Woodland Park 2s
Schedule:

Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30am
Fridays 9:30 – 11:30am

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Our Pre-3’s Class

Our co-op provides a safe, loving environment for children to learn and grow. Parents are able to develop knowledge and understanding of children and to share in their group learning experience.

This class is for children 24 to 35 months. The child must be 24 months by August 31 of the current year to enter the class.

The class meets Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Parent meetings are one evening per month.

Our activities include free play with art projects, sensory exploration, blocks, manipulatives, books and dramatic play; snack; circle time with stories, finger plays and instruments; and large muscle play, outdoors or indoors.

Our teacher is Tom Hobson.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:04 pm

Wedgwood Pre-3s
Schedule:

Monday 9:30 – 11:30 am
Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

The Gift of Play Supports the Love of Learning
In Pre-3’s young children are afforded many opportunities to learn through playful exploration. Playful exploration accompanied by clear expectations and kind guidance from the teacher and parents promotes the development of social skills, emotional intelligence, scientific inquiry, literacy, physical capabilities (fine and large motor skills), mathematics, and a lifelong love of learning.

Our class is organized around weekly themes that emerge out of the children’s direct experience and/or interests. Themes may include the seasons, feelings, friendship, animals, transportation, the weather, plant growth, balance, etc.

The majority of the class time is free choice — children have the chance to choose from a variety of activities designed to spark curiosity and delight, inspire imaginary play, and foster creativity.

Our Teacher – Kari Larson

Kari Larson is an experienced coop teacher with 6 years experience teaching coop and 15 years teaching. Kari is a certified teacher in the state of Washington with a Master’s degree in Teaching. Kari has also held positions as a primary teacher for kindergarten through second grade. She wrote literacy curriculum for the multi-age primary team at Wildwood School and was a staff developer for the Lucy Calkin’s Reading and Writing Program at the Evergreen School in Washington State. Kari is passionate about children’s literature, always looking for ways children can be inspired by stories in imaginary play such as felt stories, movement and song. Kari has three children all of whom went through coop. What Kari most loves in coop is playing guitar and signing with the children in circle time as well as discovering the outdoors with the students in our natural play space everyday!

Pre-3 Class Schedule

9:30-10:00/11:30-12:00: Large motor play
10:00-10:15/12:00-12:15: Circle Time
10:15-10:30/12:15-12:30: Snack/ Lunch (In January we add a short parent led small group activity after snack time.)
10:30-11:25/12:30-1:25: Area Play
11:25-11:30/1:25-1:30: Closing Circle

Large motor play:

We have a wonderful enclosed yard to play in. Children have opportunities to run, climb stumps, throw balls, play in a large sand box, paint, dance with streamers, play with small parachutes, blow bubbles, and more!

When it is rainy, we play indoors. We have a variety of indoor large motor equipment for our use.

Area play:

  • The art center offers open-ended creative activities such as finger painting, print making, collage, drawing, and painting with watercolors.
  • The home center supports dramatic play by providing a play kitchen, a table with play dough, dress-up clothes, dolls, and props related to the weekly theme.
  • The sensory table offers a wide variety of materials to explore: water, sand, rice, flax seed, etc.
  • The building area is the place to create structures, roads, train tracks, farms, zoos, habitats, etc.
  • The library loft is a quiet cozy area with books related to the weekly theme, books by the author of the month, and hand puppets.
  • The climbing room provides a wide range of possibilities for big movement.
  • The writing skills table includes paper, crayons, markers, stickers, envelopes, and scissors.
  • The table toys area offers materials that challenge fine motor control such as puzzles, peg boards, rubber band boards, and small blocks.

Circle time:
Circle time includes singing, creative movement, listening to and participating in stories, and playing with rhythm and rhyme.

Parents in the Classroom

Parent participation is an important part of the Pre-3 program. Along with holding a class job, parents participate in class one day a week. During free choice time parents rotate through the centers helping children build vocabulary, problem solve, and learn to use materials. Parents bring snack approximately five times a year, and as the year progresses the parents at each snack table plan and lead small group activities. Together, children and parents have a rewarding, growth-filled and exciting experience.

