Seabold Preschool is a mixed-age program for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 (early admittance and kindergarten per approval of the Directress). It is based on the belief that each child is a uniquely gifted individual who needs to be respected and valued for who they are and met where they are developmentally. The child to adult ratio is kept at less than 5 to 1 to allow caregivers to closely follow each child and be able to create an environment that can meet their individual needs.
The caregivers are trained, experienced, continuously educated, and are consistently collaborating to offer the best quality care possible for the children. 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.
Seabold Preschool’s mission is to help children navigate their own personal voyage through early childhood.
Relationship with SUMC - Seabold Preschool is in a partner relationship with Seabold United Methodist Church. It serves as an outreach of the church and enables the church to fulfill its call to help others by offering quality preschool childcare in the community. It follow’s the church’s belief that all are entitled to God’s grace and protection and that we are to love and accept all. The program is designed to keep mindful of the words of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Seabold Preschool follows a three year curriculum. Activities, songs, and books from each unit are incorporated throughout the day and environment and involve the whole child; the social, emotional, cognitive and physical realms of development and learning.
Every year we will enjoy holiday fun, learn about loving and accepting all, and caring for our world. Each year we will also explore areas of study in geography and science with math, music, language, art, and games reflecting the current unit.
1st Year - This first year focuses on an introduction to the tangible world around us that young children experience daily. We will learn about locomotion, community helpers, the farm, colors, shapes, birds, and bugs!
2nd Year - The areas of paleontology, botany, biology, and physical sciences are explored in ways to capture the interests of children ages 3-5.
3rd Year - This year we move from learning about our own small island to the vastness of our Solar System!
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, balancing, climbing and running. Indoors the children play active group games, moving between works in all 3 rooms during free choice time, and are provided opportunities for meeting such physical needs as pulling, pushing, pounding, throwing, rocking, jumping, and balancing.
Peace Policy: Seabold Preschool prohibits aggressive language and play involving weapons of any kind. We ask parents to discuss their own family policy on weapons if the question arises, but to please make it clear that this kind of play is never allowed in school. Any combative games will be immediately stopped and children will be redirected so that all feel safe, valued, included and welcome. Parents are asked to reinforce this at home by avoiding good guy/bad guy games and the viewing of violent/aggressive TV shows and movies which are confusing and scary to children and are often acted out at school.
Seabold Preschool runs from September to June and offers a 4 or 5 consecutive day program either Monday - Friday or Tuesday - Friday from 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM. We close for 1 week in November, 2 weeks in December, and Memorial Day.
The daily schedule is as follows:
8:45 - 9:00 Arrival and Sign-In
9:00 - 9:45 Outside Play (Rain or shine! Children need the fresh air and exercise!)
9:45 - 10:10 Group Time (All enjoy songs, games, finger plays, calendar and presentations.)
10:10 - 11:20 Free Choice (Children are guided as they move throughout the environment.)
11:20 - 11:40 Story Time (This is a settling time of story reading, story telling, or listening to books on tape.)
11:40-12:00 Bag Lunch (All children share a social lunch together.)
12:00 -1:00 Outside Play and Departure (More time outside for gross motor fun!)
Tuition is paid in nine monthly payments (September - May)
Monday - Friday: $760 per month
Tuesday - Friday: $640 per month
Information on Guidance and Socialization, Parent Communication, Family-School Functions, Health and Safety, and Emergency Procedures (snow days, lock down, evacuation, injuries, power outages, illness, etc.) is available by contacting the school and asking for the Policies and Procedures document which can be emailed to you.
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Barbi Jo Smith
Seabold Preschool Staff
Barbi-Jo Smith, Directress - Barbi-Jo began her teaching career the summer after earning her BA in Criminal Justice 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 in Maine. This led to a year-long internship and then 4 years of teaching at The Children’s House of Nantucket, MA. A spontaneous move to Seattle landed her a Lead Teaching position at The Kinder Palace, a private, in-home Montessori Preschool. 3 years later she forged out on her own and opened Sunshine Montessori in Lynnwood, 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, Teacher - Jondra is also trained as a Montessori Assistant Teacher through MEIPN. She has 12 years of experience with the Girl Scouts as a Troop Co-leader and as the Bainbridge Island Girl Scout 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.
Carryn Spencer, Assistant Teacher - Carryn joined us full time after previously filling in 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 creative energy as well as her easygoing connection with the children to our program. She is a perfect complement to our Seabold staff.
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.