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The Seattle Preschool & Fives Program

12745 28th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 362-7447


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Seattle Preschool & Fives Program, which is part of Seattle Gymnastics Academy, is committed to providing an environment that stimulates creativity, inventiveness and self-awareness through theme based exploration and physical activity. At Seattle Preschool, play is a medium through which children can develop their social awareness, cognitive abilities, emotion management skills and even strengthen their physical abilities. We believe a balanced blend of self directed play and an integrated approach to theme based curriculum can spark a passion for curious exploration, supporting the need for discovery as it emerges within each child. Seattle Preschool offers a balanced blend of child initiated play, physical activity and structured learning time in order to ensure that children are afforded regular opportunities for loving, learning and growing.

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
  • Building blocks
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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  • 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 All Preschoolers participate in 45 min of gymnastics with our team of qualified coaches. Each day consists of exercise and creative movement with SGA's trained staff, promoting healthy gross motor skill development and fostering trust and self-awareness.

From the Director:

Physical activity increases memory, balance, mood and behavior. Gymnastics promotes quick reaction and decision making which translates into enhanced memory retrieval in the classroom. Exercise feeds the brain oxygen and glucose, which helps grow brain cells and can improve memory. Crossing the body's mid-line enlists parts of the brain which improve attention spans.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Seattle Preschool, teachers present ideas, themes and concepts allowing the students to then explore, discuss, experience and learn through creative inquiry and theme related projects.

We facilitate exploration and learning by assuring daily access to books, learning toys and arts and crafts materials.

Teachers are present and capable of supporting the students at each of their individual levels. Creating an environment conducive to self awareness and expression.

At Seattle Preschool the classroom is not "seeded" by age or gender, 3-5 year olds are combined and offered the opportunity to learn from each other.

Our projects are designed to challenge each child at multiple levels. For example, with a project that involves cutting, some children may just cut for the sake of cutting, some children may want to practice properly holding scissors, and others may be very intent on cutting on the line or in the shape the project intends. Its all learning. Its all awesome. Its all supported.

Our primary focus is social skill development and character education. We strongly believe that by giving children the freedom to work at their own pace, they are more confident and comfortable and happy to be at school which is great for us because that means they are developing a healthy love of learning!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At the Seattle Preschool, our goal is to nurture each child's social, emotional, educational, and physical development through well rounded curriculum offered in a safe and caring environment.

We believe that regular gross motor development opportunities help children connect mind to body, giving them beneficial practice with coordination, self control and body awareness. To this end, our program includes 45min each day with Seattle Gymnastics Academy Coaches in our attached 12,500 sq. ft. gymnastics facility where the children participate in gymnastics training, creative movement, fitness activities and cooperative games.

A Typical Day

Morning Schedule:

9:00 Arrival & Child Initiated Play
10:15 Cooperative Clean up
10:30 Morning Circle: Second Step, Story
11:00 Theme Based Project
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Gymnastics
12:45 PM Circle: Calendar, Weather, Goodbye
1:00 Dismissal

Fives Program Schedule:
9:30 Child initiated play
10:30 Cooperative Cleanup
10:45 Morning Circle, Theme Based Project
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Gymnastics
12:45 PM Circle: Calendar, Weather
1:00 Outdoor Time
1:30 Snack & Story
1:45 Literacy Groups
2:15 Homework & Goodbye Circle
2:30 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every family enrolled in our program has access to a password encoded website where we share information about current activities and curriculum. At this site, parents can also view our yearly curriculum overview, a yearly calendar, favorite recipes from class, gymnastics updates from our Gymnastics Day Program Director, a student data base for arranging out of school play dates, and photos we take of our students at school and on field trips.

We also provide a Second Step connection so that parents can understand and help support their children's social and emotional growth at home.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We are sensitive to transitions because we recognize that sometimes separating from a parent can be upsetting and also that maybe not every day is a great day. Teachers spend a lot of time developing trusting relationships with each child, but even so, sometimes a little extra help is needed.

Parent support:

We ask that parents let their kids walk into the classroom rather than be carried. We support parents by suggesting that they give a good clear "goodbye" and then go after helping their child settle in for a few minutes. We remind parents that children take cues from body language and facial expression, so it is important for parents to show that they trust teachers and Seattle Preschool. We offer to call parents later to give an update if a child has experienced a particularly challenging transition.

Supporting the child:

We first try to talk with children to see what might be going on. We honor their feelings if they express that they really don't want to talk or communicate. We remind children that strong feelings are ok and that they can be upset for as long as necessary. We offer quiet places for reflection and comfort. We never force a child to engage. We let the child lead. We also offer lots of hugging time if needed.