Time Commitments

  • Pre-3 Parents attend class with their children one day/week and act as assistant teachers
  • Each parent has a job outside the classroom (For example: class chair, parent coordinator, equipment and repair, class photographer, substitute teacher)
  • Two weekend cleanings of the school per year (this takes approximately 3 hours

General Pre-3 Class Information

  • Meet Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & Friday 11:30am-1:30pm.
  • Age: 24 months by August 31
  • 2016-17: Tuition $90/month + North Seattle College Tuition $53.25/quarter

Last updated: November 6th, 2017, 09:11 pm

Wallingford Pre-3s
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

The Wallingford Pre-3 Class meets Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:15 – 11:15AM. Children in class must be 2 years old by August 31st of that year. We provide a caring, nurturing, and supportive environment for our children and families. And we do have lots of fun!

Our Teacher – Kerri Brown-Wooster

Kerri’s bubbly personality captures the imagination of parents and children alike and her calm and even presence keeps their interest. She adores music and art and uses puppets and other playful tools during circle time. And her reputation for running a smooth and engaging class precede her. Her belief in the importance for early childhood development guides her work as she creates opportunities for focused play in a safe, engaging and creative environment.

Kerri hails from Stourbridge in England. She graduated top of her class with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from University of Wolverhampton. There, she led a program using drama therapy and British sign language in the education of children with various disabilities. Since then, Kerri’s primary focus has been early childhood education with an emphasis on drama and creative play.

In Seattle, she was a children’s teacher at the Parent Child Center at Seattle Central College from 2013 to 2016. Her two boys attend John Rogers Elementary, where she is the PTA President. Building a community throughout north Seattle is very important to her and she anticipates that a big part of that community will be through Wallingford Co-op.

Children in this program are just beginning to separate from parents and become their own selves and the classroom focus is creating a trusting and caring environment for these young ones. Skill building includes having a schedule and managing transitions, using words instead of the body as a method of interaction, increasing the vocabulary to do so and allowing the time for children to practice the skills they are learning, whether with peers or simply washing their hands. Lots of hugs and songs are included with the joy of play.

Pre-3 Class Schedule:

  • 9:30-10:15 AM Free choice area play
  • 10:15-10:20 Pick-up
  • 10:20-10:40 Small Group and snack
  • 10:40-11:05 Outside play
  • 11:05-11:10 Pick up and get ready for Circle Time
  • 11:10-11:30 Circle Time and Goodbye song

Parent Responsibilities:

  • Working one morning each week in the classroom. The other day can be a 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 6th, 2017, 12:14 am

Victory Heights Pre-3s
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

For children age 2 by August 31st

Meets: Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am to 11:00am

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

Our Teacher – Marianne MarshallOur program is play-based and child directed. We believe that children learn and grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically when they play in an environment that is both stimulating and nurturing.  We provide the children with open-ended activities in the art area, block area, dramatic play area, table toy area, sensory table area, and discovery/science area. Children also participate in a music circle, outdoor play and snack time. There are parents working in all the play areas so that they can provide support and guidance when needed.

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, 12:11 am

Vashon Maury Pre-3s
Schedule:

Monday 9 – 11:30am
Tuesday 9 – 11:30am

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

With Teacher Molly Wilson and Parent Educator Elaine Webster

Fee: $130/Month
Children should be 2 by Aug 31st

This class nurtures your child as they move toward independence and the ability to attend school one day a week on their own.

Learn more at vmcp.org/2-3-class

Published: November 19th, 2017, 05:44 am

University-Ravenna Pre-3s
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: Short

The Pre 3s class is for children who will be two by August 31st. The class meets twice weekly. Parents attend one session a week with their child, supervising a learning area and assisting the teacher.

Teacher Christi:

Since 2008, Teacher Christi has taught at both University-Ravenna and Wallingford Pre-3’s. Starting in 2015, she will be teaching exclusively at University-Ravenna Pre-3’s. She uses her vast skill set to help kids develop creativity, social skills, emotional intelligence, scientific curiosity, literacy, imaginative play, fine and large motor skills, math concepts, Spanish and a lifelong love of learning.

