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Interlaken Preschool

1242 18th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 709-8490


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe in building a strong foundation for creating happy, curious and excited learners. This foundation is based on having self sufficientcy skills as well as social/emotional skills to be able to interact successfully within a group.

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
  • Shelf work, story writing, journals, storytelling, shelfwork
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Number matching, snack counting, patterns, shelf work
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Chair stacking
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing
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 teach the children how to interact within a group setting. We practice conflict resolution and teach the children how to talk about and solve problems. We also teach the children how to recognize their feelings and to express in positive ways how they are feeling. Another area of our curriculum is self sufficiency skills. We practice taking care of our own needs and encourage our children to try to do a skill themself.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe it is important for the whole child to develop: socially, emotionally, and academically. A well-adjusted, self-confident child is eager to learn about the world in which he or she lives. To encourage this, we explore monthly themes, engaging your child in many activities, including language arts, math, science, social studies, arts and crafts, music, dance, and dramatic play. We fill the classroom environment with options for activities and experiences that support learning. This daily practice of making choices creates a foundation of understanding for children as they learn how their actions affect them, those around them and their environment.

A Typical Day

Although we are open from 7:30-5:30 our core preschool time is 9:00-4:00. During this time we have a morning schedule and an afternoon schedule, we have lunch and rest time in between these sections of the day. The morning portion of our program is designed to develop children's social, emotional and academic skills in preparation for kindergarten. We build on these skills throughout the year by introducing community awareness activities, problem solving, art, journal writing, letter and number recognition skills, and shelf work time. Our classroom is oriented toward child-led activities which allow children to learn directly from their environment. Afternoons at Interlaken assist children in developing their creative self through music, art, dramatic play, cooking, dance, and emergent curriculum concetps. Our enrichment program enables children to expand their skills through self-expression and exploration.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year