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The FISHPOND Preschool

4010 120th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

(425) 736-4392


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The FISHPOND Preschool is a part of the Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue. We offer a developmental Christian program for 2 year olds through Pre-Kindergarten. The philosophy of our early childhood program is geared to a child-centered education. We focus on the importance of play because we know play provides children with the opportunity to actively explore, manipulate and interact with their environment. It encourages children to investigate, create, discover and it motivates them to add to their understanding of the world.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each child. One goal is to build self-esteem that will lead to future success in school. Learning experiences are provided through art, music and movement, literature, science and dramatic play. The children explore language, nature and the world around them. They will paint, cook, build, slide, run, sing, dress-up, experiment, dance and share it all with their friends. There is also an emphasis on social skills in order to prepare them for elementary school success.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught There is an emphasis placed on readiness skills in math, reading, writing and problem solving. Their eyes will be trained to discriminate how objects are alike and how they are different, as they prepare for the excitement of reading. The experiences of counting, sequencing, patterning and sorting objects prepare them for the basic math concepts.

From the Director:

We want the children to: * Build a positive self-image. * Explore their natural sense of wonder. * Discover their creative spirit. * Learn problem solving skills. * Develop self-control and consideration of others. * Know that learning is fun.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our low classroom ratio's allow our teachers to work with each child individually and in small group settings. We are able to make changes to our curriculum and teaching approach to meet the varying abilities and levels of each child. Our teachers do home visits before the school year starts. During these visits parents can talk with their child's teacher about their interests, strengths, areas of development, etc.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Newport Presbyterian Church believes preschoolers benefit from learning and playing together within a nurturing, multi-ethnic, Christian environment. The FISHPOND Preschool recognizes that children need to feel secure and loved, to be respected as individuals, to discover and learn, and to create.

A Typical Day

9:30 Drop-off and choice time
10:15 Circle time
10:30 Large motor time (inside or outside)
11:00 Chapel
11:15 Snack
11:30 Music
11:45 Stories
12:00 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Orientation Night before school starts
"While I was at the pond..." notes for children a few times a month
Informal conferences for 3's early in year
Formal conferences for 4's PreK and 5's PreK
Monthly newsletters and calendars for each class
Monthly Director newsletter
White boards note what happens each day in class


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers

Handling Separation: From the Director

We welcome parents in the classroom on the first few days for just a few minutes. We then encourage parents to give a big hug and kiss to their child and then leave. We expect tears the first few weeks but we know that we can give the hugs and support needed in the classroom along with fun activities to ease the transition.