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Country Village Day School

4030 86th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 232-7107


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
Other subjects taught In addition to weekly specialists who provide programs in music, creative movement, children's language and literacy, and science, the school also has a COOKING program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Country Village Day School mission is to be an excellent early childhood education program providing quality care for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Our goal is to consistently embody the qualities found in a loving home -- a caring, nurturing, safe and educational atmosphere.

We promote learning through the use of age appropriate educational methods and materials. Our goal is to prepare each child for elementary education and personal growth through a healthy and stimulating environment.

Our teachers and staff are our most valued and important assets. We strive to attract and retrain only the highest caliber of staff dedicated to fulfilling our mission. We encourage and support their ongoing professional development and growth.

The school was founded on the belief that our children are the future. Through our loving, play-centered learning programs, we build in our children a strong sense of self-esteem, respect for all peoples and the environment, communities, our nation, and our world.

A Typical Day

8:45 am - 8:55 am Opening in the foyer
9:00 am - 9:30 am Circle Time
9:30 am - 9:45 am AM Snack
9:45 am - 10:30 am Learning Centers
10:30 am - 11:00 am Specialist
11:00 am - 11:15 am Finish up activities/Clean Up
11:15 am - 11:45 am AM Outside Time
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Bathroom/Wash Hands
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch Time
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Prep for rest /Quiet activities
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Story time before rest time
1:20 pm - 3:00 pm Nap/Rest/Quiet activities
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm PM Snack
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm PM Outside Time
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm PM Circle /Story
4:20 pm - 5:00 pm PM Centers
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Clean Up/Bathroom/Washup
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Story time- other classroom

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

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