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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop

6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 783-2244


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Our curriculum is play based and experiential. We have a structure for the day but the children pick the activities that they are interested in. There are parents in the classroom that act as teacher assistants who help facilitate the activities. It is a warm and nuturing environment.

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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  • 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

From the Director:

We have a play based curriculum that each teacher prepares for the developmental stages of the children they are working with. The parents are teacher assistants in the room. A Parent Educator is also in the room usually one day a week to observe the children and to answer questions. Parent Education is part of the monthly parent meetings and is led by the Parent Educator, the teacher or an outside expert.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers work with each child at their own level. We try to provide what is needed for each child and meet their developmental needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Coop is dedicated to provide a structured cooperative program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical and mental development of young children. It is also intended to be a resource and nucleus of support for families in the Phinney Ridge and surrounding neighborhoods.

A Typical Day

We have 5 different classes which meet at different days and times. Each class incorporates art, music, movement, sensory activities and language into the curriculum.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teachers work with each child at their own level. We try to provide what is needed for each child and meet their developmental needs. If teachers have special concerns about a child they will meet and talk with the parent. All the teachers are familiar with the resources in the community if the child or parent needs additional assistance. Each class has a parent meeting every month to discuss business and classroom issues. There is a Parent Education portion to each meeting lead by a Parent Educator who comes to class on a regular basis to observe the children.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

In the two oldest classes the teacher makes home visits before the beginning of school. The two year old class has an open house before the start of school so the children see the classroom and meet the teacher. In the two youngest classes the parents stay in the class so there aren't separation issues.
Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom as long as they want until they and their child feel comfortable.