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Bethany Bear's Preschool

2410 N 46th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone:
(206) 632-1902

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We are a Christian Preschool located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe in facilitating learning in the classroom, but not being so structured that a teachable moment is lost. We guide the children to find the wonder in learning.

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

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  • Puzzles
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
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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  • 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
Other subjects taught We offer a French class after school on Tuesdays.

From the Director:

Preschool children learn through play. Our teachers help the student discover their environment through play and experimenting. We have a theme approach to our curriculum. Our children are emerged into the theme so that no matter what their learning style may be they will come away with some insight from the day.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are very blessed to have 3 of our teachers trained in special needs education. It is a special gift to be able to help parents identify needs their children may have and direct them to services can help them. All of our teachers are given enough time with their classes to help individuals excel.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are an independent, non-profit Christian preschool that provides a safe, loving environment where children can "Learn to love, and love to learn." We accept children from all walks of life; we do not discriminate against anyone.
Our goal is to help children prepare for kindergarten in a loving, christian environment.

A Typical Day

9:30 to 10:15 Learning center (introduction of daily theme)
10:15 to 10:45 Art
10:45 to 11:15 bathroom break and clean-up for snack
11:15 to 11:45 Large muscle play
11:45 to 12:15 circle time (books and music)
12:15 to 12:30 Work Jobs (pre-math and pre-reading games)
Parents pick children up at 12:30

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are very blessed to have 3 of our teachers trained in special needs education. It is a special gift to be able to help parents identify needs their children may have and direct them to services can help them. All our teachers are given enough time with their classes to help individuals excel.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work closely with the parents to find out what makes their child most comfortable. Parents are allowed to stay as long as they need to help the child adapt to the new environment. We allow the children to bring anything that will help comfort them.

We want school to be a fun experience, not something to fear.