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Mercer Island Learning Lab

4120 86th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 232-7661


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Mercer Island Cooperative Preschool is a learning lab for both parents and children. Our mission is to build stronger and healthier families by increasing knowledge and skills through participation in our program.

Research clearly indicates that meaningful parent involvement in school is one of the most powerful predictors of successful student achievement and healthy development. Parents are involved in a parent education class sponsored by Bellevue Community College. They learn child development and guidance by working with the children at the school, and in this way develop a better understanding of their own and other children.

Research also indicates that children are always learning and learn best through active exploration of their environment. Children need to SEE, TOUCH, HEAR, TASTE and SMELL for themselves, in their own style, for learning to become more effective.

Our teachers develop a program that satisfies the curiosity, interest and needs of the children. They organize the environment to follow the children's interests and passions and provide them with new and stimulating experiences. They guide the children with parents assisting in a variety of activities that include music, story time, art experiences, and special excursions. The children explore with words, sounds, patterns, graphs, sequencing, numbers and science materials. This way of teaching helps children develop a positive self-esteem and a positive way of living with others, as well as learn how to learn.

Parents and children learn and grow together. Show your child that learning is fun and something you value so highly that you are willing to share the experience with him or her.

A Typical Day

Each day the following activities are included:
� Creative activities with paint, crayons, dough, clay, glue, sensory materials
� Cooking activities
� Science exploration
� Something new
� Something that requires the children to think and problem solve
� A chance to use books, pictures and appreciate literature
� Communication of ideas to other children and adults
� A chance to listen and be listened to
� Exploration of the physical environment, including journeys into the community.
� Enjoyment of music, movement and creative dramatics

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents participate in the classroom on a rotating basis. They learn by doing and take those lessons with them wherever they go.

In addition, evening classes for parents are held each month. These include lectures, videos, and discussion groups concerning subjects such as developmental sequences, sex and sexuality, children's emotions, sibling rivalry, consumer awareness, discipline and family communication


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on