Our school day emphasizes creative and imaginative play and includes a free-play time with children choosing activities in the art area, the manipulative toys and puzzle area, the blocks area, the home center, the sensory area, and the art area. Pre-reading and pre-math skills are introduced in the play, and we often work with the children during activities to scribe descriptions of their art and their own stories. We have a snack time focused on social interaction; opening and closing circle times with songs, activities and stories and a large muscle time. For large motor play, our school site offers a choice of an indoor space as well as an outdoor space. We have a large sandbox; a hill with stumps, plants and bark; a climbing toy; a ground level slide and a flat pavement area. We love to get the children outside to run, climb, play ball or dig in the sandbox.
We encourage social skills development and provide a safe and secure environment for children to develop friendships, explore expression of their feelings and practice problem solving skills. During the day children have the opportunity to take initiative through choice and practice co-operation in large and small groups.
Christine enjoyed 5 years with her two sons as a parent in the NSC coop system. She has Bachelors degrees from Western Washington University in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Child Development, and a Masters Degree from the University of Washington in Language, Literacy and Culture plus a Washington State Teaching Certificate with a primary endorsement in Elementary Education and has done substitute and music teaching in the past.
She believes that preschool is a time for children to learn about themselves and their environment, and that children do this learning best through play. She loves watching children explore and discover new things, so she provides many open-ended activities that allow children to grow and learn. She also believes that we should support and foster our children's social-emotional growth, and that preschool is a safe environment for them to do this. She uses a lot of modeling, and asks parents to help model social skills as well.
To enroll in a three-to-fives class children should be age 3 by the 1st September of the new school year.
For details of costs, schedule and openings please contact our parent co-ordinator. To contact the school directly please phone: (206) 362-0067.