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Community Day School Association at Maple

4925 Corson Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98018

(206) 768-2480

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We use the "Creative Curriculum" as our guide for planning and implementing a developmentally approriate program. We believe that children learn through playing and exploring their environment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • 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

From the Director:

We use the "Creative Curriculum" as our guide for planning and implementing a developmentally approriate program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Students in our program are assessed three times a year to measure how they are developing and learning in four major areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Once we are able to determine where the child is on the developmental continuum, we decide what kinds of expereinces will support the child's progress. In addition, we hold parent-teacher conferences to develop goals and talk about how they can support their child's learning at home.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

CDSA is dedicated to providing affordable quality childcare in safe and caring surroundings. Our goal is to promote each child's intellectual, physical and social develpoment within a diverse community with emphasis on respect for self, others and the environment.

A Typical Day

Preschool Schedule:
7:00-8:00: Arrival/Quiet Games and Activities
8:00-8:30: Large Group Activity
8:30-8:45: Story Time
8:45-9:00: Clean-up
9:00-9:15: Arrival
9:15-9:35: Breakfast
9:35-9:50: Circle Time
9:50-10:50: Centers
10:50-11:20: Recess
11:20-11:30: Story Time
11:30-12:00: Lunch
12:00-12:15: Music and Movement
12:15-12:30: Mid-day Closing
12:30-12:45: Make Beds
12:45-1:45: Rest Time
1:45-2:00: Snack
2:00-3:00: Small/Large Group Activity
3:00-4:00: Outdoor Choice Time
4:00-4:30: Arts and Crafts
4:30-5:00: Story Time
5:00-5:30: Late Afternoon Snack
5:30-6:00: Clean-up/Closing

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We send out monthly newsletters informing parents about upcoming events, themes for the month, special field trips, and any other activities happening at school. We have three parent-teacher conferences a year to let parents how how their child is doing in school. During the parent-teacher conferences, we collaboratively develop goals with parents and discuss ways in which they can support their child's learning outside of school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school