Seabold is a small mixed-age preschool based on the belief that each child is a uniquely gifted individual that needs to be respected and valued for who they are and met where they are developmentally. We believe in keeping a 4:1 child to caregiver ratio that will allow us to closely follow each child and create an environment that meets their individual needs.
Our mission is to help children navigate their own personal voyage through early childhood.
The teachers are trained, experienced, continuously educated, and are consistently collaborating to offer the best quality care possible for the childre. They serve as nurturers, observers, role models, and social and educational guides. They are the preparers of the inviting environment that is rich with hands-on, experiential materials and activities which provide the children freedom of movement, freedom of choice and self-discovery. This allows them to pursue their individual interests and to grow and develop at their own pace.
Our environment includes a large, natural playground and 3 beautifully equipped rooms which offer the following:
Everyday Living develops social graces, care of self and environment, concentration and coordination.
Sensorial focuses on classification, discrimination, and fine tuning of the senses.
Science/Geography explores zoology, botany, astronomy, earth and physical sciences and geography.
Mathematics guides toward numeration, counting, decimal system work, addition, multiplication, subtraction, and understanding fractions.
Language involves whole language, phonics, reading, writing, grammar, and an introduction to Spanish.
Art allows for exploration of different art media and for project creation.
Music is incorporated throughout the day during group, to enhance lessons, and as a soothing background.
Holidays are introduced as multi-cultural celebrations throughout the year.
Imaginative and Creative Play is encouraged by offering a play kitchen area, train table, baby doll area, vehicles, playdoh, blocks and a variety of rotating manipulatives.
Movement is an integral part of our whole program. We begin and end each day outside engaged in gross motor activities such as digging, pedaling, swinging, sliding, climbing and running. Indoors we enjoy active group games, moving between works in all 3 rooms during free choice time, and provide safe and fun outlets for pulling, pushing, pounding, rocking and other such physical needs.
We run a mixed-age preschool program for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM.
We are open for 36 weeks from September to June. We close for 1 week in November and 2 weeks in December.
The daily schedule is as follows:
8:45 - 9:30 Arrival and Outside Play
9:30 - 11:15 Free Choice
11:15 - 11:30 Group Time
11:30 - 11:45 Bag Lunch
11:45 - 12:30 Outside Play and Departure
Tuition: 9 monthly payments of $660 ($11/hr.)
(There are no extra fees or parental requirements.)
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Barbi Jo Smith
Seabold Montessori Staff
Barbi-Jo Smith, Directress - Barbi-Jo began her teaching career the summer after earning BA Degree from St. Anselm College in NH. She was filling in as an Assistant at Bedford Montessori's summer program and was struck by the whole child engagement and joy she experienced in the classroom. She jumped right back into school and earned her Pre-Primary Montessori certification from Northeast Montessori Institute, ME. This led to a year-long internship and 4 more years teaching at The Children’s House of Nantucket, MA. A spontaneous move to Seattle landed her a Lead Teaching position at The Kinder Palace. 3 years later she forged out on her own and opened Sunshine Montessori in Lynwood which she ran for 9 years. After a 13 year hiatus to raise and homeschool her 3 children on Bainbridge Island, Barbi-Jo hopes to continue sharing her passion of positive preschool education through the opening of Seabold Preschool in 2016.
Renee Bowcutt, Teacher - Renee received her Pre-primary training through the Montessori Teacher College Northwest and her Assistant Training through Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest. She started as Barbi-Jo's Assistant at the Kinder Palace and was instrumental in the founding of Sunshine Montessori, assisting in its initial 2 years. Renee then moved to Battle Ground and opened My Time Montessori, which she ran until the arrival of her son. When he turned 3, she taught at Echo Preschool, where she was able to incorporate Montessori into their traditional program. 5 years later, she switched gears and became a Para Educator for the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA.
20 years later, the teachers came together again to lead the cheerful, consistent, and qualified staff of Seabold Preschool!
Jondra Stimson, Assistant Teacher - Jondra is also trained as a Montessori Assistant Teacher through MEIPN. She has 10+ years of experience with the Girl Scouts as a Troop Co-leader and as the Bainbridge Island GS Day Camp Director. Before joining us at Seabold, she worked part-time as a Childcare Provider for the MOPS and Mother's Morning Retreat groups.
Karen Kilbane, Substitute Teacher - Karen has a MEd degree and is a certified K-8 teachers. She brings a wealth of experience teaching all ages and abilities and currently runs exercise programs for children and adults with special needs.
Carryn Spencer, Assistant Teacher – Carryn joins us full-time after a short and sweet stint as our Substitute Teacher. Carryn comes with 5 years of experience as Lead Teacher at KinderCare Learning Center in Lacey and adds her positive, playful and youthful energy as well as her easygoing connection with the children to our program. She is a perfect complement to our Seabold Staff!