We are a part-time program, offering top quality early childhood education to students aged 30 months through the end of the Pre-K year.
Our school year runs September through June, on weekdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
We follow the Seattle Public School System calendar for our breaks, holidays, first day, and last day.
These are the typical components of our school day. Of course we remain flexible to the needs of our children and adapt accordingly. We want the day to run smoothly and without much stress.
FREE PLAY: Extended periods of uninterrupted free play are essential to a young child’s emotional and physical development. Children freely move about the space choosing from group activities such as legos and blocks, and independent projects such as watercolors, beading, reading and puzzles, etc.
CIRCLE TIME: This is a fun and dynamic time for the teacher to share a lesson about the theme of the month. (Ex. Oceans, Dinosaurs, insects) Through use of visuals, chanting and singing, and movement or dance, kids learn about a fascinating new topic.
SNACK TIME: We provide a mid-morning organic snack to our students. Snacks are always vegetarian and nut free, with a vegan and gluten free option available.
POTTY AND FREE PLAY
FLEXIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME: We reserve this block for guest teachers, parents, and artists to come to our school. Our teachers may also use this time to prepare a seasonal craft, explore a science project, or work with small groups on more academically focused tasks.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The importance of experiencing the world outside of the classroom is an integral part of successful education. This is a time to move our bodies, use our imaginations, and make connections to things we've learned under the roof. We walk to the Rainer Community Center playground just 1 block away.
LUNCH: Students are asked to bring their own lunch. We encourage families to consider using reusable lunch containers when possible.
CLOSING CIRCLE: What did you learn today? What was your high point? What was your low point? What did you appreciate? How did you challenge yourself?.
Creative Education: We introduce our students to a variety of ways to express themselves creatively: including music, visual art, and theater. We offer structured activities that engage and challenge through clear guidance, along with unstructured exercises that give the opportunity to enjoy and explore each medium with which we work.
Academic Education: We create an academically challenging environment that fosters a love for learning. Language, science, and early mathematical concepts are taught in a variety of ways: through group play, teacher interaction, and self-driven activity, to ensure that our graduates meet the highest standards of Kindergarten preparedness.
Physical Education: We ensure that your children are given ample opportunity to develop large and small motor skills. We encourage trying new things and calculated risk-taking in safe and varied environments.
Socioemotional Education: We maintain an emotionally safe environment wherein children can be confident exploring their worlds and making mistakes. We teach emotional resilience by encouraging our students to recognize and reflect on their emotions and find solutions to the problems that they can solve. We commit to modeling respect to our students by how we speak to each other and present ourselves.