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Pine Lake Cooperative Pre-School

21333 Southeast 20th Street
Issaquah, WA 98075

(425) 392-0496


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The preschool environment allows children to learn through creative activities, discovery, and exploration.
Social skills are encouraged through teaching children to work out differences during play activities, behave appropriately during circle and concept time, and play together cooperatively.
Specific academic skills such as reading and writing are not emphasized; rather the basic underlying skills such as fine motor and language development are encouraged and practiced."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Free play - during the first hour of class children have “free play” time. Sensory tables with interesting materials are set up, along with a water play table, paint, playdough, and art and science projects. Children may choose to read books in a loft, dress up in costumes, play in a kitchen or engage in various other cooperative and dramatic play options.
Circle time - Children sit together with the teacher to hear stories and learn songs, finger plays and movement games. Sharing days are also part of circle time, where each child brings a favorite item from home to show to his or her classmates.
Concept time - the teacher presents a focused topic in such areas as science or nature.
Outside Play - children use large motor skills for climbing, sliding, swinging, and playing in the sandbox . During inclement weather, an indoor play area is provided with balls, riding toys, basketball and bowling toys. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school