A early childhood education program focused on personalized learning for each child, housed in a schoolhouse cottage next to Alki Elementary. Students will have plenty of outdoor learning in Schmitz Park, practicing “pre-skills,” which lay the groundwork for the future. Through structured and unstructured learning time, the goal is to gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and science skills, and become successful, lifelong learners.
We love being outside and our program has plenty of outdoor exploration and learning in Schmitz Park and the Alki playfield.
At The Alki Cottage Preschool, we're focused on a safe environment (following all CDC guidelines) and personalized learning so each child is supported in the way they learn best. Our classes are all in small groups/pods to ensure safety and a lot of 1:1 learning time supported by the teacher. Children will be focused on social and emotional growth as well as exploring the "pre-skills" learning the basics of writing, math, science and art.
ABOUT OUR TEACHERS
Teacher Caitlyn, our lead educator, has experience working with children in a formal K-6 school setting as well as working at a museum leading a children's program. She has a passion for arts and music and brings a research-based approach to teaching across subjects. Although she's taught many different ages, her favorite age group is children 4-6.
Most recently she was a substitute teacher for Seattle Public Schools. She was also a camp instructor at the Bellevue Art Museum and Educational Assistant at the Seattle Art Museum.
She is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor of Music for K-12 Education and a Master's Degree from University of Washington with a Master of Arts. In 2018, she received her K-12 Teacher Certification in Michigan.
She's co-authored several research papers on education including:
--Hogle, Lauri A. and Bramble, Caitlyn E. “Music Teacher Agency Through Duoethnography.
--Pedagogical DNA in a Community of Learners,” International Journal of Arts Education
--“Music Teacher Agency Through Duoethnography: Pedagogical DNA in a Community of Learners” with Lauri A. Hogle, Ph.D
Alki Beach cottage schoolhouse sits next to the opening of Schmitz Park in a quiet side street, tucked up near Alki Elementary. The schoolhouse is accessible to Alki Elementary field and Schmitz Park without crossing any streets and just 1.5 blocks to Alki Beach.