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Green Tree Early Childhood Center

1200 6th Avenue Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 553-8212


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our teachers use the emergent approach to learning taking the lead from children's interests.

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
  • circle time activities to promote math skills
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
  • Fish tanks
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • A weekly music program with music specialist
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
  • 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 We make use of our down town location and children regularly take walking field trips

From the Director:

We have children from 2 months through 5 years. The curriculum varies depending on the ages and developmental abilities of the children in the classroom.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

- Highly-qualified ?Our teachers are a diverse, well-trained group committed to staying abreast with the latest discoveries in early childhood education. Teachers regularly attend training seminars and conferences and have education and experience exceeding state licensing requirements. (Excerpted from school website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Green Tree's philosophy is based upon three main
concepts that focus on development of the child
as a whole.

Child Centered Programs are developed to revolve around, respond to, and address the real needs of children. Direct observation of the children in each classroom combined with sound child development practices determines each classroom's curriculum.

Problem Solving ? We believe with guidance from trained, skilled teachers, children possess the ability to solve their own problems. By learning to use a problem solving process rather than simply finding a quick solution, both young and older children acquire life-long skills.

Anti-bias ? Anti-bias curriculum encourages children to notice and discuss cultural, ethnic, class, gender and other differences. Our goal is to teach children to think critically and enable children to identify stereotypes and discrimination and to react empathetically.

(Excerpted from school website)

A Typical Day

Preschool Room Daily Schedule
~ages 2 1/2 through 4 years**
7-7:45 - Free play with table activities set out to greet first comers
7:45-8:00 - Clean up
8-8:30 - Breakfast
8:30-10:30 - Free play and Activities (including outside play, sensory, art, fieldtrips etc.) Each day the teacher leads children in a Structured activity which involves the teacher leading a circle discussion on topics the children have been talking about...dinosaurs, blocks, machines etc.
10:30-11:15 - Outside play
11:15-11:45 - Lunch
11:45-12:00 - Quiet book time on mats. Children choose their own books.
12:00-2:30 - Nap Time
2:30-3:00 - Put mats away, free play outside.
3:30-6:00 - Free Play inside/outside and clean up from the day.

Pre-K Daily Schedule
~ages 3.5 years through kindergarten**
7-7:45 - Free play
7:45-8:00 - Clean up
8-8:30 - Breakfast
8:30-9:00 - Clean up and free play
9:00-9:30 - Class meeting, Calendar time, Explain project work for the day.
9:30-10:30 - Project work*
10:30-11:30 - Free play /Ouside
11:30-12:15 - Lunch. Parents feel free to join us.
12:15 - Chapter book read aloud
12:45-2:00 - Nap/rest time
2:00-3:00 - Art table
3:30 - 6:00 - Afternoon free play and outside

(Excerpted from school website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Like its teachers Green Tree?s diverse families are a committed bunch. Many children and families get to know each other well during the progression from infant to pre-K. The resulting friendships and community create a center with a comfortable ?family? atmosphere. A strong parent-volunteer program, including a parent volunteer board, fosters this sense of community. In turn the center provides parent educational resources and workshops that nurture the whole family. (Excerpted from school website)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Families are invited to visit the school prior to enrollment. We encourage parents to come for short visits a couple of times with thier child before the first day. Parents are introduced to the lead teacher to discuss any special needs the child may have.