Welcome to Olive Children Preschool SJ
Ms. Carmina Harris
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
How the Learning Looks Like During Covid-19
Social Distance Protocol
At Olive Children, we want to ensure the health and safety of all children and staffs during these unprecedented times. Please note the following Social-Distancing Protocol that our facilities follow.
Low class sizes to promote social distancing within the classroom environment.
Stable groups of students and staff throughout the school day. Students and instructors in each class will not commingle with children, including outside playtime.
During drop off, 1 parent per child will be permitted on our facility. Parents will wear a mask or face covering, will drop off at the door, at all times. and will not be permitted to enter the facility.
All students will wear face shield or masks at all times, except while eating and drinking or engaging in physical activity.
Temperature checks will be taken on all children and staff upon arrival along with a verbal questionnaire regarding symptoms and possible exposure.
All staff will take a health self-assessment daily when reporting to work.
Staff will wear face shield or masks at all times, except while eating and drinking.
All children and staff will wash their hands upon arrival and throughout the day.
A thorough mid-day cleaning will occur each day.
A strict sick policy will be enforced among students and staff that will not allow anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or more to return until they are symptom-free for 72 hours. A doctor’s clearance is required upon return.
We will be using Clorox wipes, Alcohol Spray, and UVC (UltraViolet C) disinfection, and EPA registered Hypochlonous Acid spray to disinfect our facility in each classroom and common areas nightly to cover all surface areas. (Information can be provided upon request)
If a family travels out of the country or a region deemed a “hot zone” for COVID cases, they must self-quarantine for 14 days before they return to school.
If a child is exhibiting any COVID symptoms, they will not be allowed to return for 72 hours. If the symptoms persist, they will not be able to return without a negative test result or a doctor’s note
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
1.5-2.5 Years old
Our Toddler class is a developmental and exploration classroom. We focus on four major areas of the child’s development: Physical development (large and small motor skills), Social/Emotional Development, Language and Communication development, and Cognitive Development.
2.5-4 Years old
Our Preschool class is our hands on, learn by doing classroom. Preschoolers are active in observing, exploring, and investigating their environment. Provocations are set in the classrooms for natural learning through exploring their curiosity for learning. Phonics, Math, Science & Investigation all come together through their natural curiosity.
4-5 Years old
Our PreK classroom are making the connection between letters and its’ sounds to forming words and words can make a story. Different shapes and sizes are composed of numbers and measurements. Our PreK classroom is an extension of our exploration classroom and the children are able to document what they are learning.
TK - Kinder
5 years old & up
Besides our unique STEAM programs, we implement "High Scope" curriculum to teach English language arts, math, science, social studies, and other content areas using children's literature, both fiction and non-fiction.
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.
Thanks to our parents, Begin family made these portable washing stations