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St. Alphonsus PreK Montessori

5816 15th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 782-4363


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

To develop the potential of the child by direct experience with the Montessori Prepared Environment and the use of didactic materials.

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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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Religion

From the Director:

The preschool program is integrated. Every effort is made to help the child see connections between subject areas. D'Nealian handwriting is taught in conjunction with the St. Alphonsus Primary Department. Children will be exposed to Music, Art and P.E. on a weekly basis. The program has many areas of development. Practical Life, Sensorial, Cosmic Studies, Math, Language, and Religion.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teacher has activities for every level of development. No one gets lost.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The St. Alphonsus Preschool philosophy strives through Catholic principles and Montessori philosophy to create a loving environment which will enable the student to grow in faith potential, social grace, discipline and academics.

A Typical Day

Morning Class
8:30-9:50 Work Period
10-10:15 Recess
10:20-10:30 Snack
10:30-11:15 Work Period
11:15-11:30 Cirlce Time/Sharing

Afternoon Class
12:30-2:00 Work Period
2:05-2:15 Snack
2:15-2:35 Recess
2:40-3:00 Cirlce Time/Sharing

Tuesdays: P.E. in the Gymnasium
Wednesdays: Religion

Home-School Connection

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
  • 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:

  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year