Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.
— A.A. Milne

Our preschool program runs Monday through Thursday from 9am-1pm with an optional Computer Science & Robotics lab on Friday.

Weekly Schedule

Core Subjects

  • Monday: Social-Emotional

  • Tuesday: Math

  • Wednesday: Science

  • Thursday: Literacy with Guest Teacher Ashley

  • Friday (optional): Computer Science & Robotics

Enrichment

Art, Music and Movement are integral parts of our program and will be embedded in lessons and activities throughout the week. In addition, there will be the following enrichment schedule:

  • Monday: Music with Guest Teacher Marty

  • Tuesday: Library at the Northeast Branch

  • Wednesday: Yoga & Movement with Guest Teacher Nadine

  • Thursday: Art

  • Friday (optional): Computer Science & Robotics

Daily Schedule

9:00 - 9:10 Arrive and Settle In

9:00 - 9:15 Choice Stations

9:15 - 9:40 Morning Gathering

9:40 - 10:25 Core Subject Lesson (rotation of Social-Emtional, Math, Literacy, Science)

10:25 - 10:45 Snack and Choice Stations

10:45 - 11:30 Enrichment Lesson (rotation of Music, Library, Movement, Art)

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch and Choice Stations

12:00 - 12:45 Outdoor Exploration and Gardening

12:45 - 1:00 Goodbye Gathering

The day fluctuates between unstructured, student choice time (choice stations, outdoor exploration) and group lessons/activities (gatherings, core lessons, enrichment). There will always be options for students who choose not to participate in a given activity as well as options within each lesson. 

“Choice stations” is when children choose the activities that they would like to do. In the beginning of the year, these activities will be limited to: family/story board, tactile art activity, building activity with optional task cards and reading nook. As the year progresses, choices will expand to include geography, math, writing, sensorial, practical life, imaginary play and science. Some options, like the reading nook and family/story board will be available all year, but most will rotate each week. Children are encouraged to choose activities from different areas to broaden their experience. They may work independently or with other children.

“Circle gathering” is a time to practice social skills with a greeting (shake hands, high-fives, etc.), play name learning games, sing a song or read a book that relates to a monthly theme and talk briefly about the day ahead. It will follow the same structure each day: greeting, group activity, discuss the day.

“Core subject lessons” generally follow the outline: “mini-lesson” (5-10 minutes of instruction with students seated on the rug), modeling/examples (students may help act out) and work time. The lesson will mainly teach how to use new materials and share the “learning goal” of the lesson. Students will construct their own learning as they play, imagine, create, interact and explore the materials.

Example literacy lesson: During our September mixed-media collage unit in art, we plan on doing a related literacy unit about characteristics (similarity, difference, diversity) and peer discourse. These units will span the entire month (one lesson per week). The first literacy lesson will start with a mini-lesson about facial features (chin, eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, etc.) and characteristics (color, texture, spacing, etc.). Teachers will model how to use a hand mirror to identify personal features/characteristics and give students time to do this on their own— to map out their own image. During the next literacy lesson, we will teach about similarity/difference and model how to discuss with a partner and identify characteristics of their partner. This blended learning (art/literacy) will enrich and enhance students’ experience in both subjects. 

The structure of “enrichment” will vary depending on the subject and teacher. Music will be taught by Mr. Marty and will include instrument exploration, singing songs and dancing while Mr. Marty plays the guitar. On Tuesdays, we will go to the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library for preschool story time. Weekly yoga will be instructed by Ms. Nadine and will include animal poses, balance work, meditation and building physical-mental connection. Ms. Ashley used to be an art teacher and will instruct some of these units.

“Outside exploration and gardening” will include garden tours and scavenger hunts, science, art, walks to the park and exploration time.

During “Goodbye Gathering” we may sing a song or read a book related to a monthly theme or share about the day. This will also be the time for birthday celebrations.