Woodland Park 4s
Schedule:

Monday 1:00 – 4:00pm
Tuesday 1:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday 1:00 – 4:00pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Our 4-5s Class

The Woodland Park 4-5’s program is best described as a progressive, play-based curriculum, one that starts from the premise that children learn best when given the opportunity to freely engage with the world around them, pursuing their own passions and curiosities in a community setting.

Children in this class are 4 and 5 years old, and turn 5 years old by December 31 st of the school year of enrollment.

The class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parent meetings are one evening per month.

Our outdoor classroom is designed for large motor exploration, in-depth dramatic play, investigating plants and living creatures, building, tinkering, and creating art. The outdoor space includes a garden, sand pit, water pump, and playground equipment as well as a workbench. Indoor play activities typically include art projects, a sensory table, games, and imaginative play.

Our teacher is Tom Hobson.

Last updated: November 6th, 2017, 12:15 am

Woodland Park 3s
Schedule:

Monday 9:30 – 12:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 – 12:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 – 12:00 pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Our 3s Class

The 3s program focuses on activities that foster creativity, sensory awareness, dramatic enactment of social roles, appreciation of books, small and large muscle skills and an awareness of the community.

Children in this class are 36 to 48 months. The child must be 36 months by August 31st of the current year to enter the class.

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Parent meetings are one evening per month.

In addition to the Pre-3’s activities, 3s includes age-appropriate art projects and constructions with wood, wire and foam, cooking and field trips.

Our teacher is Tom Hobson.

Last updated: November 6th, 2017, 09:14 pm

Wedgwood 3-5s
Schedule:

Tuesday 9:15 – 11:45 am
Wednesday 9:15 – 11:45 am
Thursday 9:15 – 11:45 am

Pre-K also meets: Monday 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: None

Wedgwood Coop 3-5s Class meets Tuesday – Thursday mornings for all students. The Monday Kids (those eligible for kindergarten the following year) also meet on Monday afternoons.

The program offers a rich, child-centered curriculum based on imaginative play, creativity, and experiential activities. Frequent guests allow us to focus on a topic of interest that each child would like to learn more about. Guests have included an artist, dentist, veterinarian, soccer coaches, tea party queen, firefighters, babies, scientists, bug collector, farmer, dancers, pilot, musicians, gardeners, chefs, bus driver, paleontologist, storyteller, marine biologist, train engineer, and carpenter. We make great memories and capture our children’s unique interests during their special weeks.

The focus in the classroom is on community; snack is done family style (children are encouraged to invite a friend to have snack with them), some areas of the classroom are “adult free” zones where children ask a friend for help if needed, and small groups are seen as families gathering for learning activities based on the interest of the children. Wedgwood has an indoor climbing room, giving children an outlet for stretching their minds and muscles and a new play space that provides two levels of play. The 3-5’s Class offers children a safe and exciting place to explore the world.

Our Teacher – Katie Matesky

We welcome Katie Matesky as our new teacher!
Katie has a wealth of training and experience with early childhood education, including a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. She has taught second grade, been a long-term kindergarten substitute, and an assistant preschool teacher. Additionally, Katie has attended at Wedgwood as a parent for a combined three years with her two children. Katie’s ability to effectively engage with the children is obvious, her calm demeanor is reassuring, and her past coop experience ensures that our cherished Wedgwood traditions continue.

3-5 Class Schedule

9:15-10:30 Activity Time and Clean Up
10:30-10:45 Opening Circle
10:45-11:00 Small Group
11:00-11:30 Outside Time
11:30-11:45 Sharing/Closing Circle

Time Commitments

  1. 3-5 Parents attend class with their children one day/week and act as assistant teachers
  2. Each parent has a job outside the classroom (For example: class chair, parent coordinator, equipment and repair, class photographer, substitute teacher)
  3. Two or three weekend cleanings of the school per year (takes approximately 3 hours)
  4. Monthly evening parent meeting includes class business and parent education

General 3-5 Class Information

  • Meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. (also Monday 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. for age 4 years by August 31
  • Age: 3 years by August 31
  • Cost 2016-17: Tuition $150/month ($190 for Monday kids) + North Seattle College Tuition $53.25/quarter
  • For more information, contact our Parent Coordinator

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:23 pm

Wallingford 4-5s PM
Schedule:

Monday 12:30 – 3:30pm
Tuesday 12:30 – 3:30pm
Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30pm
Thursday 12:30 – 3:30pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Preschool meets from 12:30 – 3:30PM on Monday thru Thursday. Children must be 4 – 5 years old by August 31 of that year to participate.

