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P2 Learning Institute

7318 44th Avenue NE
Marysville, WA 98270

(360) 651-1463


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We stive to reach and connect with every child possible. We use both teacher-directed and child-centered activities. Our students have the opportunity to explore and learn at their own rate while also having one-on-one time with teachers and learning to follow directions. We tailor our curriculum to our students and provide academic opportunities from toddlers through 1st grade.

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
  • Alphabet Puppets
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math Manipulatives
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Magnets, butterflies, color wheels, cooking projects
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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • 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
  • Track and gymnasium
Other subjects taught * We do small amouts of Spanish, French, and American Sign Language with our students * We often have science projects and exploration * Hands-on Cooking Projects are monthly * We enjoy a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch every year * We have a "track" and gymnasium for large motor * We learn about music everyday in the classroom and several times a weeek in the music room. * Several of our teachers are also dance instructors, our students enjoy dance instruction a fews times a year also.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We Believe:
*that children should be valued and respected as individuals.

*that children need to feel safe, supported and happy all the time.

*that all learning should be meaningful and fun.

*that children are actively involved in learning.

*that children learn through hands-on experiences.

*that children learn through taking risks, making mistakes and celebrating success.

*what children CAN DO rather than what children cannot do are the starting points in their learning.

*that learning should cater for the needs and interests of individuals.

*that the process of learning is more important than the end product.

*that children develop their Social, Emotional, Physical and Cognitive skills at differing rates.

*all aspects of a child's development are equally important and interwoven.

*that children need time and space to produce work of quality and depth.

*that children who are encouraged to think for themselves are more likely to act independently.

*that parents are the first educators of children and have a vital part to play in the establishment of their child's learning environment.

*that students should be encouraged to develop aesthetic awareness and express themselves imaginatively and skillfully in the creative arts.

*that children should be encouraged to develop imaginative and creative minds.

*that children become caring and sensitive members of our multi-cultural society and independent world.

*Promote Cognitive Development
Through various hands-on activities children will increase their perceptual discrimination, conceptual development, reasoning, problem solving, memory skills and attention.

*Promote Communication Development
In all aspect of the curriculum we will promote the development of expressive language (what the child says), receptive language (what the child understands) as well as the development of the child�??s pragmatic skills (social use of language).

*Promote Social/Emotional Skills
Children will develop a sense of positive self worth that will demonstrated be in his/ her interactions with peers and adults. Our students will feel good about themselves and their work here at P2 Learning Institute.

In achieving these goals, every child has the opportunity to be an active participant in the classroom. Our team is committed to helping the child achieve his/her own potential. This involves knowing each child's individual needs, how they feel and interact with others, which enables the team to plan appropriate activities and experiences with the curriculum.

A Typical Day

Table Top Activities

Good Morning/Afternoon Circle
Pledge of Allegiance, Daily Jobs, Calendar, Weather, Introduction to Activities

Language Arts/Math Activities
(small groups)

Music/Computer Lab/Library

Learning Circle
Large and Fine Motor Activities
Songs, Stories, Counting, Phonics

Art, Science, Social Studies
This is the ideal time for one to one learning opportunities.

Closing Circle

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We allow parents to handle the situation and provide support and assistance when they are ready. Students often have little anxiety from their parents in our environment. We try to make school and learning exciting and as much fun as possible. We are here to support not only our students but also our families with seperation anxiety. It is difficult for some parents to let their children go and we understand and are here to help.