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From North 101: Take Lucas Valley/Smith Ranch Rd. Exit. At the stop sign turn left onto Lucas Valley Road. Go west on Lucas Valley Rd. for approximately one quarter mile. Take first left onto Los Gamos Drive. You will see a large sign on the corner of Lucas Valley Road and Los Gamos that says Marin Commons. Continue up Los Gamos Rd. until you come to 1600 Los Gamos. We are the second building on the left hand side of the street. We have a large white awning that says "Lobby C" at the entrance to our building. From South 101: Take Lucas Valley Rd/Smith Ranch Road Exit. At the stop light, turn left onto Lucas Valley Road. The first street you come to will be Los Gamos Drive. There is a large sign on the corner of Los Gamos and Lucas Valley Rd. that says Marin Commons. Turn left. Continue up Los Gamos Rd. until you come to 1600 Los Gamos. We are the second building on the left hand side of the street. We have a large white awning that says "Lobby C" on the entrance to our building.

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Pre-Kindergarten children are physically and cognitively able to take on more challenges while still engaging in important foundational learning like friendship building and developing a strong self-concept. Our READY for SCHOOL program helps your child reach his or her greatest potential in all areas including beginning reading and writing skills, math and science concepts, large and small muscle skills, and social and emotional development.

Our teachers stimulates each child’s innate curiosity and exploratory nature to prepare children for lifelong learning and the skills needed to succeed in school and life.

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Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Listening, speaking, pre-reading and reading, pre-writing and writing 
  • Math Counts Classification, time and spatial relations, number order and number problems, geometry and measurement.
  • Science Rocks Investigates properties, living things and the environment, forces of nature, motion and gravity, scientific inquiry skills, technology.
  • ArtSmart Visual art, music, dance and creative movement, dramatic art
  • Well Aware Nutrition, health and safety, motor and fitness.
  • Our World Identity development, emotional intelligence, critical thinking about the world, care of the environment.

Learning at Home

Recycled Materials Family Band

You Will Need:

Music, wood, plastic or metal surfaces to use as drums, wooden and metal spoons to use as drum sticks, paper towel rolls, waxed paper, cups, plastic wrap, materials (such as uncooked rice or beans) to put in the maracas.

Directions:

With your child, look at pictures of musical instruments, such as drums, kazoos, and maracas, and then make and play them.

  • Make drums from empty coffee cans with plastic lids, round oatmeal containers, or pots and pans
  • Make kazoos by placing waxed paper over one end of a paper towel roll, adhere the waxed paper with tape, and then poke two or three holes in the waxed paper.
  • Make maracas by putting pebbles or uncooked rice or beans in plastic cups, then sealing the top with paper and tape. Supervise the use of dried rice and beans closely, as they can pose a choking hazard.
  • Play music and dance with your child, playing the different instruments as you dance. Encourage her to play all of the instruments.

Tip:

Play games such as follow the leader -- take turns imitating what your child does and having her imitate what you do. Try creating a family marching band.

What Your Child Can Learn:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Discrimination between different sounds (a kazoo sounds different from a maraca)
  • Creative movement


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