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.
12:30 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”