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Wapato Co Op Preschool

5236 East B St.
Tacoma, WA 98408

Phone:
(253) 620-4329

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Play is a child's opportunity to learn. At Wapato Cooperative Preschool,children play, have fun and discover the world around them in a safe and stimulating environment.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

From the Director:

What you will observe in the classroom at Wapato is that children are encouraged to express themselves creatively through play, art, music, and language mediums. Children are exposed, through play, to the rudimentary elements necessary to build a firm foundation for math, science, reading, and writing. Development of social skills is inherent in the program since the children spend time daily interacting with each other, the teacher, and teacher's assistants (working parents). As children play and learn,they are also guided in ways that show respect for the needs of others in the classroom. The teacher and teacher's assistants (working parents) promote learning by asking questions that encourage children to think, inquire, discuss and reflect. The teacher is responsible for developing and maintaining a stimulating, challenging environment. Co-Op parents are special because they are involved in their children's education! Co-Op parents help to own and operate the school. Active parent involvement is the way we keep our tuition low for a quality preschool.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

THE GOALS OF OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM -To help children become enthusiastic learners. -To encourage children to be active and creative explorers. -To help children become independent. -To encourage the Love of Self-and the Love of Others.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teacher and teacher's assistants (working parents) promote learning by asking questions that encourage children to think, inquire, discuss and reflect. The teacher is responsible for developing and maintaining a stimulating, challenging environment.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Wapato we believe children learn best through play. A core part of every preschool day is allotted to free play where children's learning and development is prompted through their own motivation and curiosity, use of their senses, free exploration, and cooperative social play with others.

A Typical Day

Wapato has three classes, ranging from ages 2-5.

Yellow Class 2-3 year old, Wednesdays 930-1115am

Red Class 3-4 year old, Tues & Thurs 930-1130am

Blue Class 4-5 year old, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1215-230pm

SCHEDULE YELLOW CLASS
930- Free Play
1015-Clean Up
1020-Circle (story,music)
1030-Wash Hands/Snack Time
1045-large Muscle
1115-Dismissal

SCHEDULE RED CLASS
930-Opening Circle (greet, story, plan)
945- Free Play
1035-Clean Up
1040-Wash Hands/Snack Time
1100-Large Muscle
1115-Circle (music, game, goodbye)
1130-Dismissal

SCHEDULE BLUE CLASS
1215-Opening Circle (Wednesdays-Lunch)
1235-Free play
120-Clean Up
125-Circle (music, review, story)
145-Wash Hands/Snack Time
200-Large Muscle
220-Sharing
230-Dismissal