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The Reading Ladybug

5042 18th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 524-7839


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A specialized reading and writing program for children entering elementary school and for students who require help in developing language skills.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The Reading Ladybug provides group and individual instruction to promote mastery of the printed language. Fun-filled classes focus on syllabic and vowel patterns to help children read and write with confidence.

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
  • 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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Specialty summer camps: Reading, Science and Art. Science, geography and math are taught as integrated subjects.

From the Director:

Children are taught foundations of reading and science in a positive, nurturing environment that builds confidence and a joy of learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Classes are taught by a Washington State Certified Teacher, endorsed in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and ESL.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of The Reading Ladybug is to instill a love of language for the purpose of reading and writing. Students will learn linguistic foundations, build on skills and practice new strategies that lead to individual success in and out of academic settings.

A Typical Day

Summer Camps are either 9:30 to 12:30 pm or 9:30 to 3:00 pm. Each camp day is balanced with mini-lessons, practice, play, games, read alouds, movement and art.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Emails describing lessons and at-home practice techniques are sent daily. Students take home activities to share with families.

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
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

The Reading Ladybug builds relationships with students and their families to ensure success, confidence and progress.