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Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Preschool

7526 20th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Phone:
(206) 522-1187

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Roaring Mouse provides a rich learning environment, complete with a studio for the visual arts. In addition, we also offer a “playroom” full of musical instruments and an abundance of toys that are selected to pique one’s curiosity, spark the imagination and inspire creative play. All of these experiences engage the senses, which in turn stimulate learning, an understanding of the world and a strong foundation for self expression. A low teacher/child ratio of 1/7 in our class makes it possible to follow through on the naturally occurring interests of the children and allows teachers and students to co-create curriculum. Students become immersed in the process of thinking, designing, planning and pursuing more knowledge. In this way, learning becomes a community experience, and ultimately a celebration of living, working, playing and being a part of something larger than oneself.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

Class Content and Schedule: The daily schedule in our preschool program is arranged to accommodate the needs of young children for play, social interaction, reflection and learning. Our class time is devoted to three main areas of concentration: Creative Learning, Cooperative Community and Creative Cycles. We base our approach on the fundamentals of childhood development and an eclectic blend of philosophies. Young children learn by exploring their environment, by experimenting and interacting with the world. This reflects a natural progression of learning, and one that fits well when it comes to the arts. Through experiences in creative arts, process projects, social play, investigation, observation and language arts, children begin to build the skills needed for a lifetime love of learning. Creative Learning: During our Creative Learning time, children in our program have ample time to make choices about how they will pursue their interests. Our teachers observe and support the children, creating an emergent curriculum that will satisfy inquisitive minds. Choices for Creative Learning might include: Creative Arts: In general, two art projects will be available each day. These might include collage, clay, sculpting (3 – D sculpture), paper mache, painting and drawing. Handwork: Stitchery, carpentry, weaving, etc. Process Experiences: Cooking, wool work, gardening. Social Play: Imaginaria, small blocks, manipulative toys, mini-environments. Investigation and Observation: Science, sensory play, instruments. Language Arts: Story writing, story telling, interviews, news reporting. Cooperative Community: Children need the chance to explore relationships and to discover what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to getting along with others. They need to make mistakes, and understand the consequences of their actions. In our class, we spend a fair amount of time talking about the mechanics of relationships, learning about compassion and developing communication skills so that we may better understand ourselves and each other. In addition to group discussions, reading books and sharing, we will be using two programs developed by Committee for Children, Woven Word and Second Step. Both emphasize social-emotional development, and help us create our Cooperative Community. Creative Cycles: This is the trademark Roaring Mouse approach to creativity! During the Creative Cycles classes, children have the chance to explore, develop and create through music, song, dance, drama and storytelling. (from school website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Preschool is a comprehensive early childhood program designed to give young children ages 3 – 5 years old the opportunity to:
• explore and discover creative self-expression through various mediums in the arts
• develop positive social-emotional and communication skills
• build a foundation for future learning success

Based on the success of our Creative Arts studio classes, this new program builds on the foundation, philosophy and curriculum established by our teachers over the past seven years. The decision to offer a more consistent, year long program was adopted in order to support our longstanding value of emphasizing socialization and
creating a community among the families and children in our classes.

(from school website)

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule
9:15 – 10: 45: Creative Learning and snack
10:45 – 11:00: Large Motor/Outside Play time
11:00 – 11:30: Cooperative Community
11:30 – 12:00: Lunch
12:00 –12:45: Creative Cycles
12:45: Closure
Get ready to go home, say goodbye to friends.

(from school website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Once a year we schedule an individual conference with each family. At this time we provide our informal assessment
of your child’s development. We are also available at other times to talk about observations, ideas and
concerns. We encourage our families to communicate with the teachers whenever they feel that a discussion
would be helpful.