Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Woodland Park Kindergarten Enrolling Now!

I'm proud to announce that the Woodland Park Cooperative schools are now enrolling it's first class of kindergarteners for the 2015-2016 school year. For interested families, we've scheduled open houses for Sunday, January 25 and Saturday, February 14, both 1:30 - 3 p.m. You'll find us at the Fremont Baptist Church, 717 North 36th Street in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Please visit our website for enrollment details.

The last you heard about the kindergarten on these pages, we were searching for a teacher, and I think we found the perfect fit. Not only does Rachel Troutman have a background in early childhood, but she is a former Woodland Park cooperative parent, having sent her two daughters to our school. I've always had fun working with Rachel and I can't tell you how excited I am to be her colleague on a day-to-day basis.

Over a year ago, parents interested in continuing to provide their children with the sort of progressive, play-based education we provide here, got to work creating this new cooperative school. The goal is a child-lead kindergarten classroom that is a natural extension of our preschool program, a place where children can set about answering their own questions about the world in the context of a loving community of families. 

Particularly exciting for me is that the advent of this class will coincide with construction of our new state-of-the-art greenhouse and the introduction of our year-round urban gardening program, one that I expect to become a model for other urban schools around the country.

This is going to be an exciting year at Woodland Park. We'd love your family to be a part of it. Please help us spread the word!

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Unknown said...

This makes me want to move to Seattle as my son starts Junior Kindergarten in September!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on this exciting development in the work of your school! I think it is a great way to demonstrate how education systems can be built "brick by brick" as the Reggio schools began and growing organically from the seeds which have been sown. Well done!