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Loyal Heights Jump-Start Preschool

2511 NW 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

(206) 252-1500

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children will learn at their own speed. We encourage all children to learn in a manner that best fits their style.

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
  • word games
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • math games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Not Applicable
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music and movement
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We do a combination of both Free play with some structure and Predominantly teacher-led instruction. There are approximately 20 minutes of teacher led instruction where children eventually learn what it is like to be in kindergarten. The rest of the day is spent on free play, music and movement and storytelling.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

During our "task time" we work with those students who fall behind. We assign one teacher to those students. For those who excell we usually give them extra work or a bit more challenging work to do. Each student gets the same papers and they do as much work as they can with in the alloted time. We also send home work that they can do for practice purposes but it is not required that they complete the papers.....Only if they want to.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To introduce young students to education in a positive and fun learning environment.

A Typical Day

8:45 Students arrive
9:00-9:30 Circle Time
9:30- 10:00 Outdoor recess
10:00-10:15 Bathroom Break
10:15-10:40 Task Time
10:40-11:00 Snack
11:00-11:40 Free Play
11:40-11:45 Clean up
11:45-12:00 Ending Circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have two open houses. One before school begins in the fall and one during the school year. We have a parent club, where parents get together to plan events and keep other parent informed about what is going on in the classroom. We have teacher/parent conferences in March and we have a parent helper in the classroom everyday.


Handling Separation: From the Director

Children cry until they are familiar with the program. We try to engage them in what we are doing and encourage other children to help them thru the difficult time. We rarely have a child who cries past the first week. They are busy meeting new friends, learning new things and having fun that they have no time for separation.