Lakewood Cooperative Preschool
Age Groups:

Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 3:00 pm

Status: Enrollment starts Feb 11
Waiting List: None
Next Year Status: Enrolling

5005 South Ferdinand St.
Seattle, WA 98118

Age: Must be at least 3½ by July 31st and no older than 5 by August 31st. 


By the time a child reaches age three or so, they have begun to engage in cooperative play on a large scale for the first time.  With the support of loving parents and a head teacher, the dragonflies learn to negotiate conflicts that inevitably arise in their play, they learn to utilize the social skills they’ve been role playing in circle, and they learn to navigate the ever changing world of friendships.  In addition to learning important lessons in community living, they also have the freedom to develop their own sense of self.   Every day dragonflies are offered a myriad of different mediums to choose from.  They choose how to express their innermost self—whether it be through story dictation, constructing buildings, painting on the easels, clay sculpting, or dancing to music.  Academic areas such as reading and writing and science and mathematics are integrated deliberately into the every day activities.  Children thus receive the message that learning is always available in the here and now.  And it is useful and practical and it is something they are wired to do.  Dragonfly parent alums have testified that their children thrive in kindergarten because not only do they leave LCP with appropriate academic skills, they also leave with an emotional awareness and assertiveness that allows them to negotiate strong relationships with other children and adults.


Daily Class Schedule


We will meet at the beginning of each day to welcome children into the classroom. After singing and talking about the day’s activities, the teacher and assistant teachers will transition the children into free choice activities.


This is the most important part of the day! During this block of time, the children will choose among art and sensory activities, blocks, the water table, the dramatics center, puzzles and games, the library center, and much more. Many of these activities will relate to our present theme; some will be daily activities that are available throughout the year. Each child may choose to participate in several activities or concentrate on a particular center. The choice is up to the child.


We will meet for a few minutes each day to share news in the children’s lives. This time may also be spent acting out stories, reading, reciting finger plays and poems, and moving to music and rhythm.


After washing our hands, we will sit down to a snack that has been prepared by the children or snack parent. Snacks should be simple, nourishing finger foods (see SNACK SUGGESTIONS). Foods that relate to the season or our classroom themes are appreciated. All working parents are to sit down with the children at the tables where they can encourage the children to talk with one another and to help the children as needed.


After the children have cleaned up their snack area and put their place mats next to the sink, they will be dismissed to the big room for large motor activities, or instructed to put coats on for outdoor play at the park across the street.  Please send a coat or sweatshirt to school each day.


Parents are welcome to come into the classroom for a last song and good-bye to our classmates.

Last updated: February 16th, 2023, 11:15 am

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