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La Petite Famille Preschool Daycare

1712 NE 97th St
Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 523-2030


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French American bilingual preschool / daycare with an exceptional array of materials and an experienced teacher. The emphasis is on French, music and movement, art projects and preschool-kindergarden activities.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Children learn thru teaching and playing. Therefore, the morning is devoted to structured preschool/school activities. The afternoon is all nap and free play, allowing the children to rest and use their imagination.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught French .

From the Director:

The teacher, a former kindergarten teacher, provides the children with lots of structured times for learning and fun, as well as free time to grow and use their imagination.There is an exceptional array of materials, books, toys, puppets, dress-up clothes, games and manipulatives to provide the children with a fun, stimulating environment. The children learn french thru games, books but mostly thru daily conversation.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because La Petite Famille accepts only 8 children, there is an emphasis on one-on-one teaching and individual attention.The older children have a workbook tailored to their own needs. The teacher works on those books with each child individually.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

La Petite Famille is a bilingual preschool who emphasizes learning as well as playing. By the time the children leave for kindergarten, most are able to read at least at a first grade level , do basic maths, spell, write in a journal and understand and speak basic french. The director's mission is to teach the children not only academic skills but also social skills.

A Typical Day

8:00-9:00 Breakfast, free play
9:00-10.30 Circle time: reading, singing
French:songs, books, games
Homework( individual attention)
10:30 Snack
11:00 Art project
11:30 Free play
12.00-1:30 Lunch, free play
1:30-3:30 Nap time
3:30-4:00 Snack
4:00-5:30 outside free play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teacher works very closely with the parents, advising techniques for discipline and reinforcing what the children learnt during the day.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

The director advises the parents to bring the child a few times to school during free play, to get acquainted with the other schoolmates and the teacher.At that time, the parent can stay with the child to help with the transition.