Starting February 1st, public registration for the 2021-2022 Queen Anne Coop Preschool year is now open for all classes! If you would like to enroll, please head to the registration page here to secure your spot:
The schedule for the next school year is available in the Members section: https://queenannecoop.org/weekly-schedule-2021-2022/
Interested in joining our preschool? We are doing a Virtual Open House for prospective new families. Learn about the school, our different classes both virtual and in-person. QACP Teachers and Board members will be available to talk about the plans and schedule for the 2021-2022 school year and answer questions.
When? – Thursday, January 28th, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
How? – RSVP to email@example.com for participant details
The new School year has started! Thanks to all involved parents, teachers, board members, and of course our brave children who have to adapt to a situation of social distancing, we were able to launch the 2020/2021 QACP school year in difficult times. Most of our classes are virtual for now with our teachers Tamara, Kris, Monica and Nanci providing an exciting curriculum and personal get-together time. In addition our parent educators Jamie and Kristina are helping with much-needed support for the mental well-being of parents and caregivers.
We recently hosted our first outdoor playtime on the lawn in front of the school. Big shoutout to our teachers for organizing and making this a safe event with proper sanitization and social distancing in place. Our kids enjoyed seeing each other, baking cakes and decorating pumpkins for Halloween.
Note to parents: Although we started the school year, you are still welcome to join our classes, or just drop in for a try-out. Head to the classes page to learn about our different classes for children from infants to fives.
We are looking for a teacher for our Threes class, as well as our new enrichment class for 2019-2020.
- Click here for more details Teacher Job Description
- Teacher Job Information:
Schedule: Part time; days TBD
Daily Routine: Opening, Activity Centers (free play), Music, Sharing, Hand Wash/Snack, Large Motor, Closing
A little more “worldly-wise”, with greater vocabulary, and sense of self, this class offers fun ways for children to work together in groups through collaborative activities (building, imaginative play, etc.). With a two out of the three days drop-off, it’s an opportunity for children to learn to be even more independent and rely on trusted adults for assistance. Longer circle time, greater emphasis on story-telling, conversations, and following instructions are emphasized. Pre-academic skills, such as counting, spelling, using scissors, among others, are introduced.
The Enrichment Class:
Schedule: Fridays from 12:45-3:45 for existing students ages 3-5. This class is an optional add-on to the existing preschool students.
Daily Routine: The Enrichment Class is led by the teacher and focuses mainly on STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering and math). Students are led to explore their world through play and guided inquiry. During a typical class, children experience gross motor activities, music, stories, experiments, choice time and outdoor time.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of early childhood development.
- Experience with recognizing areas of developmental concerns.
- Ability to implement age-appropriate classroom management practices.
- Understand and use various ECE assessment techniques to guide curriculum planning.
- Excellent communication skills with both children and adults.
- Energetic, enthusiastic, and warm personality.
- Ability to identify and address issues with individual children or parents.
- Leadership and organizational skills.
- Ability to train and direct teaching assistants.
CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE:
- BA or AA in Early Childhood Education or related field strongly preferred.
- CPR and first aid certification required.
- Previous experience (as a teacher or parent) in a cooperative preschool environment preferred.
- Previous experience supervising others in a work environment preferred.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $ /hour Dependent On Experience
To apply please send a resume, teaching philosophy statement, two professional references (name/email/phone), and a sample week-long lesson plan (3-5 year olds) to QACP.ViceChair@gmail.com
Dr. Markham is the bestselling author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: which one of the eight best books on how to raise toddlers. And Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool welcomes you for a two hour conversation with Dr. Laura Markham where she will discuss “Helping Kids WANT to Cooperate Without Yelling, Threats, Bribes or Punishment”. Dr. Markham is trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, but she’s also a mom, so she understands kids — and parents! Dr. Laura Markham’s relationship-based parenting model, which she calls Peaceful Parenting, has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones.. And she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.
For the tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/qacp-event
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm at April 17, 2019
Location: Broadway Performance Hall – Seattle Central College, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
“Co-op education brings together the expertise of parents and teachers to create an educational and rewarding experience for both children and adults. As a parent educator, by offering information, child rearing and educational strategies, and by building community and confidence, I hope to contribute to the growth of this community,” was a message that QACP’s Parent Educator, Jamie Cho, PhD wrote for a QA Co-Op blog post during August 2018.
