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La Plazita Preschool (Oakland, CA)
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We could not be happier in the La Plazita community. Our 3 year old daughter started a few months ago and we love it. They speak only in Spanish, and my daughter's vocabulary and comfort with the language is increasing daily. The facility is colorful and allows for lots of creative play, and they have an awesome outdoor play area with a garden. The kids routinely help themselves to the strawberries that grow on the vines. What attracted us most to this school was the quality of the teachers and the feeling of community. As a teacher myself, I could immediately see what great teachers they have. Gabriela does daily art projects with the kids that truly bring out the artist in all the students. They start every day with circle time that is inclusive, fun, creative, and academically focused. Before looking at this school, I had never seen a 4 year old writing 'zoologico' on a whiteboard with better penmanship than I possess. I know my daughter will be ready for kindergarten, but the curriculum never feels like boring drills. As mentioned, this little school in the Laurel really does reflect the diversity of Oakland, and they make families feel so welcome. They host fun events like an all-school Dia De Los Muertos potluck celebration and there is lots of room for parent involvement. They don't serve meals daily but they have no problem heating up the food we bring for my daughter, and they do serve healthy snacks twice a day. Sammy
La Plazita is a great Spanish immersion preschool and has been a solid experience for our family so far.
Our 3 yr old knew minimal Spanish going in, and we of course were concerned with how the transition to a full Spanish environment would play out. So far so good. Within weeks, she was reciting the alphabet in both English and Spanish, counting and talking about days of the week in Spanish as well. She also took to writing her name within the first couple of weeks.
The true familia spirit of the school really shines. Dropping our daughter off the first day felt very familiar and comfortable due to the care they take in organizing family get-togethers at the school beforehand. The whole family has also enjoyed celebrating Spanish culture and holidays at La Plazita. Our daughter loves her teachers and friends. And we love that she's getting a very early bilingual experience and exposure to different cultures. Jessica
The school is very organized, with well laid out lesson plans and monthly themes. The curriculum is fantastic. Every month we receive a vocabulary list and song lyrics, so that we can practice them at home with our kids. The teachers are kind, well respected by the kids, and are very successful at teaching Spanish. The school itself is cheerful and inviting. The director of the school has really good attention to detail and it clearly shows in everything they do. The school day runs 9am-3pm, with flexible before/after care hours. They offer 1 to 5 days/week slots depending on availability. I love their flexibility!
My daughter's Spanish is progressing so quickly and she is only there part time! Besides learning Spanish, the school does a great job of sharing other aspects of Latino culture (food, Day of the Dead, piC1atas, etc.)Another great aspect to the school is the diversity of the kids-it really reflects the greater Oakland community. There are fun parties at the school and field trips too. The parent community is warm and welcoming. In summary, my daughter is well prepared to go off to kindergarten in the fall and her Spanish is fantastic.
If you are looking for a bilingual Spanish-English preschool, I encourage you to check out their website:http://www.laplazitapreschool.com/ Happy La Plazita Family
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