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Creative Arts for Children

3116 W Smith Street
Seattle, WA 98199

(206) 285-5334


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Creative Arts each child's learning style is valued. If children are "different", teachers set up an instruction plan to support the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Creative Arts we believe that young children thrive in a safe learning environment that respects their unique developmental needs. With teacher facilitation and support during play, along with exposure to developmentally appropriate materials and activities, children develop an understanding of their world. They learn to solve problems, take risks, gain confidence and self-esteem, and develop empathy. These skills and attributes are the building blocks of social relationships, well-being, and future school success.

A Typical Day

Our curriculum is based on the idea that children create and construct their own knowledge. We use the children's interests to develop themes and ideas for activities in which the children create, explore, and learn through art, music, creative dramatics, and children's literature. We support the children's social development with teacher facilitation and through modeling, role-playing, and positive guidance techniques.

Free Play (Includes Art Project)
Circle Time
Activity (Song, Dance, Drama, etc)
Show and Tell
Story Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At the beginning of the school year, we have a parent meeting for each program in which teachers take parents through "a day in the life" and address developmental stages.

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
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We are open to parent's suggestions of what works best with their child. In the first couple of days, parents may stay awhile with their child until he/she is comfortably settled. If the child has difficulty separating, we ask that parents give their child a clear message that they are leaving and go. We take the child's hand and walk to the window to wave "goodbye". Children readily become distracted by friends and activities. Parents are encouraged to telephone us if they choose.