Tara's Tots provides high-quality rain gear for all our students, so we can enjoy the outdoors the whole year long — spring’s hawthorn flowers, summer’s plums, autumn’s apples, and our Seattle winter’s wondrous mud puddles.

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AT TARA'S TOTS, we create a home away from home.  Each of our schools follows a carefully crafted daily rhythm so each student knows what to expect when they come to school each day.  This enables our children to come to school happy, relaxed, and ready to experience all that the wonder of childhood has to offer.

WHAT IS WALDORF?

Even though most of our families continue on to the various public schools in the area, at Tara's Tots we bring elements of Waldorf education into each of our classrooms.  The Waldorf philosophy takes a holistic approach to education.  We believe in nurturing a child's social, emotional, and physical skills, in addition to their cognitive skills.  We integrate things like letters and numbers into our daily activities — for example, counting out cups of flour as we bake bread — so that learning is organic to each child's experience, not abstract.

If you are new to Waldorf please visit whywaldorfworks.org to learn more.

FESTIVALS AND COMMUNITY

We value noticing and celebrating our natural surroundings and the changing of the seasons.  We use these seasonal celebrations as a time our families may get to know one another and build the community we consider vital.

Our first celebration in early October marks the harvest and the new school year with an overnight camping trip to Whidbey Island. Also in October, we visit a biodynamic farm just east of Seattle. We go on a Lantern Walk at Green Lake in November, have a Winter Spiral in December, and a May Day picnic in the spring.

We also offer opportunities for just parents to come together.  Throughout the year, teachers put on "parent evenings" where parents gather to talk about child development, get to know each other, and maybe even do an art craft.

ORGANIC SNACKS AND MEALS

Our teachers take great pride in creating nutritious, organic, vegetarian meals each morning.  We use all-natural ingredients to make simple foods that our students love. We are a peanut-free school, and care for other allergies with love and understanding.

TARA'S TOTS CURRICULUM

By creating a daily rhythm that challenges children through arts, crafts, stories, rhymes and movement games, our students develop strong academic and physical skills.

By providing hours to play and explore the natural world, children learn how to engage their peers and develop healthy social skills while growing their appreciation for and knowledge about nature.

Our programs introduce mathematic concepts through purposeful and fun activities such as baking, folding, sorting, and playing counting games.

Our teachers share stories and songs from the heart, so each child can practice active learning and use their own imagination.  By the end of the year our students know dozens of songs, rhymes and finger plays which they've been singing all year long during our daily circle times.

Click here to download an example of stories and circle songs from our Songbirds classroom.

PUBLISHED RESEARCH ON PLAY-BASED EDUCATION

All Tara's Tots preschools are play-based. Read more about the benefits of a play-based education by clicking here and here.

Click the links below to view more recently published articles:

The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play

How Children's Social Competence Impacts Their Well-Being in Adulthood