Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962
“In Red Barn children learn about their world through play. Our materials provide the medium through which children explore, test ideas, acquire information and draw conclusions about the world around them. In each and every area children are learning skills that lay the foundation for learning.”

Did you know?

Last year, Red Barn students wrote, directed, created the scenery and costumes for, and performed a play for their families.

Pre-Kindergarten (Red Barn)

What Do Children Learn in Red Barn?
In Red Barn children learn about their world through a wide variety of materials , question asking and inquiry. Our materials provide the medium through which children explore, test ideas, acquire information and draw conclusions about the world around them. In each and every area children are learning skills that lay the foundation for learning.  

Through authentic experiences with materials, the outside world and careful intentional provocations, children learn a wide range of skills related to math, language, science and their world to get them ready for Kindergarten.  These 'get set for Kindergarten skills' are introduced in authentic ways to continue to promote a sense of curiosity.

Red Barn is an active and engaging program that is rich in conversation and wonder. It is through their conversation that children develop language and literacy as they articulate their ideas and listen to others. Children understand that printed words convey messages as they scribble shopping lists in the dramatic play area, hold up traffic signs in the bike lanes, or dictate stories to teachers for books they have created.
 
Throughout the year we monitor cognitive, social and emotional behavioral benchmarks, which correlate with success in Kindergarten: self-regulation, increased attention span, and peer relationships. Through long amounts of uninterrupted time children are given opportunities to grow in these areas with teacher support and guidance. 
 
Most importantly, Red Barn children learn about themselves. They are respected and treated as a unique individual. We also place great emphasis on each individual’s responsibilities as a member of the classroom community. These social skills help contribute to your child’s growing self-confidence.