Our Teacher – Kris Dickenson

Kris has been at Wallingford since the fall of 2005 and has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Kris uses her strong knowledge of child development and how young children learn to establish curriculum in both the Pre3s and the PM 4-5s groups. She believes that children learn by doing, through play and interaction with materials and the social world around. Kris is a certified Positive Discipline trainer. She and her husband live in the Maple Leaf area and have two boys – one at Roosevelt High School and the other at Washington State University.

The schedule of the day:

  • 12:30 – 12:35 Arrival
  • 12:40 – 12:55 Meeting
  • 12:55 – 2:00 Free Play
  • 2:00 – 2:05 Pick Up
  • 2:10 – 2:20 Small Group
  • 2:20 – 2:35 Snack
  • 2:35 – 3:00 Outside or Rainy Day Room
  • <5 minute transition for hand wash and inside>
  • 3:05 – 3:30 Music-Movement Circle and Story

Kris believes that children learn in their own way and time, and that their social- emotional life is interconnected with their cognitive development. Academic foundations are set in developmentally appropriate ways and concepts are offered in multiple ways and over time with the use of open-ended as well as discussion and facilitated experiences. These experiences meet them where they are and challenge them to become engaged, grow and experience learning with joy. Some examples of the curriculum include: literacy studies of Leo Lionni and world folktales, Kid of the Day program, weekly math/literacy called “Question of the Day,” a Family Study, a highly developed art program, and a large block area to support math and problem-solving skills. Studies often begin with questions of “what we know and what we want to find out” and end with “what we discovered” through class books, art exhibits or other visual materials. Field trips support experiential, constructive, hands on learning.

Social studies—who we are and how we are connected—is an overarching theme integrated into the curriculum supported by daily meeting where the class meets to talk, listen, exchange ideas and learn about one another and our larger community. This gives children voice in a safe, trusted environment supporting social emotional understanding and problem solving skills. Because 4-5s year olds are moving away from adults and increasingly turning to peers, the 4-5s program has a strong focus on social-emotional skill building, such as learning how to enter play with others, communicate needs with peers, what it means to be a friend and how to be member of the group. Classroom jobs help to support cooperation, listening, responsibility and independence. Kris uses her strong observational skills to find methods of responding to the needs of each class and individual children. Comprehensive spring parent teacher conferences help parents navigate the “kindergarten” search.

Parent Participation includes:

  • Working one morning each week in the classroom. The other three days are drop-off.
  • Attending one evening meeting a month for school business and parent education.
  • Holding a committee job, such as teacher assistant, photographer, scheduler, etc.
  • Weekend cleaning of the school as per the rotating schedule
  • Providing snack for the class as per the rotating schedule
  • Participating in fundraising activities
  • Paying monthly tuition and NSC quarterly tuition. Partial scholarships are available.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:22 pm

Wallingford 3-4s AM
Schedule:

Tuesday 9:00 – 11:30am
Thursday 9:00 – 11:30am
Friday 9:00 – 11:30am

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Preschool meets from 9:00 – 11:30AM on Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday. Children must be 3 years old by August 31 of that year to participate.