Teacher Christi also owns Wedgwood Drama Studio, teaches drama at many local schools, and has 15 years experiences as a professional Actor and Arts Educator. Christi is a northeast Seattle mom of three children and a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 09:01 pm

Sandhurst Pre-3s
Schedule:

Wednesday 9:30 – 12:00pm
Friday 9:30 – 12:00pm

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: Medium

Pre-3s are children turning three during the school year (aged 24 to 35 months as of August 31). The children begin to learn more about cooperation in a group as they continue to enjoy circle time, table top activities, block area, sensory experiences, music and art.

Child-lead Transitions from one activity to next are emphasized. Parents attend one session per week with their child.

Our Teacher

Amy Kelsey, or Miss Amy as we call her, started her career as a pre-school teacher at Sandhurst Co-op in 2009 in our pre-3’s class. Starting in the fall of 2015, she took the helm of our Toddlers class as well. Prior to teaching, Amy was involved as a parent in the co-op system for seven years with her two daughters at Olympic Toddlers and University-Ravenna. She has also been a youth soccer coach here in NE Seattle.

Amy believes her primary role as a teacher is to provide a comfortable and creative environment where both children and parents can learn and grow as they separate in a school setting for the first time. Children love learning and exploring under Amy’s guidance, and she loves each minute she spends in class.

Class Details

The Pre-3s class meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:30am to Noon. Tuition is $114 per month.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 08:59 pm

Meadowbrook Pre-3s
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Our School Day

Our day includes a free play time when children are able to move about freely choosing from a wide variety of experiences, a circle time with songs, finger-plays and stories, a snack time, an outdoor play time and a quick goodbye circle. Exploration and discovery and mastery of new materials are exciting for two’s and our class room offers lots of opportunities to do this.

The free play time is an opportunity to explore:

  1. An art area with many art materials and activities.
  2. An imaginative play area with play kitchen set-up and play-dough and dress-up outfits.
  3. A sensory table with regularly changing materials to explore.
  4. Block play area with large selection of blocks and materials to extend play.
  5. Skills area with small manipulative toys to explore and master.
  6. A library loft for quiet reading time.

Large-motor activity time includes getting outside as often as possible and letting the children run, climb the hillside and play along the paths, play ball or ride trikes on the flat paved area, or dig in the huge sandbox. We are enjoying our new play area and love how the children have used it imaginatively and creatively.

During the day, children have the opportunity to take initiative through choice, practice co-operation and learn social skills in large and small groups, and persevere through tasks in a supportive environment. It is a very supportive environment for beginning separation from your child and helping children learn independence skills and an opportunity for children to learn to love the idea of “school”.

Our Teacher – Karen Murphy

Teacher Karen has been a coop parent for the past 5 years with her own two children and she is excited to be joining the NSC coop teaching family. She has a BS in Kinesiology and past experience teaching preschool and working in an after school program for elementary students. She loves the joy she finds in observing the 2 year old child playing and exploring in the coop classroom and is looking forward to setting up the experiences in the classroom which enable children to develop their natural interests and abilities.

Karen lives with her husband, 2 daughters, and a cat in the Maple Leaf neighborhood and enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and searching for the best Mexican food in Seattle.

Eligibility

To enroll in the Pre-3s class, children should be at least age 2 by the time their preschool begins in September.

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 08:59 pm

Latona Pre-3s
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: Short

Our Schedule:

Our Pre-3 class meets from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday. Parents participate in the classroom as teacher’s aides on one day each week, and drop their child off on the other day. Our schedule for each class is as follows:

  • 9:00-9:45 Free Choice
  • 9:45-9:50 Clean Up (with music)
  • 9:50-10:05 Circle Time
  • 10:05-10:25 Snack/Small Groups
  • 10:25-10:50 Outdoor/Gross Motor Play
  • 10:50-11:00 Closing Circle/Farewell

Teacher Jeanne McGrady’s Biography and Teaching Philosophy

Teacher Jeanne McGrady has been involved in co op since 2006, both as a parent with her two kids and as a teacher. She believes in a play based curriculum, loves child led play and is passionate about community building – cooperative preschool could not be a more perfect fit! Jeanne provides a safe and caring environment for the children while keeping things fabulously fun through art, stories, songs, imaginative play, field trips, outside play and circle time.

Her classes consist of lots of free play for kids to explore and learn as well as fun circle times including lots of songs, games, movement and music. Her goal for the kids is to learn who they are, how to be a part of their community (whatever that is for them) and to begin to learning problem solving and conflict resolution skills. But mostly she wants the kids and parents to have fun learning and to create community for their kids to grow up in.

