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Living Wisdom School

2800 NE 200th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155

(425) 772-9862


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Gives students the information and knowledge they need for achieving success in today's world Gives the tools of maturity so that they may become more fulfilled and happy human beings. Includes training in 4 key areas: Physical: balance, fitness, and energy Mental: intellect, focus, clarity, and intuition Emotional: calmness, sensitivity, kindness and cooperation Spiritual: truthfulness, serenity, inspiration, higher awareness and offering service to others

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
  • Puppets for dramatic storytelling
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Games , blocks, geometric wooden shapes, pegboards,
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Pegboards, gears and pegs, many games
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
  • 2 acre outdoor space/ local park with stream for walk to fieldtrips
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music teacher leads music once a week, Recorder instrument and lessons for older children; music daily with teachers
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • We have an Artist-in-Residence to nurture our programs. She is at the school two days a week.
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
  • Movable sandbox/ water station set up outside during Spring and Fall. Also outdoor art tables.
Other subjects taught French or Spanish are taught in a conversational fashion. Sharing Nature with Children - activity based nature exploration program is offered for all levels. Art with the artist in residence is based on the Monet Art curriculum. Self- expressive art is also encouraged. We also provide a music speciality class on Tuesdays. Kindergarten Teacher plays instruments for the school group gatherings.

From the Director:

Education For Life gives a solid grounding in the standard subjects: history, mathematics, languages, the sciences, literature, art, music and physical education. And it takes your child's education further by emphasizing subjects of daily, practical value, such as... how to live in harmony both inwardly and outwardly how to communicate one's ideas clearly how to achieve harmonious and mutually satisfying relationships how to perceive social responsibility how to concentrate and remain centered through life's ups and downs and, most of all, how to live happy and joy-filled lives

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers view each child as individuals. The teachers give the students the information and knowledge they need for achieving success in today's world; they use the tools of maturity principals so that the students become more fulfilled and happy human beings.

It includes training in 4 key areas:

Physical: balance, fitness, and energy
Mental: intellect, focus, clarity, and intuition
Emotional: calmness, sensitivity, kindness and cooperation
Spiritual: truthfulness, serenity, inspiration, higher awareness and offering service to others.

We balance all areas of the child's life. We have small class size so each child can excel at his/ or her own rate.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Education For Life system is based on the premise that life itself is a school of learning. It is an approach which balances mind and heart, and body and spirit. It is not a dogmatic system, but expansive and focused on the students' own inner joy and peace.

Living Wisdom Schools know that a child who is given appropriate and self-expansive opportunities to express positive emotions, to exercise the body, and to experience calm, inner awareness, is prepared and eager to explore the world around him: intellectually, scientifically, socially, and artistically.

Education for Life acknowledges that only by learning to expand our sympathies to include the realities of others with one's own can a child, of any age, hope to find a measure of fulfillment and happiness in this school of life.We encourage each child, as appropriate for his reality, to strive for academic excellence.

We seek to nurture and equip each child with the tools of maturity that every human needs to learn and grow: strength of will, compassion and respect for others, knowledge and reason, idealism, and a sensitive appreciation for the indwelling Spirit that unites all life.

Living Wisdom School has created a Spirit-centered learning environment expressing universal values with an emphasis on respect for all religions and spiritual traditions. The seeds of Living Wisdom School's approach to spirituality have sprouted from the soil of yoga and meditation, with its emphasis on personal growth, proven holistic techniques for body, mind, and spirit, and universality of understanding and application.

Living Wisdom Schools emphasize practical, not only theoretical, realities. Its studies are experiential, not dogmatic. The unitive teachings of the great religions of the world are studied not eclectically but empirically with emphasis on the experiences of true saints in all religions, as well as from the point of view of the impact of spiritual experience on daily life.

A Typical Day

A Sample Day at Preschool
Preschool Class 10:00 am-1:00 p.m.
Pre-kindergarten Class: 9:00 am-1:p.m.

Classroom activities include Flow Learning!

What is Flow Learning?
A teaching system based on universal principles of awareness and how people learn. The goal is to give students intuitive as well as intellectual understanding.

It has four stages:

Awaken Enthusiasm,
Focus Attention,
Direct Experience, and
Share Inspiration.
Flow Learning was developed by the Sharing Nature with Children Foundation.

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome
9:10 - 9:30 Awake Enthusiasm

Opening "Energerization Superconcious Living Exercises, Braindance, Music, Circle, Story and introducing days activities.

9:30 10:05 Focused Attention

Free activity time, puzzles, blocks, science activity, reading, or focused project groups

10:05 - 10:15 Clean up
10:15 - 11:05 Direct Experience of Daily themes

Art , science, gardening or cooking projects

11:10-11:20 Clean up, washing hands, and setting tables, daily responsiblities
11:20 Lunch Time/Story
12:00-12:30 p.m. Marching, singing, and/or outdoor play!
12:30 Shared Inspiration ie Puppet Show
12:30 -1:00p.m. Pre-kindergarten finishing projects & pre-reading/math activities
for the day!
1:00 Parent Pickup

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At the Living Wisdom School the teachers provide progress reports quarterly, daily and weekly email communication, newsletters,
home visits, open houses, parent/family events, family field trips, parent education workshops on Education for Life philosophy, annual childrens' art exhibit for community and families, and parent participation in many ways.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

At the beginning of our school year each child and his situation is taken individually. The developmental readiness of each child has to be considered first.

We work with the parents on how to transition the child easily. This may mean the parent needs to stay for a while. We work with each family to develop a transition plan for the child. This may include visits prior to start, first with parents and then without. The child might come for an hour. Depending on the child's needs, the parent may stay for part of the day. Pictures of the family are placed in the classroom and can be carried around by the child. We may call the parent during the day to allow the child to hear the parent's voice. We can also offer extra staff when needed in our classroom. If for any reason the child slips back into having difficulity after having successfully intergrated, the teachers with the parent, work as a team to help determine how best to help the child transition back into the classroom.