Our Teacher – Elise Knox

Elise thoroughly enjoyed participating in coop preschool as a parent for 13 years, the last 9 of which were spent at Wallingford. While her kids were ready to move on after wrapping up their coop years, Elise found that she was not! In the fall of 2016, it was exciting for her to transition into teaching, and she finds her many years of coop preschool experience to be an invaluable resource. She has taught the Two’s class at the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op and currently teaches the Parent/Infant class at PNPC. Elise studied psychology at Washington State University, and she is devoted to the pursuit of educational opportunities that enhance her proficiency both in and out of the classroom. Elise lives in the West Woodland neighborhood with her supportive husband, four lively children, and two well-meaning, though somewhat ill-mannered dogs. She is deeply involved at West Woodland Elementary where she runs the Enrichment Program. As time allows, she enjoys adventuring in the PNW, reading, supporting her kids in their many endeavors, and spending time with friends and family.

Teacher Elise believes in the coop preschool model because it supports families and allows children to learn through play in a safe and encouraging environment. When children learn through play, their learning is meaningful and relevant. For this reason, play is at the heart of the school day in the 3-4’s class. Children who are engaged in free play will naturally “bump into” one another and will learn much in the process. Children will develop and fine-tune social skills; grow in emotional awareness; become creative problem solvers; make progress in controlling impulses; persevere through disappointment and rejection; and gain practice in coping with strong feelings. Children will take creative, social, and physical risks; make mistakes; and try again in the context of a warm and supportive classroom community. In addition to carefully facilitating the children in their play, Elise is particularly fond of circle time, where she uses a wide range of songs, finger plays, puppets, felt board stories, children’s literature, and movement to capture the imaginations of the children and bring the class together as a community. Enticing art, science, sensory, and dramatic play areas are thoughtfully prepared, with the children’s development in mind. Teacher Elise’s warm, calm, and engaging demeanor puts the children at ease. The connection she forms with each child lets them know that they are each an important part of their classroom community.

The schedule of the day:

  • 9:00-9:10 Arrival (Teacher greets each child. Children put coats away and wash hands)
  • 9:10-9:15 Morning Meeting (Hello song, introduction to morning choice activities)
  • 9:15-10:20 Free Play (Children play in different areas)
  • 10:20-10:25 Pick-up, wash hands
  • 10:25-10:45 Snack
  • 10:45-11:10 Outdoor Play, wash hands
  • 11:15-11:30 Circle Time (Music, Movement, Story, Goodbye Song)

Parent Participation includes:

  • Working one morning each week in the classroom. The other two days are drop-off.
  • Attending one evening meeting a month for school business and parent education.
  • Holding a committee job, such as teacher assistant, photographer, scheduler, etc.
  • Weekend cleaning of the school as per the rotating schedule
  • Providing snack for the class as per the rotating schedule
  • Participating in fundraising activities
  • Paying monthly tuition and NSC quarterly tuition. Partial scholarships are available.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:20 pm

Victory Heights 4-5s
Schedule:

Monday 12:30 – 3:30pm
Tuesday 12:30 – 3:30pm
Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30pm
Friday 12:30 – 3:30pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

For children age 4 by August 31st

Meets: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 12:30pm to 3:30pm

12:30 – 1:00 Outdoor play
1:00 – 1:10 Transition
1:10 – 2:30 Circle Time
1:30 – 2:30 Free Choice
2:30 – 2:40 Clean Up
2:40 – 2:50 Small Groups
2:50 – 3:05 Snack Time
3:05 – 3:30 Music/Movement
3:30 Dismissal

The 4-5s curriculum prepares children for kindergarten. The children engage in many opportunities to improve their academic and social skills. During free time, students improve verbal skills through telling stories and learning letters. The classroom discovery station provides hands-on time for measuring and experimentation through various science, math, and cooking projects. Activities to develop social skills include working together in small groups, assisting with clean-up and having a classroom “job” each week.

Our program also includes a number of not so typical days. We have 1-2 field trips per a month along with a number of special class days during which we celebrate holidays or do a special activity.

Our Teacher – Suzie Barrows

Suzie Barrow received a Certificate of Early Childhood Education from North Seattle College and has been teaching preschool since 2001. Joining Victory Heights in 2006, she enthusiastically encourages creativity and exploration through play and a hands-on approach to learning.  Fundamentally, Suzie believes in making a connection to every child based on that child’s individual personality and temperament. A former co-op parent herself, Suzie has four children of her own.

