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Lakewood Cooperative Preschool

5005 S Ferdinand Street
Seattle, WA 98118

Phone:
(206) 725-6915

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our curriculum is play based and is designed to increase preschoolers levels of social competence and to problem solve in a caring way. At Lakewood we celebrate childhood and believe the most important job of a preschooler is to play ... to play hard, to play long, and to play with others. Numerous studies show that successful students who achieve degrees in higher education have attended developmentally appropriate preschool programs where play is the main agenda. We believe that kids need to use their imaginations, they need to dig in the dirt and find creatures, they need to paint colorful pictures, they need to find out about each other, and they need a place where they can tell their story. At 2--5 years, they don't need to act like first graders, sit still, read, or write. Their job is to PLAY and at Lakewood Co-op, they will have lots of opportunities to have fun and PLAY! (from school website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Lakewood Co-op Preschool provides a stimulating and nurturing play-based environment where children and families from all backgrounds work together in the classroom and grow together in community.

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