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Latona Cooperative Preschool

9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 527-3783


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

I first walked into a coop classroom when my son was 3. He is now 27 and teaching in a public middle school and I am still at coop. I returned to school and completed the Early Childhood Education Program at North Seattle Community College. I am dedicated to the coop system. Coop is a great place for families to play, learn, grow and be supported along the way. I believe children learn best through play and research backs me up. It is my job to set up a rich environment for the children to explore. In their exploration the children experience pre math concepts, build language, science, self -help skills and most important social skills. I am honored to share in the lives of young families and I look forward to each day. Teacher Chris

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
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
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
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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

From the Director:

Cooperative preschool is about involvement. Not only do the parents play important roles as assistant teachers one day per week, they also run the school through Board and Committee positions. Parents attend a parent education meeting once a month that is facilitated by a trained Parent Educator. These meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss a variety of topics relevant to your child’s development. Through working at school and attending the meetings, parents get to know others in their community and form lasting friendships. (from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

This preschool is organized to provide a learning experience for both parents and children. The school offers activities to foster a sense of positive self-esteem, encourage interpersonal cooperation; and assist in developing the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills and the creative abilities of the children enrolled.

A Typical Day

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule:
9:00 – 10:20 Free Choice
10:20 – 10:30 Clean Up
10:30 – 10:50 Circle Time
10:50 – 11:00 Small Group
11:00 – 11:30 Outside/Gross Motor Play
11:30 – 11:45 Closing Circle

Tuesday schedule (for second year children):
12:00 – 12:25 Lunch
12:25 – 1:00 Free Choice
1:00 – 1:15 Circle and Sharing time
1:15 – 1:40 Outside/Gross Motor Play
1:45 – 2:00 Book and Select Work Station
2:00 – 2:50 Work Stations
2:50 – 3:00 Closing Circle and Brown Bear

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

1. Parent participation in class. 2. Monthly newsletter with Teacher's notes. 3. Monthly parent education and administrative meeting. 4. Parent Educator in classroom. 5. Email and phone access to Teacher. 6. Outside speakers on occasion.

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

School has a "slow start" schedule, where the class is split into two groups to lower number in school at one time. We also have a two-way mirror observation room for parent observation. The teacher encourages separation as early as possible, but parents are always welcome.