Last updated: November 6th, 2017, 12:09 am

Victory Heights 3-4s
Schedule:

Monday 9:00 – 11:30am
Wednesday 9:00 – 11:30am
Friday 9:00 – 11:30am

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

For children age 3 by August 31st

Meets: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00am to 11:30am

  • Area Play
  • Clean Up
  • Transition Circle
  • Snack/Small Group
  • Outdoor Play
  • Transition
  • Music and Story Circle/Dismissal

Our Teacher – Marianne MarshallThe 3-4s preschool program provides many opportunities for creative and imaginative play. The children engage in open-ended art projects, lots of pretend play, block construction, sensory table play, story-telling and dramatization, concrete investigation of science and math concepts, and various types of manipulative activities. We encourage the children to share ideas, thoughts, and concerns in small and large groups. Those activities build confidence, self-esteem, and group cohesiveness. We provide a safe place where kids can learn about their world through play, while building lasting friendships.

Our teacher, Marianne Marshall has a B.A. in Child Development, an elementary school credential, and an early childhood development credential. Marianne first taught at the Center for Early Education in southern California for four years. She has over 34 years of teaching experience in cooperative preschools in Seattle, primarily at Victory Heights. Marianne also participated as a coop parent for five years. Marianne believes that children should learn through play, so that the learning is joyful and meaningful. The children practice social skills such as negotiation and problem solving, leading to the development of empathy and kindness. The emphasis in the play areas is on discovery and creativity.

Last updated: November 6th, 2017, 12:09 am

Vashon Maury 4-5 Pre-K
Schedule:

Tuesday 12:45 – 3:45pm
Wednesday 12:45 – 3:45pm
Thursday 12:45 – 3:45pm
Friday 12:45 – 3:45pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

With Teacher Molly Wilson and Parent Educator Melanie Salonen

Fee: $290/Month
Children should be 4 by Aug 31st

Curriculum in this class has been thoughtfully developed to give your child a strong foundation for their transition into kindergarten. Kindergarteners enrolled in morning Kindergarten are welcome to join this afternoon class!

Vashon Maury Co-operative Preschool admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. VMCP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Learn more at vmcp.org/4-5-pre-k-class

Published: November 19th, 2017, 05:54 am

Vashon Maury 3s
Schedule:

Wednesday 9 – 11:30am
Thursday 9 – 11:30am
Friday 9 – 11:30am

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

With Teacher Molly Wilson and Parent Educator Melanie Salonen

Wed – Fri: 9:00-11:30 am
Fee: $180/Month
Children should be 3 by Aug 31st

With increasing independence, this class introduces an age-appropriate curriculum to begin pre-reading, writing & math skills.

Learn more at vmcp.org/3-4-class

Published: November 19th, 2017, 05:40 am

University-Ravenna 3-5s
Schedule:

Monday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday 11:30am – 2:00pm
Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00pm
Thursday 9:00 – 12:00pm

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: Short

The 3-5s class is for children who will be between the ages of 3 and 5 by August 31st. The class meets four times weekly, three morning sessions and one afternoon. Parents attend one session a week with their child, supervising a learning area and assisting the teacher.

Teacher Liz:

Teacher Liz was born and raised in NE Seattle and has been involved in the University Ravenna Cooperative Preschool with her own two children since 2008. She has many years of experience working with children both nationally and internationally and takes great joy in teaching. She believes that the formative years (from birth to age five) are critical and provide the foundation for children’s success in school and life. Because of this belief, her teaching is centered around a play-based curriculum that fosters creativity and strongly focuses on social and emotional intelligence. Liz is fluent in Spanish and works together with Teacher Christi (Pre-3’s) to introduce and build Spanish language concepts and phrases to the classroom.

