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Sprout Preschool

5124 S. Orcas Street
Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 390-3558


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program is play-based with some teacher led instruction

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We work with families to develop an individualized plan to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of each child. Our low ratio allows us to provide excellent individualized instruction.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Sprout In-Home Preschool provides a fun and safe environment for children to play, explore and learn. Children learn best by moving their bodies, so we design our activities to be hands-on, self-directed, creative, physical, and social. Our program is play-based with some teacher-led activities and a variety of open-ended materials that allow children to build, create, pretend, and use their own ideas. Many of the materials are designed to help children develop the skills needed for later learning. For example, as Jaeda pours sand from a big bucket into a small cup, she begins to understand something about volume, weight, and gravity. As Max builds a street with wooden unit blocks, he learns something new about proportion, size, and shape.
The early years are a unique and exciting time as children are busy developing physically, emotionally, and cognitively. At Sprout Preschool, kids will enjoy a rich social environment as they experience what it’s like to be part of a group. With guidance, they learn to share, take turns, and communicate their feelings. We nurture curiosity and compassion so that children feel a deep sense of acceptance towards themselves and others.
It takes a village…
We view our preschool as part of a community of people – kids, teachers, and parents! - continuing to learn and grow. We celebrate the diversity of our Seward Park/Columbia City neighborhood and strive to reflect this in the materials we provide. We work hard to build strong relationships within our community. Our low teacher to child ratio (1:4) allows us to bond with each child and work with him or her individually, and to establish a strong working partnership with parents and caregivers. Our commitment to a healthy community and open communication is crucial to creating an environment that enables each child to thrive.

A Typical Day

We balance the day with a predictable schedule to promote confidence and security but with enough flexibility to meet individual needs.
8:30 Explore/play
9:15 Circle (songs, books, group lessons, letter of the week)
9:30 Potty/Snack
9:45 Explore/play
10:15 Art, cooking, or science project
10:45 Music/Movement
11:15 Clean-up
11:30 Outside (sandbox, bikes, garden, playhouse, jungle gym)
12:00 Lunch
12:20 Story
12:30 Adios

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly Sprout News and weekly Mini-News

Yearly family/teacher conferences

Website and upcoming family blog!

Ongoing Sprout community events

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We set up a slow-start for new students to ensure a positive transition into school.