Classes & Daily Schedule

Rainbow School offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum  centered on children’s innate curiosity and their need to explore, create, and learn through play. Research shows that young children learn best through play, “hands-on” activities, and interactions with materials, adults, and other children.

Teachers provide engaging activities in creative arts, science, math concepts, letter and sound recognition, and large and small motor skills with a balance of child-directed and teacher-directed activities. Basic skills and concepts are taught with  games, projects, materials, songs, rhyming, direct instruction, and open-ended questions.  We make learning fun and engaging!

We seek to know each child’s strengths, learning style, and interests, and support each child’s developmental process with love and understanding. We foster communication skills, problem-solving, cooperation, positive self-esteem, empathy, and respect for others. Children’s social and emotional growth is foundational for learning, school success, and life.

                       Preschool & Playgroup Classes:

Preschool Classes  9 AM – 12:30 PM. with optional “stay & play pm hrs.

  • Pre-Kindergarten class (4- and 5-year olds): Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 AM – 12:30 PM (note: child needs to be toilet-trained, though teachers assist & encourage children as needed for them to master toileting) . Max. 13 children with 2 wonderful teachers.    Pre-K tuition for the 2019-20 school year is $359 /month….which is based on the # of days class meets times $31 per morning, averaged over 9 1/2 mos.  Closed holidays & winter/spring breaks are not charged.
  • Preschool class (3- and 4-year olds): Tuesday and Thursday 9 AM – 12:30 PM ( toilet-trained  as above) . Max. 13 children with 2 delightful teachers.  T-Th Preschool tuition for 2019-20 school year is $251 /month….based on # days class meets times $31 per morning, averaged over 9 1/2 mos.

Play Group Classes   9 AM – 12 PM  with optional “stay & play pm hrs.

  • Play group classes (2- and 3-year olds): Monday & Wed or Tues & Thurs.  9  AM- 12:00 PM or as arranged with playgroup teacher.  Friday’s class is generally a mixed age group 9 AM – 12 PM  …Child may be in diapers, or pull ups. Toilet training is part of the “curriculum.” Older children are helpful in role modeling toileting, as well as other learning/language development.  Classes are Max. 8 children with 2 amazing teachers.
  • Playgroup tuition is based on $34/morning.  The M-W Playgroup class tuition  for 2019-2020 school year is $258/mo,  Tu-Th Playgroup class $276/mo and  optional 1 day Friday Playgroup is $136/mo.

Afternoon “stay & play” care can be arranged either by contracted after 12 or 12:30   or “drop in” by  half hour/ hour.  Afternoon rates are $8 contracted days & hours  or $8.50/hour or half hours.   Afternoon closing time will be 2:00 to 3:30 pm depending on number of children (min. of 3 children).   We try to be flexible to meet parents’ schedule needs.

Kindergarten children may attend in afternoons.  The Mendocino K-8 school bus will drop off  Transitional Kindergarten students (who get out of school at noon) in front of Rainbow School Monday-Friday afternoon. A teacher will meet the bus and the children will join in with the preschoolers for relaxation, fun and “children’s choice” of activities.

Snack  10:30 ….In Playgroup classes snack is also “part of the curriculum” and children may generally eat as needed.  Preschool classes will generally eat together at the same time.

Lunch  12 noon

Snacks and Lunch – We ask families to bring   nutritious snack (s) and  lunch each day for your child(ren). Parents know their child’s food preferences and any food allergies.  Children are told we don’t share snack or lunch food, unless it is a special celebration with potluck food sharing. We post a list of children’s food & other allergies in the classrooms.

Please  bring your child’s snack/lunch in a bag or box marked  with his or her name, insuring that the proper food goes to your child and that no snack/lunch gets lost.   In the morning, we ask that you and your child select their morning snack and put it on the shelf in the classroom by their name tag.  Please don’t send candy, gum, or money at school.  Water will always be available for your child at school. Each child will have a cup with his/her name on it.


Preschool  Daily Schedule:

(subject to flexibility of children’s needs, weather & interests)

 9:00- 9:50 Children’s choice & work time with teachers

 9:50-10:00    Clean up time

10:00-10:25   Circle w/songs, rhymes/alphabet sounds, movement/music,

10:25-10:35   Hand washing & toileting

10:35-10:50   Snack   good conversations with manners

11:00-11:40   Outside time

11:40-12:00   Small groups  stories,  games, music/movement, etc. 

12:00-12:30   Lunch

12:30 to PU   Children’s choice  inside or outside activities

“Emergent curriculum” often happens.  The teachers seek to support and expand on the children’s ideas, interests and play themes.

Playgroup Daily Schedule:

(subject to flexibility of children’s needs & interests)

 9:00- 9:50         Children’s choice   children may eat if needed

 9:50- 10:00 Clean up    toileting/diaper change happens as needed

10:00-10:20 Hand wash & snack

10:20-11:00 Circle    stories, felt board, singing, free play & clean up

11:00-11:45 Outside time    bikes, sandbox, swings & more

11:45-12:00  Hand wash & lunch

         12:00  Children pick up  some may “stay and play”