Profesora Liz nació y creció en NE Seattle y ha participado en la University Ravenna Cooperative Preschool con sus dos hijas desde el ano 2008. Tiene mucha experiencia trabajando con niños aquí en los EEUU y también en otros países y le gusta muchísima la enseñanza. Piensa que los anos formativos (desde el nacimiento hasta los cinco anos) son critícales y dan la fundación para el éxito de los niños en ambos la escuela y también en la vida. A causa de esa creyencia, su enseñanza esta enfocada en un programa de estudios basado en dejar que los niños jueguen (que ayuda en la creatividad) y un enfoque en la inteligencia social y emocional. Liz habla español y trabaja con Profesora Christi para introducir y enseñar conceptos y frases en español a los alumnos de la escuela.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:17 pm

Sandhurst 3-5s
Schedule:

Monday 9:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30pm

Pre-K also meets: Thursday 12:30 – 3:30pm

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: None

In your search for a preschool you may view many styles of early childhood education. Many programs, even cooperative ones, have a great deal of structured time. With each adult-led change of activity comes a corresponding transition for the child. Current research shows that children are busier and more scheduled than ever before. Yet research also points to a child’s need for uninterrupted time to imagine and explore.

Through imaginary play, children process information, acquire pre-literacy and pre-math skills, learn conflict resolution, and explore fears and doubts. The Sandhurst 3-5’s program enables children to practice making developmentally appropriate choices in an enriched environment.

Our Teacher

We are thrilled to have Allison Koehl leading our 3 to 5s class. She has 14 years of teaching experience all over the world with many age groups and subjects. She believes that students learn best in a warm and loving environment and her first priority is to give kids a lifelong love of learning. She supports a learning space based on teacher ideas that inspire kids to take curriculum and run and evolve with the theme in various and unexpected avenues. Allison is thrilled to be able to follow students down these winding paths to knowledge and a deep curiosity of the world around them. She hopes to inspire kindness and prepare them to be school ready.

Allison was born in Alabama and went to Vanderbilt University where she studied European History. She lived in France for 12 years as an adult and speaks French with her husband and son at home. She has recently moved to Seattle and has enjoyed getting to know the city and those wonderful tide pools! Allison comes to Sandhurst Co-op from NSC Northwest Pre-3’s program, where she attended with her son.

Class Details

Our 3 to 5s class meets Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30 and on Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30. Children who are 4 by August 31st attend for a fourth day, Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30. Three day tuition is $190 per month and our four day tuition is $215 per month.

We follow the Seattle Public Schools calendar.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:16 pm

Meadowbrook 3-5s
Schedule:

Monday 12:30 – 3:00pm
Tuesday 9:00 – 11:30am
Wednesday 9:00 – 11:30am
Thursday 9:00 – 11:30am

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: Short

Our School Day

Our school day emphasizes creative and imaginative play and includes a free-play time with children choosing activities in the art area, the manipulative toys and puzzle area, the blocks area, the home center, the sensory area, and the art area. Pre-reading and pre-math skills are introduced in the play, and we often work with the children during activities to scribe descriptions of their art and their own stories. We have a snack time focused on social interaction; opening and closing circle times with songs, activities and stories and a large muscle time. For large motor play, our school site offers a choice of an indoor space as well as an outdoor space. We have a large sandbox; a hill with stumps, plants and bark; a climbing toy; a ground level slide and a flat pavement area. We love to get the children outside to run, climb, play ball or dig in the sandbox.

We encourage social skills development and provide a safe and secure environment for children to develop friendships, explore expression of their feelings and practice problem solving skills. During the day children have the opportunity to take initiative through choice and practice co-operation in large and small groups.

Our Teacher – Christine Droker

Christine enjoyed 5 years with her two sons as a parent in the NSC coop system. She has Bachelors degrees from Western Washington University in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Child Development, and a Masters Degree from the University of Washington in Language, Literacy and Culture plus a Washington State Teaching Certificate with a primary endorsement in Elementary Education and has done substitute and music teaching in the past.

She believes that preschool is a time for children to learn about themselves and their environment, and that children do this learning best through play. She loves watching children explore and discover new things, so she provides many open-ended activities that allow children to grow and learn. She also believes that we should support and foster our children’s social-emotional growth, and that preschool is a safe environment for them to do this. She uses a lot of modeling, and asks parents to help model social skills as well.

Eligibility

To enroll in a three-to-fives class children should be age 3 by the 1st September of the new school year.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:15 pm