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El Cuento Preschool

501 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 683-4471


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
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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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
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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  • 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
Other subjects taught cultural immersion, traditions,arts and traditional craft.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

we are a low-student teacher ratio . for that reason we provide a high quality and personal teaching experience .

Day in the Life

General School Mission

As a Spanish class provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn Spanish in the natural way, and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. I believe children learn Spanish through play and benefit from a structured flexible schedule. We learn to make piñatas, papel picado, and celebrate traditions ( 5 de Mayo, Child�??s Day, Mother�??s Day). La Fiesta, and much more fun activities.

A Typical Day

The class consist of the following activities: free play, morning circle time, art activities, clean-up/ toileting time, snack, outdoor time (dance, outside games, gardening), lunch time, circle time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

we keep an open comunication with the parents regarding children progress every day .

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents , but we handle this situation by integrating them with the group and let them feel comfortable.