Broadview Co-op is a well established, community co-op preschool offering programs for Toddler, Pre-3, 3 to 5, and Pre-K families. Our Co-op has a strong history with many returning parents, children, and teachers. Our parents treasure the opportunity to spend time with their children in a preschool setting and be a valuable part of their education. Many long-lasting relationships between children and between parents have started at Broadview Co-op.
We are located at Grace Lutheran Church in Seattle's diverse Broadview Neighborhood. Our classroom space is large and bright, allowing for dramatic play, large motor skill development, circle time, sensory and art stations, and library time. We have a fantastic outdoor play area that includes a climbing structure and other outdoor toys, and a large, closed-off blacktop area where children can run, ride tricycles, draw, and learn.
Our teachers and parents work to provide an interesting and meaningful learning experience for our preschoolers using the emergent curriculum model.
Emergent curriculum develops when preschoolers explore what is socially relevant, intellectually engaging, and meaningful to them as individuals. Emergent curriculum arises naturally from adult-child interactions and situations that allow for teachable moments. However, emergent curriculum is not built on children's interests alone; teachers and parents also bring interests that enrich the curriculum. The abilities of all the adults involved help the classroom culture evolve. Parent participation can have a huge impact on what our students learn!
A solid sense of camaraderie among parents is apparent upon entering our classroom. We are a strong, compassionate community that's committed to helping our children learn in a stimulating and socially secure environment. Equally evident are our engaged students who are learning essential skills in a rich educational environment. Our space is large and well organized, with plenty of room for children to explore and learn while developing friendships.
Field trips are an important part of Broadview's commitment to learning. These opportunities allow for children to learn outside of the classroom and experience “hands on” activities. Previous field trips included visits to a pumpkin farm, grocery store, fire station, Seattle Tilth, Woodland Park Zoo, and Carkeek Park.
Broadview's Pre-K program is available for children who will be at least four years of age by August 31st. It begins slightly later in the school year, allowing new students to adjust to the classroom routine, and runs through May. Our Pre-K program gives older children the opportunity to develop age-appropriate skills that help build kindergarten readiness such as early literacy, math, and science skills.
EOne of the most valuable parts of co-op preschool is the opportunity for parents to learn, too! Parents receive valuable parent education over the course of the year from an NSCC appointed Parent Education instructor. Many parents list this as their favorite part of co-op, and it is an important part of our preschool culture. Additionally, because the children see their parents learning, co-op teaches children to become lifelong learners. Each parent is required to work one day per week in the classroom, hold a position on the board or participate on a committee, fundraise, and attend monthly parent education meetings.
When you first meet Teacher Charlotte, she is quick to tell anyone over 3-feet-tall that it might take a little time to remember their name. If you’re a child, she’s likely to remember your name on the first try. If you watch her a little longer you’ll realize why she’s been teaching co-op preschool at Broadview for 17 years, where she currently instructs our younger age groups. Her passion for the children’s growth is evident in everything she does. She paraphrases Will Rogers with her own line that states, “I never met a child I didn’t like.”
Charlotte was first interested in the co-op system when she came to Seattle to earn her Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis on Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has worked with preschoolers since the middle 1970s on the East Coast and in Seattle. She was so impressed with the way the co-op system supports families and children that she attended co-op with her own two children. She couldn’t tear herself away, so when the time came to return to teaching, she became a co-op preschool teacher.
Charlotte works with parents in the classroom to foster self-esteem, independence and learning for both them and their children. She provides an environment rich in activities like art, dramatic play, singing and climbing. She also introduces our youngest students to age-appropriate science experiments and early math activities.
Teacher Charlotte teaches Broadview's Toddler and Pre-3 classes. NOTE: Broadview Co-op is will not run a Pre-3 class in Fall 2013. Check with the school at (206) 363-6744 for the possibility of joining a Pre-3 class starting Winter 2014.
Teacher Ricci has a deep passion for education. She received her degree from Seattle Pacific University in Mathematics Education and her teaching certificate for Mathematics and Elementary education. Since then she has taught 1st and 2nd grade, written children's curriculum for summer camps, and became a learner right along with her daughter as she home-schooled her from preschool through 2nd grade. Ricci is also a great fan of co-op education, and has participated in NSCC's co-ops with both of her sons.
Ricci believes in children's natural instincts to learn. Our preschool classroom is one in which children are given freedom to discover, explore and try out new things, engaging the world they live in on their own terms. The natural world is common theme and is given a central focus in the classroom. As well, children are engaged through art, hands-on discovery, and play to begin developing the skills they will need to move forward and eventually enter kindergarten. The sheer joy displayed on the children's faces as they learn new things is what keeps Ricci's passion for her students' education fresh and creative.
Teacher Ricci was born and raised in Washington, and currently lives in Shoreline with her husband and three children. She spent five years living and working in her husband's home country of Puerto Rico, where she learned Spanish, the challenges and joys of living in a different culture, and that her favorite flavor of ice cream was coconut sold fresh on the plaza.
She also enjoys sharing her love of Spanish language and culture, as well as her commitment to environmental stewardship, with preschoolers.
Teacher Ricci teaches Broadview's 3-5 and Pre-K classes.
For more information about each of the classes please visit the class page links above. You can also contact the school to leave a message for a Parent Co-ordinator. Parent Co-ordinators can also be contacted via the Openings Listing.
Grace Lutheran Church
11051 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
On the corner of Greenwood Ave. N and N 112th St