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Tara's Tots

3534 Interlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 724-7993


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Is there anything more important than the protection of childhood and the joy a young child experiences when she or he is allowed to be a child and not hurried into the world of adults? Welcome to Tara's Tots preschools. Each day is filled with laughter, merriment and time to explore the world around us. Friendships form, trees are climbed, water and mud delighted in and the seasons sensed through festivals, arts and crafts, and being allowed to go outside to be in the rain! We view these precious early years as a time to learn about the world by being in it, and by developing social skills, which once learned, form a foundation on which to lay education, strengthening us for the years ahead.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

From the Director:

In allowing the children to play, we allow the first hand experience of life. We come to understand weight by using a pulley. We understand gravity by stacking up blocks, and knocking them down. We learn co-operation when we work with our friends to carry a heavy load. When children experience life first hand they rejoice in learning and crave more. When they master a task at their own pace, be it tying a shoe lace, pouring their own cup of tea, or balancing along a balance beam, they do not fear the learning process, but rather want greater and greater challenges. The very act of "learning" is joyful.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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  • 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
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
  • 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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We view each child as an individual. A quiet or shy child will be, very gently, coaxed out of their shell. A loud and spirited child will be reminded to be careful as they run past friends, not to knock them over. The bunny teaches us to have gentle hands.
Parent/Teacher meetings allow us the time to talk about each child and figure out how best to serve the needs of each individual.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Waldorf Education strives to nourish the child on every level. By providing a safe, loving, rhythmical environment for the children, they, in turn, are free to explore the world around them and venture away and apart from the known safety of their parents. This fosters confidence and courage.
Allowing a child's natural ability to be imaginative opens whole unknown worlds to them. For a child, riding a stick horse is real and they delight in their ability to ride as fast as the wind.
Our school is warm, and cozy, and inviting. It is set in a bungalow in Wallingford, surrounded by a beautiful garden, that allows the children the space to run, climb, "cook" mud pies and plant daffodils. With two separate gardens we are able to meet the needs of those children riding their wild ponies, whooping and yahoo-ing, as well as those children needing to play quietly in the "fairy garden" and serving tea from their finest china tea set.
We work closely with families and host Parent Education Meetings once a month as well as Seasonal Festivals when our school community gathers to celebrate the beauty of each changing season. We also go "camping" at the end of every school year.
The first Monday after our last day of school, in early June, is the start of our extremely flexible Summer Program.

A Typical Day

9am Arrival. Free play and creative activities such as baking, painting, sewing, felting and cooking.
10:30am Story time, followed by a hot, organic snack.
11am Outside time. Everyone goes out, rain or shine!
Noon Circle time followed by lunch
12:45-1pm Parents arrive and children go home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We host monthly Parent Education Meetings.
Parent/Teacher conferences once a year and/or as needed.
Email updates.
Local lectures are noted and we encourage parents to attend.
Availability of the teacher by both phone and email, as needed.
Open Houses begin in early January. For more information please go to our website:

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work very closely with each family, as every child is so different, we carefully work to accommodate each child's individual needs. Additionally, we encourage parents to send their child to our summer program to get them used to the school. The beauty of our summer program is its flexibility. We spend most of our morning outside in the tree dappled light.
Although parents are not encouraged to stay and hang out during our regular school year, the summer is a little more open. Our philosophy is to keep good byes short and sweet. (Most children enter the first day of school VERY happily because of the familiarity they have due to the time they had at the summer program.)