Welcome to Olive Children Preschool SJ
Carmina has her MA in Education, specializing in Special Education (Differentiated Teaching) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration and a minor in Early Childhood Development from Ashford University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Early Childhood Education.
Her passion stems from teaching children in their natural environment that is filled with tools that allow them to fulfill their curiosity and engage them in a life-long learning.
"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada
Summer Camp 2020
Reggio-Inspired Preschool with STEaM
“No way. The hundred is there.”
The child is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.
A hundred always a hundred ways of listening,
of marveling, of loving,
A hundred joys
for singing and understanding
A hundred worlds to discover
A hundred worlds to invent
A hundred worlds to dream.
Mission & Vision
We believe all children should realize their potential to transform the world, and in the “hundred-languages” of each child. We define our education as research and believe it is based on reciprocal relationships among children, teachers and parents. We strive to create learning experiences that facilitate each child’s unique emergent interests.
Our program allows students to deeply engage in learning, in a fun and challenging way which provide preschoolers various opportunities for growth in STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
We believe that each child possesses internal resources and talents which need support, time, and quality relationships (with adults and peers) to come to fruition.
We believe every child has a "hundred languages," through which he/she can express thought and feelings, questions and doubts, dreams and desires and build knowledge.
We believe it is more important to listen than to be heard; more challenging to ask questions than to require answers; more beneficial to scaffold choices than to micro-manage behavior.
In order to cultivate beneficial lifelong characteristics like pro-active communication, group conflict resolution, intrinsic motivation, healthy risk-taking, and resilience to failure, we are deeply committed to intense interventions in each child’s journey.
The first Reggio-inspired and STEAM-based preschool in Fremont area, Olive Children Preschool | Little STEaMers offers a stimulating educational program in a warm, nurturing setting. Imagine your child creating, designing, playing, and learning using a variety of materials, loose parts, and resources. All while a dedicated teacher intentionally asks your child questions to engage them in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math of what they are doing.
Children, even very young children, are capable of constructing their own learning
Teachers and students co-construct knowledge together through inquiry
Teachers analyze student understandings and offer invitations or questions that deepen student learning
Children are capable of expressing themselves in various “languages,” many of them involving arts or construction, and should be offered the opportunity to do so.
Teachers are not “fountains of knowledge”, they are “fountains of questions”
STEaM for Young Children
Innovation and creativity go hand in hand with our developmentally appropriate STEAM curriculum. The curriculum will
Engage children with the knowledge and life experiences
Teach children to navigate challenges and generate solutions
Develop critical thinking skills, and be a problem solver
Challenge children with interesting problems and help facilitate their journey of discovery in solving them.
The child is an explorer and researcher of the world. The teacher's role is that of a fellow investigator and partner-in-learning.
Why Olive Children Preschool
Role of Teachers
We as Educators are not only nurturers, we are partners, facilitators, observers, and co-learners who have a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices
Role of Parents
We will succeed more if we join hands together, we believe that every child can bond stronger with the teachers if they see their parents and teachers are a strong team
Planning of Emergent Curriculum
We plan learning beginning with observations of children in action, then a thoughtful response.
"Child initiated, teacher framed", both have a voice-- therefore curriculum is a collaboration.
The Learning Environment
The environment itself is viewed as a teacher, inviting children into action and guiding them into individual and small group play
Observation and Documentation
We learn best about children by watching them in action and taking note of he learning that they are experiencing.
Areas of Development
Our daily routine helps children feel safe and secure. Children quickly internalize the predictable order of the day and know they will have opportunities to self select activities, participate in large and small group, as well as interact one-on-one with a teacher.
Circle Time / Large Group includes movement, music, pretending games and physical fitness activities. In addition to the joy that comes from shared experiences, children build their ability to listen, express emotions and take turns.
Small Groups Hands-on activities are planned and led by the teacher using research based school readiness curriculum resources that bridge to higher learning standards.
Plan-do-Review We support children’s ability to make plans, carry them out and reflect on them. Our teachers ask children to choose something they would like to do from among the many classroom options and then fully participate with them as they follow through with their ideas. Review follows with a small group discussion of how the plans went, what they discovered and possible next steps.