Jeanne comes back to Latona after a year off to take care of her family. She served as lead teacher for the Latona 3-5s for two years. Her time before that was spent at the Ingraham Pre3s Co Op teaching their Pre3s. She is currently teaching one day a week at the Phinney Co Op as the lead teacher for the parent infant and multi age classes. Her co op experience started with the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co Op (PNPC) with her two children, now 8 and 10. When her youngest child was in her last year in co op, she realized that she wasn’t ready to leave, so she started her Early Childhood Development studies in 2011 with the goal of becoming a preschool co op teacher.

She has been a Dragon Room Summer Programs teacher at the PNPC where she taught her Kids in the Kitchen summer camp to 4-6 year olds several summers. This camp started in 2009 and is a favorite among all the camps offered at the Dragon Room. Lastly, she has hosts a small playgroup of 10 kids between the ages of 1-5 since 2010 with the PNPC.​

Parent Involvement:

Cooperative preschool is about involvement. Not only do the parents play important roles as assistant teachers one day per week, they also run the school through Board and Committee positions. Parents attend a parent education meeting once a month that is facilitated by a trained Parent Educator. These meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss a variety of topics relevant to your child’s development. Through working at school and attending the meetings, parents get to know others in their community and form lasting friendships. We hope you consider joining our school!

Last updated: December 4th, 2017, 06:55 am

Crown Hill Explorers: Orcas
Schedule:

Monday 9:00am – 11:00am
Wednesday 11:15am – 1:15pm

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

The Orca class meets on Mondays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, and Wednesdays, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm. Wednesday’s class includes Lunch at noon.

Pre-3 classes have up to 20 children enrolled and their ages range from 24 to 36 months.

Our preschool is a fun place for you and your toddler to learn and grow. From painting to pretending, taking turns to tower building, each child will have the opportunity to explore many experiences as their minds make new connections about the world around them.

Parents attend one class a week with their child. Children attend both classes each week with the age-appropriate goal of separating from their parent. Board and parent education meetings are held one evening a month throughout the school year (children do not attend these meetings).

If you have questions about the school, would like to be placed on the wait list or apply for next year, please contact our Parent Coordinator.

Our class schedule:
9:00-9:25 Large Motor Play
9:25-9:40 Snack
9:40-10:45 Free Play
10:45-11:00 Circle Time

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 11:51 pm

Crown Hill Explorers: Bears
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Full
Waiting List: Short

The Bear class meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

Pre-3 classes have up to 20 children enrolled and their ages range from 24 to 36 months.

Our preschool is a fun place for you and your toddler to learn and grow. From painting to pretending, taking turns to tower building, each child will have the opportunity to explore many experiences as their minds make new connections about the world around them.

Parents attend one class a week with their child. Children attend both classes each week with the age-appropriate goal of separating from their parent. Board and parent education meetings are held one evening a month throughout the school year (children do not attend these meetings).

If you have questions about the school, would like to be placed on the wait list or apply for next year, please contact our Parent Coordinator.

Our class schedule:
9:00-9:25 Large Motor Play
9:25-9:40 Snack
9:40-10:45 Free Play
10:45-11:00 Circle Time

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 11:48 pm

Broadview Pre-3s
Schedule:

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

Age Groups:
Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

The Pre-3s Class is for children who will be at least two years of age by August 31st. Class takes place twice per week, with one drop-off day. This allows children to begin to develop autonomy, but still allows parents to be an important part of their children’s educational experience. Parents are expected to stay and work in the classroom one day per week and attend monthly parent meetings. All parents will also be responsible for holding a board position or participating in a committee and participating in fundraising activities. Parents will bring in an age-appropriate snack for the entire class on a rotating schedule.

Classes meet on Tuesday and Friday mornings from late September through May.

A typical class day’s schedule follows:

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Free play outside (weather permitting)
  • 10:00 -10:15 Circle time
  • 10:15 – 11:15 Choice time (Snack, motor, sensory, art, discovery, toys or reading)
  • 11:15 – 11:30 Circle time

Last updated: November 5th, 2017, 08:55 pm