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BRIGHT! a madison park preschool

4105 E Garfield St
Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 550-6440


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Morning preschool and afternoon pre-k readiness classes. We focus daily on social skills, cognitive development, small motor skills and large motor skills, through play, music, art, outdoor exposure and drama.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our learning approach is hands-on with emphasis on self-directed learning. Activities are designed to address several areas of pre-leaning including writing, math, science, foreign language, and problem solving.

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
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish Immersion (45 min classes, once a week).

From the Director:

Our programs are child directed, ie they can choose which activities to participate in, and frequently teacher lead a project design to foster creative thought and problem solving. Our approach to learning opportunities is process based verses result based.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child has a unique level and learning style. Our projects and activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate and scalable to meet the different needs of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At BRIGHT, we're focused on providing an enriching environment where your child feels the support and comfort to explore. Children learn by doing, and play is their work. By providing the tools and a child centered curriculum, they have the opportunity to make choices from a wide variety of activities that stimulate their natural curiosity and increase their confidence. With a safe and inviting learning environment, children are exposed to, and relish in, an array of mind-on & hands-on experiences. We focus on the process of learning by providing open-ended, self directed activities that engage a child's curiosity and foster growth and development; physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.

A Typical Day


9:00 – 9:30 Arrival, Transition & Free-play
9:30 – 10:00 Reading and Story Time
10:00 - 10:20 Snack and Clean-up
10:20 – 11:00 Arts & Crafts
11:00 – 11:45 Outdoor Play & Special Events
11:45 – 12:00 Clean-up and Lunch Prep
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 Clean-up & Outdoor Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Strong, clear, and frequent communication is key to a successful learning environment. We strive to provide specific feedback on weekly activities and keep parents informed of on-going themes and ways to support our themes learning objectives at home.

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

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each parent is provided with a written outline on how we help children transition into school for as long as such support is needed.