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Providence Mt. St. Vincent Intergenerati

4831 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

(206) 938-6195


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our two preschool rooms are large and spacious for groups of 20 children. Each group has regular activities with residents allowing everyone involved to enjoy time together, learn new skills and take part in interesting activities. They may do cooking, crafts, singing and art throughout the year. The children and residents also take part in a structured art studio and music activities, both led by specialists. Both groups take part in our art studio with residents and sing in an intergenerational "Glee Club" as well as other sing-a-longs. The children also go on field trips throughout the year. The curriculum flows from the needs and interests of children, teachers, families and others and is in accordance with the children's developmental needs.

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
  • Words list, labels, teachers encoragement
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math centers, teacher encouragment
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
  • Singing and music specialist attending one time per week
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art studio one time per week
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:

Curriculum in our early childhood program follows the natural 'need to know' of children and encompasses all developmental modalities. Unlike curriculum for older children, which focuses on a body of knowledge in which one want to develop an understanding, curriculum for your children includes all aspects of life and provides the opportunity to learn and practice new skills and develop new insights just beyond their master. Curriculum in the ILC takes place indoors, outdoors, visiting with residents in the long term care neighborhoods, meets the developmental needs of the children and emerges from the interests of children and teachers (maybe parents and residents as well). Children build community and are safe, secure and valued within a program that helps children with social learning, along side of cognitive, physical and emotional learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The classroom are designed for all children to be able to find activities that are interesting and challenging. The teachers will play a variety of choices and teacher lead activities that meet the needs of individual children. If we have children with special needs we work with the special needs teachers in the child's other school or special needs setting. In some situations the teacher comes to us and works with the child in our classroom.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC) is an award-winning child care program unique to Seattle in two distinct ways: (1) interaction between the Mount's residents and children is an integral part of daily activities and (2) each child's program is based on a problem-solving philosophy.

The ILC has become an integral part of the vision and mission offered by the Mount. Intergenerational care offers children:

* Opportunities to learn about the normal aging process;
* Ability to accept people with disabilities;
* Chance to become part of an extended family;
* Help in reducing fear of older adults; and
* Unconditional and unbounded love and attention.

In addition, residents and clients:

* Receive emotional support;
* Gain a sense of self-worth;
* Are motivated to participate in physical activity;
* Have an opportunity to transfer knowledge; and
* Serve as role models.

In addition, children bring spirit, joy, and laughter to many lonely residents who raised their families long ago. For Providence Mount St. Vincent, the Intergenerational Learning Center has provided an opportunity to develop a more holistic approach to care connected to the natural cycles of life.

With planned activities and programs provided five days a week, the children and residents have many opportunities to interact, sing, and play resulting in mutual benefit. For both groups, this may be the only time they are involved with someone who is two generations apart. The bond between them is truly special.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers write daily/weekly charts about children's activities, friendships, areas in which they are working. Teachers also collect information for each child's portfolio and meet formally with parents each spring. Teachers are available to meet with parents whenever parent wish.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We spend several weeks giving children the opportunity to practice their new rooms, environments and to become comfortable with their new teachers before they have to move rooms or join the group.
When parents have to leave a child, teachers are very loving, comforting and willing to hold a child, keep close track to be sure they are comfortable here.