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Neighborhood Preschool

6902 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

(206) 938-6368


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays Morning (9:30-12) or Afternoon (12:30-3) classes. 8 children to a class. Warm, nurturing environment with pre-kindergarten curriculum, playful learning, and exploration. Monthly field trips, social and emotional support, and Stephanie is a West Seattle PTA mom, wife, and mother of 3.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Carefully chosen supplies and activities guide a child's natural curiosity and development. Small class size ensures attentive care and scaffolded learning. Classroom environment in a home is a nice bridge from home to school. We learn and grow together, and each child brings his or her own uniqueness to enrich our community of learners.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

With 8 students in the class, each child is encouraged and challenged at his/her level of development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Gently preparing your child for preschool.

A Typical Day

9:30/12:30 Welcome to School! Learning Center Time
Children get settled and get busy with projects, activities and games, and learning around the room. I facilitate, observe and interact.
10:10/1:10 Clean Up Time
10:20/1:20 Circle Time
Not just sitting still, we do songs, finger plays, dances, books, calendar and weather, writing and counting activities, and Show and Tell. We share news, talk about our projects and plans, and make connections between our play and learning.
11:00/2:00 Snack Time
11:30/2:30 Outside Play Time or Rainy Day Recess
We exercise indoors and out with free play, group games, and large motor skills.
11:55/2:55 Clean Up Time
12:00/3:00 Goodbye! See you next time!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Photos, newsletters, and curriculum handouts are posted monthly at KeepandShare. This is a safe and private way for us to share news as a group.
Stephanie also sends weekly email reminders about upcoming class news, special days, and show and tell.
Parents are encouraged to come on field trips when they are able, and given contact information to assist with making playdates and plans with new friends outside of school. Parent-Teacher conferences are in November, and provide a way for teacher and parent and child to meet and praise strengths and encourage growth. We make plans for how to best equip each child.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a school practice day, at the beginning of the year. This practice day is meant to be an informal visit to school before the year begins. It can help your child feel more confident and excited about beginning. It will also help to begin meeting new friends, and you are invited to bring your camera or picture phone and begin learning people’s faces and names! I will also be encouraging your child to have a good look around the classroom, and come up with a plan for their first play idea for the first day of school. This has shown to be a tremendous help in getting over the first day jitters, and any separation anxiety that does occur.
Parents stay with their child, and can both can be brave about meeting new people and having a look around.
At this practice day, if further plans and strategies need to be made for a specific child's separation needs, we will do so.