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Bellevue School District Early Learning Programs
Bellevue, WA 98009
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Infants and Toddlers: Program are available for children 4 weeks through 2 and 1/2 years at limited Bellevue School locations. Infants and toddlers are just learning about the world, so they they require a flexible program that conforms to the needs of the children. The children will engage in experiences throughout the day that develop their physical, social cognitive and language skills. Caring and committed staff ensure that children receive the attention your young minds and growing bodies require.
Young Preschool: The program is designed for older two year olds and young three year olds. It is ideal for two year olds who are ready for a longer circle time and more focused activities. It is also ideal for those three year olds who are not quite ready for a more structured learning environment. Throughout the day, children will have many opportunities to learn about friendship, develop language and beginning literacy skills and engage in creative experiences. All activities are designed to enable children to become more confident and independent and enjoy learning while having fun.
Preschool: Research has shown that a high quality preschool program boosts the kinds of learning, social and thinking skills needed for later achievement. Bellevue School District preschool programs use the OWL (Opening the World of Learning) curriculum which focuses on those skills needed by children to become successful readers. The preschools offer flexible options and are conveniently located at many elementary schools. School day preschool classes are offered 6.5 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and half-day on Wednesday. Children may attend a half-day preschool for 3 hours. For families needing additional hours, extended day programs are available from 6:30am - 6:00pm. No matter which you choose, the district preschool will prepare your child for success as a kindergartner in the Bellevue School District.
ORCA Preschool: Experts agree that learning languages is a natural process when children are young. Young children learn to think in multiple languages and can become fluent with relative ease. The ORCA Spanish preschool uses the OWL (Opening the World of Learning) curriculum , with it's focus on reading readiness. Many activites such as songs, poems, fingerplays and stories are taught in Spanish to help children develop the ability to hear and distinguish sounds a key skill for learning to read. The Spanish ORCA preschool program is offered at Puesta del Sol Elementary and Sherwood Forest Elementary.. School day preschool classes are offered 6.5 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and half-day on Wednesday. For families needing additional hours, extended day programs are available from 6:30am - 6:00pm.
Mandarin: Join us for an introduction to the Mandarin language and culture where young children can explore learning through many activities. The preschool program includes many educational, fun-loving, hands-on learning experiences that will prepare young children for future success. Expose your preschooler to Mandarin and familiarize them with interesting sounds and shapes at an early age. Provide a foundation to learn language by this fun-filled, early exposure. The Mandarin preschool program is offered at Bellewood Early Learning Program, inside the Jing Mei Elementary school. School day preschool classes are offered 6.5 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and half-day on Wednesday. For families needing additional hours, extended day programs are available from 6:30am - 6:00pm.