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Nurturing Knowledge School Bryant-Ravenn

Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 755-0366


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

CHILD CENTERED CURRICULUM Nurturing Knowledge School offers a hands on, integrated curriculum in which children participate in a variety of activities that are designed to give support in several developmental areas at the same time. For example, your child(ren) may make homemade play dough during small group time. They are growing cognitively by learning about measurement, color mixing, counting, and reading (the recipe and labels); they are growing socially by taking turns and cooperating; they are growing physically by using their fine motor skills to measure and stir the ingredients and knead the dough; and they are growing emotionally by experiencing the satisfaction of completing a task and the excitement that comes from being part of a group. Throughout your child's school day she/he will have opportunities for learning and growth by participating in group/individual projects, circle time, and child- initiated exploration in any of our learning centers.

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
  • Literacy Based Small Group Time
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Specific activities planned to teach math skills
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
  • Activities are planned to encouage children to develop and test theories about the world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music activites planned to target developing skills
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art is used to help children express and symbolize their ideas and theories
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
  • Outdoor activities planned to extend learning process
Other subjects taught Small Group Project Work & Classroom Learning Centers, including focus with Library/ Language, Creative Art, Computers, Dramatic Play, Construction/Blocks, Sensory Exploration, Science Investigation, Music and Movement, Math/Manipulatives, Outdoor Play, Problem Solving, Contributing Positively to a Community

From the Director:

DOCUMENTING YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING EXPERIENCES At Nurturing Knowledge School, each child develops a portfolio of accomplishments. Our certified teachers will provide you with concrete examples of how your child is learning and growing cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. The portfolio documents your child's development in each area through drawings, writings, photographs and notes from their teachers. Through assessment and documentation of learning experiences parents and teachers set child-centered goals so that each child is given the opportunity to reach her/his potential.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We see each child as unique and work hard to get-to-know them well. We interact closely with the children and observe them in many different situations throughout the day. We also meet with each child’s family to better understand the whole child. Because we know each child well, we are able to plan curriculum to support his/her learning process. We create curriculum to meet the dynamic needs of each individual while also addressing the group’s rhythm.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Nurturing Knowledge School our passion is your child's potential. We believe in finding the genius in every child, which sets the right foundation for success and a life-long love for learning. We focus on the whole child by offering opportunities for growth in cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. We do this by creating lessons appropriate for the unique development and learning style of each child, which allows fulfillment of their individual potential.

A Typical Day


Transition into the Program: Getting Settled
o Greet teachers
o Put personal belongings away
o Wash hands
o Sign-In
o Learning stations on main floor are available for child-initiated play

Whole Group Circle Time
o Welcome and good morning
o Greetings & conversation
o Morning movement song and/or stretching/yoga

Small Group Meeting / Project Work
o Calendar activities
o Practice songs, poems, rhymes
o “Today I feel…”
o Role playing social scenes
o Share news
o Group discussions
o Child-initiated projects and exploration of topics suggested by students and based on their interests/questions/curiosities
o Children plan and conduct investigations/activities in small groups and/or individually

o Open snack
o Appropriate table manners
o Try new foods
o Clean-up own space

Outdoor Play
o Balls, jump ropes
o Structure for climbing
o Playhouse for imagination and dramatic play
o Observe weather, animals, birds, and the natural world
o Nature walks

Free Choice Play Time / Learning Stations
o Learning centers are available for child-initiated learning through play
o Two changing “special” centers available – writing, special art or science exploration, creation station for building and constructing, woodworking
o Small skill-focused groups
o One-on-one time focused on child’s individual goals

o Family style lunch
o Children eat lunch brought from home
o Appropriate table manners

Literacy Group
o Read stories
o Story extensions
o Reflect on day
o Writing Skills

o Share daily photos
o Pick up work to go home
o Gather belongings/check family mailbox
o Good-byes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At Nurturing Knowledge Schools we value a close relationship with parents so we can best meet the needs of each individual child and his/her family. Parents and teachers meet together every couple months not only to share information and discuss learning goals but also to provide individualized support to parents/families. If a child is struggling in a particular area, teachers may confer even more frequently with parents to provide extra assistance. Teachers allow time each day to greet parents and receive and relay information. Our individualized child portfolios, daily slide show of classroom experiences, and photo documentation are powerful forms of communication we utilize to not only understand each child's uniqueness but also appreciate how he/she works within the group. We also conduct parent education classes, multiple family social events, family field trips, and other family events throughout the year.


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

We work directly with each family to create the best transition plan for each child. We host a parent orientation in the summer to share additional information about the school, answer questions, and provide support with separation anxiety. There are several fun family social events and a child orientation prior to the first day of school so that children can become familiar with their teachers and new peers. The teachers are actively involved with the transition process, assisting both children and parents. Transition difficulties are generally of short duration as the children quickly develop strong bonds with their warm, supportive teachers.