Posts Tagged ‘preschool’

Oh Mein Gott, It’s KinderHaus German International Preschool Open-House on Oktober 27! For Kids 3 to 5

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Or actually, this now fully-licensed preschool is for kinder aged “2.9 to 5” years.

Here’s the wind-up…

…and here’s the pitch:

“KinderHaus German International Preschool Secures Full Licensing – Hosts Open House Saturday, October 27, 2012

San Francisco, CA — KinderHaus, San Francisco’s first German international preschool, will host its first open house of the year for parents and their children ages 2.9 – 5-years-old on Saturday, October 27, 2012 between 10:00am and 12:00pm. This event marks KinderHaus’ first as a fully licensed preschool.

KinderHaus was founded in 2005 by a group of bilingual families who sought to develop their child’s social, learning and linguistic skills amid constant discovery and play. Since that time, the preschool has been committed to providing a culturally nurturing environment where children can learn through play, exploration and imagination. Energetic and experienced staff work with the children to help them learn and develop their skills. Each child receives individual attention, and instruction is tailored to each child’s ability. Teachers and aids have first aid training and are CPR certified. The bright and spacious classroom has areas for snack and lunch, group and individual play and quiet time. The school also has an outside area.

The exposure to different cultures and languages is a crucial component of a child’s development. KinderHaus is dedicated to integrating the German and English languages, as well as exposing students to the German, Austrian and Swiss traditions and holidays.

Incorporating the values of both German and American cultures, children are encouraged to develop the values of sharing, cooperation and respect for others. Activities include art projects, music, crafts, movement, physical education, nature exploration and story time – with an emphasis on the German language.

The curriculum is based on child-initiated activities within a supportive environment. Children have many opportunities to initiate their own activities and to take responsibility to complete them. The teacher’s role is to help children as they make decisions for themselves. In every aspect of the curriculum it is “the process and not the product that counts.” Each month has a new theme and its objective will be introduced followed by an art, science, and/or math project to reinforce the concept.

“Movement, social interaction in a child-centered environment is important to me,” said Jana Houweling, KinderHaus’ new director and lead teacher who has more than a decade of Early Childhood Education experience in San Francisco. “Through observation we determine what are the child’s interests and encourage them to explore them – hands on.”

During the open house, interested parents and their children are invited to meet the current enrollees and the preschool’s multinational teachers to get an overview of the school’s organization and its mission. After informal introductions, there will be time for prospective families to ask questions. Children are encouraged to attend and play. Light refreshments will be served.

KinderHaus is located in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th Street at the corner of 16th and Dolores Streets and offers easy and safe access for you and your child. The school year runs between August and June.

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About KinderHaus German International Preschool:

KinderHaus is a German-English licensed preschool with a focus on play-based exploratory immersion of German language and German speaking cultural activities. The monthly curriculum introduces children to German songs, rhymes and stories with a common theme. The most well-known traditions and holidays from German speaking countries and American holidays are celebrated.

At KinderHaus, we are committed to fostering positive relationships with children and their families. We honor and respect each child’s unique skills and interests and believe that each child should be allowed to develop at his or her own pace. Our priority is to provide a safe, nurturing, and inspiring environment where children are challenged and enabled to grow to their fullest potential.

Our daily program consists of an AM and PM program. Children may attend full or half day sessions. Enrollment is based on rolling admissions throughout the school year and contingent upon classroom availability. KinderHaus follows the SFUSD calendar.

Our teaching staff consists of native German speakers who have degrees in Early Childhood Education.”

OK then. Myself, all the German I know is from Falco. Pity me.

Family Takes Junior to School, San Francisco-Style: Kind of Like a Tandem Bike, Kind of Like an XtraCycle

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

You’d rarely see this kind of scene ten years ago in the Western Addition, but now you can see it all the time.

Look, there’s room for another little one as well:

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I mean, I’m just saying, right?

Do Preschools Cause Traffic Jams? Yes They Do – But Remember, Transit First! (Uh, Just For You People, Not For Us)

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Even with a Landing Signal Officer (like what an nuclear aircraft carrier has) and two lanes of dedicated parking, this $20k-per-year preschool in the Western Addition can’t manage its traffic.

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Oh well.

Safety vs. Self Parody – The 99% Guarding the Kids of the 1% – And, “Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children!”

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t know, I’m all for safety and whatnot, but something about this Bye-Bye Buggy convoy struck me.

What is it, the orange and yellow safety vests, the orange pennant, the back-up orange pennant, the hand-held stop sign (held by a person with no authority to use a hand-held stop sign on Van Ness), and/or the flashing white LED light on said hand-held stop sign?

Crossing U. S. Route 101, aka Van Ness Avenue:

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I don’t know.

Oh wait, that’s right, it’s missing its BABY ON BOARD! sign hanging off the back. I just knew something was wrong with this scene. I’ll obtain one (or a half-dozen) and make a gift to this crew the next time I see them on McAllister or in front of City Hall.

All right, play us out of here, Helen Lovejoy.