Curriculum Philosophy and Program Schedule

Green Lake Preschool is dedicated to the growth of young children. Our goal is to surround children with a safe and caring learning environment.  Green Lake Preschool uses a play-based, emergent curriculum to help our students grow and learn.

We teach our students using a combination of the Experience Curriculum, which is a play-based program and emergent curriculum that requires observation, flexibility, and trust between the educator and children. This involves teachers observing children’s play and listening to the questions they ask during and within their play. Students are actively learning by playing, and our educators capitalize on those moments to enhance their learning opportunities and abilities. Interests sparked during play become the starting point for future activities and lesson plans.

The Center provides all teachers with a copy of Lisa Murphy’s Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning as a reference guide and resource to using play-based and emergent learning in the classroom, and we encourage our families to look at this book if they would like to learn more about this curriculum philosophy.

We follow the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines for students from birth through kindergarten. These milestones are tracked electronically and shared with parents during conferences.


Learn more about Experience Curriculum and Play Based Learning at the links below. 

Experience Curriculum
Play Based Learning

typical daily schedule

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Open Play in Interest Centers

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Breakfast & Clean-up

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Circle Time / Teacher-Led Activities

10:3o AM – 11:00 AM

Outside Play

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Preparing for Lunch

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch & Clean-Up

12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Nap/Rest Period

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Quiet Activities/Diapering/Bathroom

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Snack & Clean-Up

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Open Play in Interest Centers

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Outside Play, Clean-Up


The classroom for 1- to 2-year-old children (Caterpillars) has a maximum of 12 children.  Our classroom for 2- to 3-year-old children (Dragonflies) has a maximum of 14 children, and the maximum of the classroom for 3- to 5-year-old children (Bumblebees) is 20 children. Each classroom has three full-time staff who support them.


Vegetarian meals are provided by 3 Fish Catering of Seattle.

Breakfast and snacks are provided by the Center. They are mostly organic, all vegetarian, and include items such as whole wheat crackers, fruit in season, low-sugar cereals, yogurt, and cheese. If your child has an allergy or food intolerance, please inform us in writing so that we can accommodate your child. The Center also provides rice milk and soy milk for children with lactose concerns.

Breakfast and lunch include protein products that meet or exceed the USDA’s standards. Children eat family style, supervised and accompanied by staff members. Meal menus are shared via Brightwheel and posted in the classrooms. Menus are subject to change.

Enrichment Activities

The Dizzy Tumble Bus

Our only enrichment activity with a fee, comes once a week on Wednesdays children get a chance to tumble, climb, dance, and move with a mobile tumbling program.

Music Class

Mariah, our music teacher leads the children in fun, interactive music activities Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Kids get to play instruments, sing, dance, and learn traditional favorites while experiencing styles and genres of music.

Spanish Class

Javier, our Spanish teach creates amazing lessons incorporating the spanish language and culture using stories and music each Monday from 9:30am-11:30am.