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New 5’s Program in Fremont

By Sean Keeley · January 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Last spring, Woodland Park Community Preschool relocated to Fremont. Now, Woodland Park is happy to announce its new 5’s program, the latest addition to its cooperative community of schools. Classes will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

They are currently enrolling students who will be five years old on or before December 31, 2012.

This program is ideal for students who are:

– taking a transitional year before starting kindergarten
– enrolled in half-day morning kindergarten
– turning five by December 31 and ready to start Pre-K

The Woodland Park 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.

“Teacher Tom” Hobson has been Woodland Park’s teacher since 2002. He thinks of the school as a community in which families choose to raise their children together. Just as earlier generations learned everything they needed to know from their neighbors and neighborhood, Teacher Tom strives to create a classroom in which children are stimulated to explore the world beyond their own homes in partnership with the adults who love them.

It’s a cooperative school, which means it is owned and operated by the families of its students. These parents take on essential roles both inside and outside the classroom, serving both as assistant teachers as well as fulfilling every role in the school from executive to janitorial, with the teachers being the sole paid employees. The powerful dynamic of parents working shoulder-to-shoulder with the teacher helps insure a unique and vibrant learning experience for each child.

For more details and enrollment information, visit their website.

The Pre-3’s and 3-5’s classes, which are part of a network of independent cooperative preschools run through North Seattle Community College, are also enrolling new students for the 2012-13 school year. Visit here for registration information.

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