Three year olds are full of wonder and are ready to learn by DOING. Through guided play at preschool they are: 

  • Developing social skills
  • Using language to solve problems 
  • Practicing self regulation
  • Making neural (brain) connections that are the foundation for reading and math

Alki Co-op Preschool’s curriculum is play-based. We believe that a child’s play is their work and that learning happens best when children use their bodies, their senses, their hearts, and their minds to discover their world.

Our class provides a stimulating variety of choices to explore for active, whole body learning. Challenges of learning to wait and negotiate with friends are met with understanding and proactive teaching.

Daily Routine

  • Choice time to play, explore, pretend and create
  • Put away time (we made a joyful mess and we learn to clean up too)
  • Circle time story  (learning to sit and take part)
  • Snack
  • Music and movement (singing and using big muscles)

Parent Involvement

  • Parents work one day each week.
  • Your child attends class without you the other two days.
  • If you cannot come in due to illness, etc. you can ask another parent to cover for you or trade.
  • We teach you ways to interact with the kids using our “positive discipline” philosophy.
  • Some “Threes” have a hard time separating– we follow your lead and help you both make this transition.
  • Parents rotate bringing a healthy snack for the children. Your snack day will be about once every one to two months.
Young child in dress-up plays with play-dough.