• email: [email protected] | (360) 209-3135 
    9536 Densmore Ave N, Seattle WA
    Located in North Seattle
  • email: [email protected] | (360) 209-3135 
    9536 Densmore Ave N, Seattle WA
    Located in North Seattle
  • Class Descriptions


    Learning to read is a very involved process. Here is a quick overview to give you an idea of all that is involved:

    • They need to learn their capital letters.
    • Master their lower case letters. Words are predominantly made up of lower case letters, but each sentence begins with a capital letter.
    • They need to learn their basic phonetics for all 26 letters.
    • Put their phonetics together to read simple words.
    • They will also need to learn many digraphs such as: sh, th, wh, ck, ph, ng. ai, ie, ei, oo, ow, oe, ey, ay, oy, oi.
    • E at the end of the word is not read but affects the vowel earlier and a multitude of other tricks and “rules”.
    • All along, we will also be learning sight words (the, was, to, said etc). Their knowledge of these previously listed skills/rules will cue them on what the sight word might be and how it does not fully follow the rules and that is why it is called a sight word. They will then understand that they just need to memorize how it is really said as compared what it should sound like.

    English is quite complex. Take for example: do and go … spelled the same, sound different… my and happy… y has two different sounds… etc..

    Our method is highly interactive and our books are entertaining. In Step 2, We integrate reading and phonics from the very beginning. Children feel a sense of pride and excitement when they take home weekly little books from our lending library to share with their family. We discuss each story as we read it and the children look forward to seeing their “friends” in subsequent books.
    We use arts/crafts as well as games involving fine and large motor skills to keep the kids actively involved and interested. The entire class and all the games are structured to build confidence. During gametime, it is always the instructor vs. the kids and the instructor somehow always loses?!

    Step 1 Reading

    We will begin with basic letter recognition of all 52 letters (26 upper and 26 lower case) in conjunction with an introduction to phonics.  The emphasis for Step 1 is letter recognition.

    Step 2 Reading

    We will begin with phonics in conjunction with reading. Parents must ensure that their children already recognize the 26 upper and 26 lower case letters before enrolling their little one for this class.

    Step 3 Reading

    Reading with Sight Words and Decoding Techniques (-ou, -ow, -aw, -ar, -or, -y, -oo, -o, plural vs possessive, etc) .  Must have completed a Step 2 and is subject to instructor approval.

    Step 4 Reading

    Reading with a lot more Sight Words and more Decoding Techniques.  Must have completed Step 3 and is subject to instructor approval.


    Math builds on itself every year. We make sure that children truly stand on a firm foundation in math from the beginning so that they never have to lose confidence in math nor struggle to fill in the gaps at a later date…

    We help them to understand that “math is not magic” but that it makes sense– there is a reason behind everything. We take the time to tackle common stumbling blocks and present concepts in a visual/tactile manner. We encourage the children to delve deeper so that they come out stronger!

    We want all our “kids with an edge” to always enjoy math! It is logical, it is useful and 2+2 is always 4 no matter who is teaching …

    You can see how effective a strong foundation in math is in helping children creatively solve problems far advanced for their years when you click on the videos of my Kindergarteners at the bottom of this page.  This is not reflective of what we will be studying in our Intro to Math class,  but just a demonstration of what kids can accomplish with a strong foundation.
    Here is a Seattle Times article on math and preschoolers.
    Unfortunately, our girls are subject to the stereotypes surrounding math from a very young age.  Just last week, I was so surprised when a little Kindergarten girl stated that boys are better at math than girls.  When I asked why she thought this, she said she had read it in a book!  Needless to say, her mom is now looking to eliminate that author from her daughter’s repertoire.
    But many boys also develop an “I am just not good at math,” outlook and that is just not fair to them.  Time and again, it is because their foundation each year has gotten weaker due to gaps in understanding carrying over from the previous years and eventually, they just feel  lost in math class – going through the motions to barely get by.
    A strong math foundation that grows year after a year is a truly priceless gift to our children.


    Intro to Math – Preschool/Kindergarten Math
    We use a lot of visual/tactile techniques so children really understand the concepts behind what they are learning. And the curriculum is very methodically presented so that children feel confident every step of the way!
    • Numbers
    • Counting
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Time
    • Fractions

    Step 1 Math – Intro to Numbers 

    Numbers and Counting from 1 to 20. Introduction to Beginning Addition.

    Step 2 Math – Intro to Arithmetic

    Basic Addition, Subtraction, Time and Fractions concepts.   We even work on ‘mental’ math so the children do not habitually depend on their fingers.  We will progress from using blocks to the number line and then to mental math so that children truly grasp the concept of numbers.

    First Grade Math
    We adhere to the common core standards for first grade math used by the Seattle public schools. This class is a perfect complement to school and provides excellent support for the school curriculum. In school, a teacher can have thirty students and may not find the time to address or even to recognize each child’s individual needs/stumbling blocks.
    Math builds on itself every year, so a strong foundation is one of the most valuable things we can ever gift to our children.  We work on building strong Numeracy skills and equip children with mental math skills so that they can efficiently and confidently approach problems without using their fingers.  We have a “no fingers” policy!
    We also work on other concepts such as telling time, money, beginning multiplication, fractions, etc.
    In our small group environment our goal is to build your child’s competency and confidence.


    A Strong Foundation Today… A Limitless Tomorrow

    A strong foundation enables a child to tackle problems well beyond their years.  Watch below as a Kindergartener applies her knowledge of the number line to solve integer math!

    Multiplication is just adding.  And it can be so much fun!  Kindergartener multiplies by adding.

    These math videos are not meant to be reflective of what we will be studying in our Intro to Math class,  but just a demonstration of what kids can accomplish with a strong foundation.

    A strong grasp of basic phonics is the foundation for reading.

    Please note that each child progresses at their own unique pace and in their own special way.  The important thing is to provide them with the tools they need to build a strong foundation and to give them the confidence they need to explore whatever it is their heart desires!


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