The following items from Jamie contain advice and early childhood development “gems” she forwarded to QACP’s Internal Communications committee during the school year. As our 2017-18 classes wind to a close, we encourage our members to check out the information and contact Jamie directly with any questions, concerns, and/or for more ParentEd recommendations!
LET’S BE A LISTENING COMMUNITY!
~Adapted from Bellevue Planning and Community Development Mediation Article~
Being present and listening to others allows for open and thoughtful dialogue.
It makes our community closer and fosters trust and reciprocity.
Let’s all unleash the power of listening and the benefits it provides to our community.
How do we improve our listening?
The first step is to learn to be present to another person, putting aside our agenda, opinion and story to allow another to speak fully.
The second step is to allow for silence in a conversation, for it is in witnessed silence that others are able to hear themselves “think out loud.”
The third step is to let another person know what you have heard them say, again, without voicing your opinion, by just letting their story be retold without your interpretation.
~To address emotion, we simply name it;
“You seem sad/mad/frustrated/_ about this,”
is often all we need to say.~
Our focused presence is what others need.
Good listening can make or break relationships and partnerships.
LET’S GIVE IT FREELY!
MORE PARENT-ED CONCEPTS & RESOURCES:
- “Mirror Talk” and “Why Read 20 minutes at Home?” are both handouts available from QACP Parent Educator, Jamie Cho, by just emailing Internal Communications.
- The Department of Early Learning (DEL), in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Thrive Washington, has published the Early Learning and Development Guidelines (PDF) for children from birth through third grade. Caregivers at QACP are encouraged to utilize this resource.
- “People First Language:” Jamie thought this was a great piece articulating the importance of people first language and said we should always remember that every individual has strengths and cannot be defined by their limitations.
- “Five Best Toys of All Time:” was sent out by one of Jamie’s teachers. She loved the article and felt compelled to pass it on to her co-ops and QACP’s InternalCom.
- “What’s the Difference Between Children’s Books in China and the US?” is an article highlighting cultural differences in the texts/lessons learned through children’s publicatrions. It’s a reminder to be cognizant of the messages we send to our kids about learning, perseverance, intelligence and happiness directly or indirectly.
- Jamie also felt this “chart” was a cute comparison (March 2018 Parents magazine):
Thank you: QACP Members, Auction Sponsors, and Generous Donors!
- At Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool we once again put the “fun” in fundraising with our annual silent and live auction.
- Each year the auction night is one of the highlights of our experience at QACP– and 2018 was no different.
- It was a chance to socialize with friends, bid on exciting items, and support our beloved school.
- Ensuring the school’s financial stability is a crucial part of our job as QACP members and we are all grateful for the roles that everyone played at this year’s fundraising auction!
All-School Announcements: Join the QACP Board!
Along with working with their children in class once a week, parents have the option to take on varied responsibilities, including serving on our preschool’s board (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Members with board leadership positions participate in monthly board meetings, and in addition to their independent job functions, act as member representatives to the governing body of our school.
All major decisions require a majority vote by the board, and board minutes are made available to every member (email@example.com).
Each co-op member, regardless of their job, are always invited to attend regular board meetings and also encouraged to inquire about vacancies on the current or upcoming year’s school board.
QACP is Hiring: 2018-19 Main Classroom Teacher Needed!
- Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool has served children and their families for many decades, making us an established cooperative preschool in Seattle, WA.
- We operate in conjunction with the Seattle Central College Parent Education Department to provide preschool classes for children 1-5 years old and to further the education of parents and caregivers in early childhood development principles.
- Our philosophy emphasizes socialization and play-based learning. Parents and teachers work together to enable young minds to grow in an enriching, fun, and educational environment.
- We are looking for someone who loves to bring learning alive for children through art, movement, music and more (https://queenannecoop.org/about-2/hiring/).
- Currently, we are seeking a part-time teacher for three to four days a week. Classes will start in September 2018 with the final schedule to be determined.
- Additional responsibilities include attending and reporting at board meetings, staff meetings, and class meetings (each held once per month).
- The right candidate for this position will have strong skills in directing and working with adults plus the enthusiasm and energy to lead preschoolers in engaging experiences; both in and out of the classroom.
- To apply, please send: a resume, teaching philosophy statement, two professional references (name/email/phone), and a sample week-long Pre-K lesson plan to QACP.ViceChair@gmail.com.
