Seabold is a small mixed-age program for 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. 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 an emergent curriculum which means that what comes from the children is the curriculum and involves the whole child; the social, emotional, cognitive and physical realms of development and learning.
The enviroment includes a large, natural playground, a woods path, a garden area, and three aesthetically comfortable classrooms which offer the following:
Room 1 and 2 are used as the church nursery, containing some Bible story books among others, toys, and puzzles and is decorated with a beautiful Noah’s Ark mural by local artist Jan Herren. It is toddler friendly so is full of fun and playful hands-on toys which include shape sorters, pull toys, vehicles, manipulatives, a sensory table and a train table. It also serves as an area for art, messy projects, snack time and the whole school group lunch.
Room 3 is the largest gross motor area and offers opportunities for hands-on manipulative and creative and imaginative play. It is constantly being re-imagined to reflect the changing needs of the children, becoming a dinosaur filled Jurrassic Park, a house full of babies, or a kitchen and shopping area. It is the place where group is held every morning to sing songs, play games, and do the calendar and weather.
Room 4 at the end of the hall is the small and quiet room set up with the Montessori language, math, science,and geography materials. These works are offered for children to choose when they are curious, interested and developmentally ready for them. The room rotates materials frequently based on the particular needs of the children, utilizing the wealth of Montessori didactic materials housed in the storage room.
Holidays are introduced as fun, multi-cultural celebrations throughout the year and themed works/activities are incorporated throughout the environment.
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 they 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.
Seabold offers a 4 or 5 consecutive day program either Monday- Friday or Tuesday-Friday from 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM. It is open from September to June. We close for 1 week in November and 2 weeks in December, and Memorial Day.
The daily schedule is as follows:
8:45 - 9:30 Arrival and Outside Play (Rain or shine! Children need the fresh air and exercise!)
9:30 - 9:45 Group Time (All enjoy songs, games, finger plays, calendar and presentations.)
9:45 - 11:15 Free Choice (Children are guided as the move throughout Rooms 1-4.)
11:15 - 11:30 Story Time (This is a settling time of story reading, telling or books on tape.)
11:30-12:00 Bag Lunch (All children share a social lunch together.)
12:00 -12:45 Outside Play and Departure (More time outside for gross motor fun!)
Drop-offs/Pick-ups - Drop offs are from 8:45 - 9 a.m. at the gate. Please wait until a teacher is there to greet and open the gate. Place your child’s lunch/backpack on the rolling rack, give a quick but confident “Goodbye!/ I love you/ Have fun/ I’ll be back after lunch!” and depart. Short and sweet transitions are always more effective and easier on both parent and child. They can sense if you are hesitant and unsure about dropping off, so try to do so with confidence and reassure them that they will be safe, well cared for and have fun! The staff can meet you at your car and transition them in and out if that is easier. Rest assured we will calm and distract your child if upset and they are so for more than 10 minutes you will be notified. The staff firmly believes that the children should be happy and comfortable here at all times!
Pick-ups are from 12:45 - 1:00 and are handled in the same manner. If a pressing issue needs to be addressed that will be communicated at the gate, otherwise the child will be the focus at both drop-offs and pick-ups. Adult communication should take place at a separate location and time. Please contact the school in case of an extenuating circumstance that causes you to be late. (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Please have back-up plans to help in these situations. All children must be picked up by 1 p.m. A $20 charge will be added to your next month’s tuition for each time your child is picked up after 1 p.m. without prior notification.
A non-refundable fee due by June 1 of $100 secures your child’s place and will be subtracted from the first month’s tuition fee. The monthly tuition for the four days (Tuesday-Friday) is $660. The five day program (Monday -Friday) is $800. Checks should be made payable to Seabold Preschool. Tuition is due by the first of the month September through May. Payments made after the 5th of the month must include a $20 late fee. The same tuition is due each month even though some months have more days. Full tuition is due, even though your child may have missed days due to illness or vacation. There are no extra fees, although donations of healthy snacks are appreciated.
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 that 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.
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.
For more information,
Barbi Jo Smith
Seabold Preschool 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, 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.
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.
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.