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Students in this class are preparing for kindergarten in so many ways. They continue to learn best through hands-on play, but new opportunities for pre-academics are added to preschool.

Our class is a safe place for children to express their independence by exploring different opportunities. The pre-k class spends three days in the classroom and spends Thursdays at Lincoln Park (rain or shine!) for outdoor school, let by teacher Kate Maher of Explore Outdoors.

Our curriculum is aligned with WaKIDS Washington State Kindergarten Entrance Guidelines and supports: family connection, whole child assessment for individualized learning and supporting smooth transition into Kindergarten.

In the classroom, preschool teacher Jena will be leading your children through a wonderful, child centered play curriculum that includes:

  • Literacy – writing center for dictating stories, opportunities for identifying and writing words 
  • Science – experiments that challenge predicting, comparing, and problem solving 
  • Math – calendar, math processes in stories and games 
  • Fine motor – expanded art projects, free creation with varied materials, opportunities to write 
  • Social studies – expanded curriculum themes 
  • Rich curriculum – the high adult to child ratio allows for more curriculum activities and options 

Social and Emotional readiness still top the list of requirements of Kindergarten teachers: 

  • Extended Circle Times – kids practice listening and regulating their own bodies 
  • Facilitated Problem Solving – adults are ready to guide kids to their own solutions 
  • Empathy – Second Step curriculum to teach children to read social situations 
  • Self Regulation – learning to wait, follow teacher directed instruction, handle frustration 
  • Friendships – ways to engage friends in play, appropriate ways to say “no” All this and the kids just think they are playing! 

Daily routine includes 

  • Large motor time – We play in our indoor climber room and on Thursdays we go to Lincoln Park for “Outdoor Preschool” led by teacher Kate…of….
  • Opening Circle – teacher directed instruction around curriculum themes, outlining individual jobs for the day, weather and calendar.
  • Choice time – Kids play, explore, experiment, pretend, and create. Kids are often negotiating play/projects in small groups, and working on skills of inclusion and respecting ideas of others. We do science experiments and explore the outdoors.
  • Clean up – Kids are learning to respect and care for their school as well as for each other.
  • Story Time – Kids are developing listening skills, practicing pre-academic tasks, predicting outcomes and discussing social themes, and much more.
  • Snack – We share a healthy snack brought in by parents on a rotating schedule.
  • Music/Movement – Singing, dancing, rhythm and tempo, learning to share space while using Large Muscles.

Parent Involvement

  • Parent’s assist in the classroom one day per week.
  • Your child attends class without you the rest of the week.
  • If you cannot come in due to illness, etc. You can ask another parent to cover or trade work days with you.
  • We teach you ways to interact with the kids using our “positive discipline” philosophy.
  • Parent’s rotate bringing in a healthy snack

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.
  • Get to know other families in the neighborhood who are invested in our children’s education.