Bellevue Overlake Cooperative Preschool provides an exceptional experience and play-based education for 3 and 4-year-olds with inspiration drawing from the Reggio-Emilia educational philosophy. At our school, we cultivate a child’s academic, social and emotional growth in a supportive community with a beautiful environment filled with natural materials . Our multi-sensory and hands-on curriculum is developed through emergent themes that inspire the students' natural desire to explore, creating opportunities to expand on their developmental interests, and laying a foundation for lifelong enjoyment of learning.
Benefits of our cooperative preschool Parent participation makes you an important part of your child's early education and creates a felt sense of safety for your child as they are introduced to the world of early education.
Our Parent Educators facilitate discussions once a month on helpful topics about life with a preschooler.
Classroom training for parents is offered by experienced instructors, allowing you to feel confident assisting the teacher.
Our Parent Educators and Children's teacher provide virtual guidance on how to effectively home school your preschooler while we are apart due to Covid.
Additional virtual support from our Parent Educators in groups and on an individual basis.
Learning through play
When school meets in person this is a typical day. We will start the school year meeting remotely due to Covid-19.
Our STREAM and play-based curriculum helps prepare your children for Kindergarten through:
Art exploration: play-dough to roll, easels for painting, crayons for learning to write, rubber stamps, nature-inspired materials, and process art invitations
Craft projects: bi-monthly projects tied into the curriculum themes
Sensory activities: tubs of water, or rice, or sand, or beans to scoop, pour, stir, and run fingers through
Large motor skills: mats for tumbling, tunnels to crawl through, climbers and slides, balls to throw, trikes to ride, and tree stumps to climb
Small motor skills: blocks to stack, puzzles to assemble, shape sorters to solve, beads to thread
Imaginary play: dress up area for trying on new roles, dolls to care for, kitchen for “cooking”
Science experiences: seeds to plant, tadpoles to watch, items from nature to explore, and snacks to cook
Snack time: a place to practice social skills and table manners and to discover new foods, and an opportunity to practice staying seated. This year snacks will be brought to school for each child for themselves and no sharing will be allowed.
Our Educators create rich experiential learning opportunities utilizing emergent curriculum and a child-centered, play-based program.
A typical school day
We will start the school year meeting remotely, due to COVID-19, with virtual classes. Our schedule will begin with a mixed-age virtual class, with both Caterpillars and Butterflies together. As we are able to open, we will first initiate a hybrid virtual and outside, in-person phase followed by a completely in-person phase, outlined below.
First day of virtual school - September 14 First day of in-person, outdoor school - When we are able to later in the fall
Initial Fall Schedule: Virtual Class - Phase I Monday
9-9:30 am - All students big group virtual circle time
9:45-10:15 am - Small Group Parent Ed
9-9:30 am - Pod 1 Small Group Children's Class
9:45-10:15 am - Pod 2 Small Group Children's Class
10:30-11 am - Pod 3 Small Group Children's Class
11:15-11:45 am - Pod 4 Small Group Children's Class
9-9:30 am - Pre-K (Optional for Butterflies)
6-6:30 pm - Pajama Party Quarterly (Optional)
Through the Week
Asynchronous Learning - Up to 90 minutes of activities to do with your child on your own schedule, provided by our teachers
Second Tuesday of the month
7-9 pm - Parent Education Meeting
Opening Phases through the year: Hybrid Class - Phase 2(to be added when we are able to meet) Monday's Virtual Class as above plus: Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 am - In-person, outdoor learning Pod 1
10:15 am - 11:15 am - In-person, outdoor learning Pod 2
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - In-person, outdoor learning Pod 3
Meeting In-Person, Small Pods- Phase 3 Monday & Tuesday
9:30 am - 12:00 pm - In-person, indoor & outdoor learning, Pods 1 & 2 (no more than 10 students)
All in-person learning (once we are able to meet) will require all children, teachers, and care-givers to wear masks at all time, practice good hygiene by washing or sanitizing hands upon arrival and frequently otherwise, and taking a daily temperature to ensure no fevers, or asked to stay home until nobody in their household has had a fever for 72 hours.
Schedule subject to change based on Covid related recommendations by the state and Bellevue College.
For outdoor learning, families are expected to dress their children in a way to keep them warm for the weather, including rain boots, rain or snow suits, jackets, pants, long underwear or warm layers, hats, mittens, and wool socks, especially as we enter the wet season this fall and winter. More information and recommendations to those who might need a little extra guidance are on our FAQS page.
We follow the Bellevue School District school calendar in observance of school holidays, but not conference days, beginning the second week of September and ending the week before Memorial Day each spring.
For the safety of our students, drop-in visits are strongly discouraged under normal times. For the time being we cannot offer drop-in visits. To schedule a socially-distanced tour with our Registrar once we are able to (not yet!) please contact us here. Thank you for understanding. We will be offering virtual open houses and sample classes. Details will be posted soon. For more details, please contact our Registrar.
Open House/Sample Class Curious about what we are offering, but not ready to sign up? Come join us for a sample virtual class on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:30 am. Experience a children's class with Maura for 30 minutes followed by time with our Parent Education instructors to ask questions and learn more about our school. Register today to reserve your spot here.