Our goal is to develop self-esteem, problem solving and negotiation skills, and enhance awareness of cultural diversity. All of our classrooms use a variety of learning activities that are developmentally appropriate. Math, science, a language concepts are introduced through games, music, creative dancing, cooking, books, and dramatic play. Students practice a variety of skills through daily art activities utilizing a diverse array of media. Our large indoor and outdoor play areas provide space and time to move during all types of weather. We practice family-style dining with a catered hot lunchthat exposes children to a wide variety of healthy foods from diverse cultural backgrounds and we honor children’s specific dietary needs.
Consistent with our Pacific Northwest values, we want children to spend lots of time exploring in nature. The children spend anywhere from one to three hours per day outside, whether it be on our beautiful play yard or somewhere in the surrounding community. We value reaching outside the bounds of the school and into our amazing city on field trips. Children are introduced to public transportation as part of our dedication to the urban education experience. Students of all ages engage in the surrounding community through trips to the UW campus, planetarium, Burke Museum, Uwajimaya, community splash parks and playgrounds and other sporadic ventures that may arise through the children’s interests. many classes also maintain a P-patch over the summer months.
UTCS is dedicated to the parent-teacher-child relationship and strives to maintain a thoughtful, meaningful community amongst our families through an array of events throughout the year. It is our goal to model for our children the importance of community and show our young people that they have an active role in the relationships they enter into. We feel that the most powerful tool we can send children into Kindergarten with is the ability to confidently and collaboratively explore and expand their learning.