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All About Kids

2207 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Phone:
(206) 938-4468

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

An important goal at All About Kids is to incorporate anti-bias and cultural diversity as an integral part of its curriculum since children live in a diverse and complex society. This encourages each child to reach his/her full potential by challenging the barriers created by prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes. An anti-bias, culturally diverse curriculum offers a teaching strategy which develops an appreciation of diversity, rather than ignoring, and therefore reinforcing children’s misunderstandings of differences. Examples in our program include: a display of each child’s family; books, toys, and other materials that reflect diversity in families, gender roles, racial and ethnic identity, physical abilities and occupations. This curriculum approach is a commitment to address societal bias and practice appreciation of differences in a developmentally appropriate way. We encourage families to share aspects of their cultural celebrations with the children in our care.

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
  • We encourage children to tell stories, and a teacher will write it out for the child.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Various 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • We bring various items/objects and will go out and explore the natural world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Multicultural music & dance
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 We try to bring other languages that reflect our children's families into our routine. For example the children learn to count and alphabets of german, spanish, macedonian and some American SIgn language.

From the Director:

Our goal is to help each child to develop the social skills necessary for group interaction. This is done through positive feedback for good behavior, and by promoting the rewards that come from sharing, working and playing together. We understand that conflict is normal and that each child faces the challenge of learning to share and compromise. Our task is to help the child to develop the inner resources needed in learning to resolve conflict in a positive way. We promote the simple respect for each individual’s rights. When inappropriate behavior is displayed, the child is asked to choose between an individual activity, or remaining in the present activity with a behavior change. If the behavior is not corrected, our response is to place the child in a “time-out” situation, or sitting in a chair for a brief period. We do not “time out” a child by placing them “in a corner”, we feel this is humiliating to a child. They will be timed-out to sit briefly in view of an adult.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

When a child has special needs (whether it be because they are "behind" or otherwise) we will sit down with the parents and come up with a plan that will work for their child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

All About Kids
Infant & Childcare Center

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy at ALL ABOUT KIDS is to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for your child while you are away during the day. We encourage independence, self-confidence and consideration for others. We respect each child as an individual with his own potentials, interests and needs.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to meet the needs of parents, children and staff for high quality childcare. We strive to continue developing a curriculum that will stimulate growth and learning for your child. It is the goal of our staff to incorporate anti-bias and cultural diversity as an integral part of its curriculum since children live in a diverse and complex society. We aim to offer a variety of opportunities for your child to help with the development in the following areas:

Personal and social development
Self-awareness
Physical and intellectual growth
Language development
Sensory/cognitive development
The development of a positive self-concept

We understand the need for open communication between staff and parents and will share aspects of your child’s day. We are also willing to set up formal parent/teacher conferences at your request and/or as the need arises.

A Typical Day

PRESCHOOL ROOM SCHEDULE

7:00 am – 8:00 am:
Front room free play and breakfast.

8:00 am – 8:15 am:
Move to preschool room for story time.

8:15 am – 9:50 am:
Free time with snack and projects.

9:50 am – 10:00 am:
Group clean-up time.

10:00 am – 11:00 am:
Table activities and outside time ½ hr each group.

11:00 am – 11:20 am:
Story time, wash up for transition to lunch.

11:20 am – 11:50 am:
Lunch.

11:50 am – 2:15 pm:
Nap.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm:
Wake up, restroom, one group outside.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm:
Snack.

3:00 pm – 4:50 pm:
Free play, group projects. Another group outside.

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm:
Group clean-up time.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm:
Front room free play.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to establish a routine that doesn't allow for too much "waiting around" in the mornings. It is our policy that all parents take their child to the restroom and be sure they wash their hands. If it is before 8 am & your child will eat breakfast here, he she needs to be at the breakfast table before 7:50 am.

Children can go to the front window to wave to their parents when they leave. A teacher will help with morning transitions when necessary.