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Stepping Stone Montessori Preschool

603 N. 60th St
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 784-5393


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Stepping Stone Preschool is an in-home Montessori preschool located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. We are dedicated to helping children develop skills for a lifetime of creative learning. Working closely with parents, we will provide a nurturing family community where children enjoy positive, hands-on education. Our small class size will give each child the opportunity to develop social skills, self-esteem, and their own unique interests.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Montessori Language Curriculum is used
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori Math Curriculum is used
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
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught French Sensory development

From the Director:

Our classroom allows each child to learn freely within a structured, planned environment. Plants and animals are an integral part of the class and are cared for by the children. Outdoor activities on our playground or at nearby Woodland Park are an important part of every school day.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Stepping Stone’s goal is to guide each child in the development of their total personality while fulfilling their social, intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

We offer a child-centered environment in a loving and secure family atmosphere. We take special care to promote self-esteem, as it is the foundation of a child’s future. Through repeated experiences of personal success and self-awareness, each child’s abilities, confidence and independence grow.

The purpose of the Montessori approach is not to cover a fixed curriculum, but to foster the sense of wonder in each child’s learning process, to provide experiences and research tools and to set the children free to observe, think, create and draw their own conclusions.

We strive to make Stepping stone a place where children experience the joys, challenges and possibilities in each new day.

A Typical Day

Typical Day at Stepping Stone

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00am Early drop off

8:30 - 9:00am Children arrive (Read books, welcome)

9:00 - 9:30am Outside time (Active play)

9:30am Circle time (Includes: Show &Tell, class meetings, lessons, etc…)

9:45am Work time (Concentrated learning)

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11:30pm Lunch circle (Books, role plays, songs, games…)

11: 45pm Lunch

after lunch–1:00pm Outside time (Active play)

1:00–2:00pm Pre-K work time (Advanced concentrated learning)

2:30-3:00pm Rest time (Quiet stories and music)

2:30 – 3:30pm Afternoon Snack

3:30pm Pick-up time

4:00pm Late pick up

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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