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Madrona Place Two Preschool

Seattle, WA 98144

(206) 325-5816


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Madrona Place Two is a cozy, home-based preschool located in the Coman/Judkins Park neighborhood.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We use a play-based philosophy in our classroom and a Creative Curriculum to explore weekly topics. We use quite a lot of Montessori equipment but do not run the classroom on a typical Montessori pattern.

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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  • 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
  • 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 We incorporate music, language (Spanish & sign), science, and movement (yoga, etc.) into our circle time activities.

From the Director:

By using a Creative Curriculum, we usually change our topic weekly. We do our best to introduce the weekly topic into all areas of our classroom - books, art project, puzzles, games, songs, etc. When we can, we also integrate the real experience (examples: A trip to the King St. Station for Train week.... or .... Riding a bus & street car to the Center for Wooden Boats for Transportation week...).

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child recieves individual attention from the teachers according to his/ her needs, age appropriateness and area of interest.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of Madrona Place Too Preschool is to provide your child with a warm, caring and positive preschool experience.
Because we believe that children learn by playing, an important part of the teacher's job is to provide a classroom in which children participate in activities designed to enhance inquisitiveness, problem solving, independence and caring.
The single preeminent goal is your child's happiness and developing of a sense of self-confidence. Madrona Place Two will provide a place in which your child can continue to flourish and grow in a manner which does not inhibit his / her own uniqueness.

A Typical Day

9am. Children arrive to school.

9:00-10:00 am. Each day begins with the child selecting his/her first activity for the day. Choices are made from activities in the classroom. New activities, an important part of the classroom, are introduced. Materials and projects are changed frequently to keep up with the child's interest. Independent and individualized work occurs. Children work alone and in small groups. Teachers interact with the children, assisting and teaching but not interfering. Option to do the daily art project.

10:00am. Teachers and children tidy up and gather for a group time. The children call this "line time" or "circle time". A group game is played or a short music, language,or movement lesson is introduced on a current topic or area of learning. Sign language and Spanish is introduced. Some days we do yoga!

10:30 - 10:45am. Snack time. Snack is often prepared by the children themselves and includes a fruit or vegetable, juice or water, crackers with peanut butter (or the like incase of allergies) and it is usually served by the children. We cook with the children usually once per week and the children take pride in eating something they have prepared themselves. This is a special time when conversation flows.

10:45 - 11am. Potty break & 'reading' time.

11am - 11:45. Outdoor play. This includes play in the garden, local parks and playgrounds, or just walks through the neighborhood to explore!

11:50-12 noon. Calendar & story time.

12 - 1pm. Lunch and Outdoor play..

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have 2 parent - teacher conferences per school year. We have a hotmail address where teachers and parents communicate and we see the parents at drop off and pick up times daily. We also post weekly photos via Shutterfly for a peek into our week in the classroom!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

I encourage you to take the time to help your child feel comfortable at school. Please feel free to spend time in the school in the mornings during the first week or so. It has been a long summer so even the 'old hands' may need a little extra time.