long learners themselves! They are continuously reflecting on their practices and learning about child development through collaborative team meetings, professional development days and ongoing early childhood education classes.
At All Five we believe children learn best and flourish when school and their families work together to support them. Through shared classroom time and volunteering projects, each family can support and enrich our learning environment. Families usually volunteer for four hours per month. All Five also hosts monthly events for families and staff to connect with each other, learn together and discuss how the school is working.
|7:30am – 9:00am||Gradual entry and arrival. Healthy breakfast available, family style. Indoor and outdoor projects including block-building, painting, water-exploration, sand work, cooking, and clay manipulation.|
|9:00am – 10:30am||Continuation for projects and activity areas|
|10:30am – 10:45am||Optional healthy snack (usually served outside)|
|10:45am – 11:45am||Continuation of projects for the day (mostly outside)|
|11:45am – 11:45am||Circle times: music and movement, singing, stories and dramatic play, book-reading|
|11:45am – 12:30pm||Family style lunch|
|12:30pm – 1:00pm||Teeth-brushing, bathroom, get ready for nap, quiet reading|
|1:00pm – 3:00pm||Nap or rest and quiet time. This is handled based on individual needs of children. The time is approximate.|
|3:00pm – 4:30pm||Healthy snack served as children are ready, family style, with conversation and books, with further exploration of indoor and outdoor activities as above|
|4:30pm – 5:30pm||Children and teachers work together for clean-up and preparation for closing|
INFANT-TODDLER PROGRAM (Coming soon!)
Joy grew up in the Bay Area and went to SF State University. She lived in Japan working as an artisan and teaching ESL for many years. She found fulfillment in working with children there, so she pursued studies and work in Early Childhood Education from 2012 after her return to the US.
Carol is a Stanford-educated, 30-year veteran teacher. She has taught, directed and founded several early education programs including at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, Stanford Sierra Camp, and at Head Start in East Palo Alto. She is a 2013 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.
Director of Finance
Lynne is originally from New Zealand and came to the US in 2014 with her husband. Lynne brings financial and operational experience from her travels around the world. In the spring of 2016, she met Carol through a mutual friend, and started volunteering at All Five. In Fall 2016, she joined our staff and is now responsible for our Finances and Operations.