Save the Date: Farewell and Congratulations to Linda Capps!
Saturday, June 2nd from 1-3pm at Montlake Community Center (1618 E. Calhoun St. Seattle, WA 98112) is the big QACP retirement party for our very own Teacher Linda. MCC is centrally located in a quiet neighborhood on Portage Bay south of UW & 520 just west of the Washington Park Arboretum (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/montlake-community-center).
Linda Capps started at the Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool in 1986. She taught all of the classes for a number of years, but over the last ten years has served as our lead teacher while working with several co-teachers at QACP. Linda’s B.A. degree is from the University of Washington and is in education and English (https://queenannecoop.org/about-2/teachers/).
Teacher Linda discovered cooperative preschools in 1980 when her son was 2 years old, and then participated as a parent and board member over the next six years while her son and daughter attended a co-op affiliated with Shoreline Community College (http://www.shoreline.edu/). Linda’s childhood dream of teaching became an amazing journey filled with the opportunity to be a part of hundreds of young lives. Experiencing the vitality, wonder, and joy of so many QACP preschoolers has been a daily gift for her.
Watch class google group emails for more info and to confirm your attendance at this event via electronic invitation. Additionally, if you know individuals that remember Teacher Linda from her career at QACP and would like send congratulations and/or also attend this family-friendly, community celebration, please write our school’s Events Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their email address and contact information.
As a mother of two (2) two-year-olds, we are in the “thick of it” at our house. Add two big kids and a puppy, and we are talking about poop ALL THE TIME. Even though it is my New Year’s resolution to be more patient and remember to look at things from another point of view, I often forget. That is why it was such a gift to be able to work with someone else’s child in class today.
I was stationed in the Dramatic Play area my first day at co-op and I didn’t really have many customers. My little girl came over to do some shopping and have a baby tea party. And I think my little guy only came by one time. I had a few other sweet girls climbing to the top of the playhouse for a brief minute and that was it.
The excitement came further into the *open* play hour. One of the little girls was “downstairs” in the house and looked at me really funny. I knew she’d had an accident. What I didn’t know is that she was wearing her big girl underwear or how I was going to find what I would need to help her. I took her hand and told her it was OK. She followed me happily.
While asking where the clean supplies were, we discovered that she had a grown-up there that morning in class. This kiddo also had an adult there that was now disappointed in herself that she had forgotten to bring some extra clothes. With a little investigating though, we found some clean pants, socks, and underwear (pink monkeys!) in the closet. Disaster, drama, and disappointment averted. I handed the girl back to her grownup and went back to Dramatic Play.
Shortly after, another “perceptive parent” noticed that there was actually a little puddle in the playhouse. As I grabbed a towel and started cleaning, I had to steer a little boy away from the mess. The moment I took his hand though, I realized that he, too, had had a little accident. So the original sharp-eyed mama got to work cleaning the playhouse puddle and I took our sweet little guy to the bathroom.
Luckily, this guy was in a pull-up. I put him up on the QACP kiddo-bathroom changing table and got to work. I removed his shoes first and what big feet he had for a tiny tyke! Then I got to the pants and the dirty pull-up. He did such a good job following directions, doing exactly as I asked of him.
Once we had the new pull-up and his pants and shoes back on, we went over to the sink. We washed hands, blew his runny nose, and held hands on the way back to class. Teacher Linda was *in-tune* to the two situations and apologized that I had to change another child’s diaper. But it’s really no big deal. As I mentioned, we have a lot of poop at my house and it’s just part of the job.
I did exactly what I would hope another caregiver would do for my children in the same situation. What I didn’t realize was what a bond I was forging with those kiddos! As a new parent to the co-op class group, I am still learning some children’s names and hardly even recognize half of the adults at this stage in the class.
But, now I noticed a wonderful warmth from this boy and this girl for the rest of the day. Sweet smiles and a closeness that I truly hope continues. Thank you for letting me be a part of your group and for reminding me to take the time to help them, all of them. They are only little once!
This link is full of fun and easy potty training tips that I found for others to check out plus watch for a blog on encouraging fellow parents to not to be too frustrated with their little one’s potty training journey. This chapter in our parenting can drive even the most patient grownup to lose their cool about toileting situations. Stay tuned, QACP 🙂