Banana Fana Preschool

A Spanish-Immersion Early School for Children in San Francisco

Philosophy

Explore Curiosities

Here at Banana Fana, we believe in “active participatory learning,” which is part of the HighScope Curriculum (www.highscope.org for more information)

Children are able to learn through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas in Spanish and English. Students at Banana Fana preschool impact their own learning by interacting with different materials, each other, and the teachers. Our teachers offer emotional and intellectual support to the students, but also allow children to make and pursue their own decisions. Teachers thus expand children’s thinking with diverse materials in the classroom and nurturing interactions. We help children become more independent, responsible, and confident. This helps them to be ready for school and ready for life.

Why “Banana Fana” as the school name? Gloria was inspired to launch her own in-home preschool out of her desire to build a career that allows her more time to be with her son, Isaiah. As such, Gloria wanted a name that is also inspired by Isaiah. When Isaiah was born, Gloria and her husband Dickmar would sing The Name Game to Isaiah (“Isaiah, Isaiah, bo-baya, Banana-fana -fo-fayah, Fee-fy-mo-mayah, Isaiah!”). Til this day, Gloria and Dickmar call Isaiah their “Isaiah Bobaya”, and thus Banana Fana was born. Today, during circle time, Gloria and her students sing The Name Game and it is proven to make every child smile.

Admissions

We’d love for your family to visit the school to see and feel what makes Banana Fana unique. Feel free to call us at (415) 275-3409 or fill out the form to the right.

We are currently full and accepting parents on our waitlist (updated November 2, 2016)

Location

Banana Fana is located in a home in the Park Merced complex. Park Merced was built in the early 1940’s. The community itself is very family friendly. At Banana Fana, we offer a home like environment with an educational twist. Children will have their dramatic play area, their toy section, if they are feeling artistic they will have an art area, or if the just want some peace and quiet they can in the literacy corner.There is a large park directly across the street from the school and children will have opportunities to play there during playtime.Banana Fana is an in-home preschool—“home” is at the essence.

About Our School

Use of Spanish in the classroom

Research shows that young children are uniquely suited to learning a second language and there are many developmental benefits that arise from learning language at a young age. Gloria wants Isaiah to grow up speaking both Spanish and English and she often speaks to him in Spanish. As such, she has designed her curriculum at Banana Fana to involve a mix of English and Spanish language and provides opportunities for all the children to learn and engage with Spanish. For children who are already exposed to Spanish, Gloria plans to speak Spanish about 90% of the time with those children. For children who are not previously exposed to Spanish, Gloria will speak Spanish about 50% of the time and increase her use of Spanish as the child adapts and becomes more comfortable.

A One Preschool Classroom

We are a One Preschool school, which means that all of our teachers have been approved by the One Preschool team. We’ve received training through both the classroom and hands on experience on how best provide social emotional education to children from ages 6 months to 5 years, our school gives parents access to the One Preschool application to make payments, communicate with our teaching staff, and to just make things easy for our parents.

Parent Involvement

Our goal is to provide a program that is like a second family for your children and we hope to have close relationships with the parents. While we ask that parents do not stay past drop-off each day as that can disrupt transitions, we do welcome parent volunteers in the classroom. Parents have the option to volunteer one day in the classroom every 2 months. Please let Gloria know if you are interested in helping in the “classroom”.

Our Teachers

Gloria Morales Nova

Director and Head Teacher

Gloria received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She has also completed some courses in Early Child Education From City College of San Francisco.In addition to caring for her own son, Isaiah, Gloria has over ten years of experience in caring for children. Gloria has a “child-like” soul which allows her to play, sing, and dance with children. She believes children are so curious and that curiosity brings her so much joy.

Babaloo

Class pet

We will be joined in the classroom by Babaloo, our sweet cat. Babaloo is curious and shy, but can be loving and fun once he warms up. He will be a member of the classroom, although mostly off on his own upstairs.