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Little Friends Preschool

1818 Queen Anne Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 286-1940


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At Little Friends Preschool, we are committed to providing an environment where children 2-5 years old are offered opportunities that match their range of interests and abilities at the various stages of their development. We encourage children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth, as well as their high self-esteem and sense of being part of a community.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Little Friends creates and sustains a setting that fosters growth through play every day. The staff plans and carries out a curriculum of developmentally appropriate themes and activities for children in each of the class groups. At the same time, we provide a relaxed atmosphere with a wide variety of opportunities, materials and plenty of time for children to explore on their own.

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
  • Math Their Way activities
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CDs, Dance Workshop
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
  • 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 Spanish, Japanese and a Dance Workshop outside of school once a month.

From the Director:

At Little Friends, activity structured and unstructured is centered on children and their play. By play, we mean their sensory exploration, interaction, imitation and invention in response to others and to ideas and materials. We perceive play as the work of the young child, i.e. the means through which they gain understanding of themselves, each other, and the world around them and by which they learn and develop. We see Little Friends as the school part of the triad of educational support for your child provided by family, school, and the larger community. Little Friends belongs to your children. Their presence and play define it.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Welcome to Little Friends Preschool

A setting designed to nurture the developmental and educational needs of young children.

Little Friends Preschool, on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, was begun in 1981 to provide a place in the community where young children and their families could participate in a warm, child-centered, professionally-run early childhood education program.

Little Friends is an independent, non-profit, nonsectarian organization providing part-time preschool classes for children two-and-a-half through five years old.

To learn more about us, please feel free to explore our web site, or contact us for more information.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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