2’s

Two Day Preschool

AGE 2 BY AUGUST 31
THURSDAY and FRIDAY 9:00-11:00 AM

2015 April – May 2’s Class Schedule

TEACHER BIO:   Kim Seater

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Kim received  a BA in Communications from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  Her two children were in the SSCC Co op system for seven years–her son is an alum of both Alki and Arbor Heights Co-ops; her daughter is a graduate of the SSCC Toddler Preschool and Arbor Heights Co-0p. Throughout their Seattle Public School years, Kim volunteered extensively, helping in the classrooms, chaperoning field, band, and outdoor education trips, worked in the libraries, lunchrooms, was on the PTSA Washington Middle School Board for three years, tutored in WMS reading classes, helped with school banking, and numerous auctions and fundraisers.

Kim started teaching the Arbor Heights M/T 2’s in the spring of 2003, and continued teaching the Arbor Heights 2’s class until the spring of 2015.  In the fall of 2015 she returned to Alki Co-op where she has the privilege of teaching the 2’s class. Kim has also had the pleasure of teaching various one day classes for Just Walkers and Toddlers at the SCC Preschool for the past seven years.

Kim loves her Just Walkers, Toddlers, and 2’s students. And is thankful for the wonderful kids, parents and families that bring smiles, hugs and joy to her classrooms each and every year.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Life with a 2 year old is like a Seattle day–sunny one moment and cloudy the next!
• They are excited to play and explore.
• Their imaginations are blossoming.
• They still need our help moving beyond “MINE!”

Our class is a safe place to express their independence by exploring a room full of opportunities. As they grow more comfortable with language, we help them learn to communicate their needs.

Daily Routine

9:30 Welcome from Teacher Kim
9:45 Choice Time to Play, Explore, Pretend, and Create
10:45 Put Away Time (we made a joyful mess and we learn to clean up, too)
10:50 Circle Time Story and Songs (learning to sit and take part)
11:05 Snack (sitting together eating a healthy snack furnished and prepared by parents according to Health Department standards)
11:15 Music and Movement (singing and using big muscles to dance and move)
11:30 Time to say Good Bye

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parents assist in the classroom one day a week.

  • You choose whether your day each week will be either Thursday or Friday.
  • If you cannot come in due to illness, etc. you ask another parent to trade with you.
  • We teach you ways to interact with the kids using our “positive discipline” philosophy.
  • Your child comes the other day without you.
  • Some 2-3’s have a hard time separating–we follow your lead and help you both make this transition.
  • On a rotating basis, bring a healthy snack for the children.

Parents get to:

  • attend a monthly, evening parent meeting to discuss business and parenting topics
  • help with the running of the preschool and fundraising
  • choose a co-op job that fits your interests, skill, and time
  • become friends with other families that are investing in our children’s education

PARENTING PROGRAM

The push-pull, I want you and I want to do it myself, of growing independence brings parenting challenges.
How to set limits that don’t squelch independence?  How to help two children who want the same toy?

Parent Education is an important part of our Two Day Preschool

  • A  Parenting Educator attends class one day each week (alternating Thursday and Friday) ready to check in with you to offer tips that will help at home and at school
  • The class chooses one night a month for a Parent Meeting–time to learn about guidance and discipline AND as an adult night out together  (example: first Tuesday of each month  7-9:00)
  • To personalize your learning, choose from a list of free talks on topics such as: Guidance & Discipline, Raising Boys/Girls, Separation, Sleep, Potty Learning,  First Aid and CPR

 

“Being in co-op helped us move through those ‘Terrible Two’s’ I had heard about.  They weren’t so bad because I had friends going through it together–with the help of our teachers!”