What does free choice time look like for our 3-5’s class?

If you are new to a cooperative preschool, you may not know the daily curriculum. While we do circle time, outside play time and snack or lunch, our 3-5’s class has a large and exciting “free choice” activity that the kids love. This is really the part where the kids can explore, play and learn. The class is divided up into sections, and each section has a specific area of focus. There is always the home area with cooking, building, dress up and grocery shopping available. Another is the library with books and a cozy couch. However, the real fun are the activities Teacher Erin sets up.

Today we had in the art section, a place for the children to tell a story to the adult who writes it down. We had inspiration of animal toys set up for them to touch and see and hold. Then, after the story has been written down, the child can draw and illustrate their story. It’s a favorite area for sure. As a co-op parent, I love getting these stories back and hearing about the tales my child comes up with.

broadview coop preschool 3-5's free choice play time

The blocks area is often busy, with creative imaginations building and sorting and cooperating amongst themselves. Sometimes they have a plan, sometimes it’s just building. Here they built a very sturdy police department building, and a tower.

broadview coop preschool 3-5's free choice play time

In the science area, we were planting seeds in cups. I think they are flower seeds, and we have wonderful windows with lots of light we set them up high so the kids can watch their plants grow.

broadview coop preschool 3-5's free choice play time

In the math area the children are counting and sorting beans and seeds and gluing them to paper. They can make art, or sort and count, or both.

broadview coop preschool 3-5's free choice play time

Today in our gross motor activity area we had roller skates! It is a big activity and the kids have to take turns. You can see the waitlist where the older children have written down their own names. When one student is done skating, the next name on the wait list is called.

broadview coop preschool 3-5's free choice play time

And last, this very fun and tactile table is set up with a pink slime Teacher Erin made. The kids are having great fun touching it and watching it ooze, hang and stretch.

broadview coop preschool 3-5's free choice play time

Our teachers work very hard to set up activities that children of all abilities will want to participate in, play with and learn from. We hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about what happens at cooperative preschool!

Broadview Co-Op Pre3’s visit Swanson’s Nursery

Teacher Charlotte led her Pre 3 class to our local garden center Swanson’s Nursery.

broadview co op preschool at swanson's nursery

Each year, Swanson’s celebrates the holidays with long time friends Blitzen and Dasher, as well as Curly the camel. They also have a winter village on display with model trains and fun details (is that Godzilla on the Christmas train or a T-Rex?) that have our children giggling with delight.

broadview co op preschool at swanson's nursery

broadview co op preschool at swanson's nursery

Our class was very lucky to get a tour of the nursery. The children got to use all their senses exploring the wonderful scents and exciting textures of winter in Seattle.

broadview co op preschool at swanson's nursery

Thank you to Swanson’s for a fun adventure! We can’t wait to see you again next year. Happy Holidays from Broadview Co-Op!

broadview co op preschool at swanson's nursery

Spiders! A science exploration with Julie Tubbs Luthy at Carkeek Park

Broadview Co-Op offers many great things for children ages 1 to 5 years (not even mentioning the parent support, education, and social networking.) We offer a community but also experiential play based education, excellent child and parent support, age appropriate curriculum, outdoor gross motor activities as well as intricate activities to activate the imagination.

Julie Tubbs Luthy naturalist broadview coop seattle

This fall Teacher Erin gave the 3-5’s class an adventure in natural science with a walking tour of Seattle’s Carkeek Park led by naturalist Julie Tubbs Luthy.

Julie Tubbs Luthy naturalist broadview coop seattle

Julie has spent over 25 years educating children of all ages about the natural world, holding a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Science Education. Her enthusiasm for nature is contagious as you can see from the photos of our class, the children (and grownups) adored learning with Julie.

Julie Tubbs Luthy naturalist broadview coop seattle

Julie was amazing at keeping the spider information both technical and age appropriate, while also keeping these little people engaged and active. It was a fun day, and we all became spider experts by the end of class.

Julie Tubbs Luthy naturalist broadview coop seattle

Julie Tubbs Luthy naturalist broadview coop seattle

The parents and families really make our cooperative preschool special, and when our teachers bring in experts in their field, we have nothing but fun together. Play based learning is exactly what you will find in our school.

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Thank you again naturalist Julie and Teacher Erin for being such great leaders!

Julie Tubbs Luthy naturalist broadview coop seattle