My Friend's House is a licensed child care program providing affordable quality child care to Seattle families. Founded in 1981 we are a second generation licensed daycare home, the Johns family has continued touching the lives of children and providing child care with an extended family feel.
We are mothers too, and we provide the quality of care we expect for our own children. We are not focused on "assembly line" child care you often find in center environments. We allow for flexibility, for individualized care, and we support what that specific child needs in that specific moment.
Our program provides care for infants from six (6) weeks to six (6) years starting at $65/day. Sibling discounts are available, ask for more details! Contact us for information or to schedule an onsite visit.
We do our best to provide competitive pricing. All children pay the same rate, we don't charge you more based on your child's age. Parents who are enrolled full time pay a flat rate, which means the cost of child care doesn't fluctuate month to month!
Unlike centers and other care providers we don;t charge you extra for Preschool services, it's our job to get kids ready for school. We also make efforts to allow different ages of children to engage and interact with supervision, encouraging (and often expediting) physical, verbal, and emotional development.
We offer a %25 sibling discount to help parents who are growing their families!
This stage is marked with the infants’ need to develop as unique individuals with behaviors and growth constantly changing. What makes us different is we won't charge you extra for the same personalized care all our kids get! You will pay the same tuition regardless of the age of your child!
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping).
In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive, or brain development means the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds (“babble”), or saying “ma-ma” and “da-da”. Listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people and things are all a part of language development. During this stage, babies also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and other caregivers as part of social and emotional development. The way caregivers cuddle, hold, and play with a child will set the basis for how they will interact with them and others. We focus on providing wide exposure to activities that will help them develop these skills and build bonds that will support the depth and progression of learning as they grow with us.
The licensed home environment allows for children of different ages to interact with each other under appropriate supervision, rather than being confined to rooms with only other infants . Infants are able to learn from their older counterparts, and the older children benefit from developing care taking skills. This often can result in acceleration of development in some areas such as talking and movement.
This age group requires a truly engaging environment; the children are much more mobile, some are transitioning from crawling to standing and even more are walking. By physically moving around and through social interactions they are experiencing their environment even more through their senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling). As they grow they become more independent and begin to interact more and more with each other. We will encourage their independence & exploration, while recognizing their needs for reassurance.
Materials and activities available encourage gross and fine motor development, as well as sensory stimulation. The children listen to music, as well as simple stories. They are encouraged to interact with each other and the caregiver in a variety of activities that stimulate their early language skills. The children are introduced to the concept of communicating/getting their needs met by using American Sign Language, combined with verbal cues. Once they learn these skills they will be able to convey their meaning, minimizing frustration, even before they can talk.
Our schedule includes a variety of fun activities, including “Circle Time” (reading stories, singing songs, learning letters/numbers….), simple arts and craft projects, and play times. During these “playtime’s” the children learn how to use safe, challenging, and meaningful materials such as puzzles, blocks, toys, books, cars, etc.…. While they play with these items they will learn to share and interact with each other. Learning experiences are provided inside the classroom, as well as on the playground, where the toddlers are encouraged and supervised while using age appropriate outdoor toys.
This warm, safe, and loving environment will give your child the confidence to explore and grow. As children develop and change, we will offer an environment where the children may learn and explore more independently. This stage is typically seen as one of the most challenging, but we believe it is one of the most rewarding. Toddlers are very fun, mobile and active and they respond well to a regular daily routine with clear mealtimes, rest times, and play times. We encourage the children at this stage to be independent while recognizing their need for frequent assistance and reassurance. They are beginning to learn important social skills and are introduced to the concepts of respect and caring for each other and themselves.
Activities are designed to stimulate sensory development, as well as encourage small muscle skills development, hand-eye coordination, and large muscle development. We encourage them to explore all the classroom materials, helping them to make choices of activities on their own. They will also be introduced to a variety of monthly learning themes and projects.
Our Preschool Program here at My Friend’s House applies a modified Montessori approach to the teaching of basic skills and concepts. Within an environment that is structured to provide for the specific developmental needs of each child in the classroom, the children may make independent choices from a wide variety of activities. Each activity contains different materials, provided to develop specific skills, or to provide for creative exploration. The learning objectives include: Writing, Library, Math , Music, and Building, and Painting/Art. There are also specific shelves that contain puzzles, sensory materials, and Practical Life exploration materials, as well as an outdoor Sensory stations.
During Circle Times, the whole class participates in teacher-directed activities designed to teach specific skills, or concepts. Activities are structured, yet fun, enjoyable and entertaining. Some sample skills and concepts covered are basic Spanish vocabulary, American Sign Language, English alphabet and number concepts, as well as the seasons, days of the week and months of the year.
The Preschool curriculum is based on monthly themes, around which developmentally appropriate activities are planned. Some sample themes are Seasonal Changes, Community Helpers, the Food pyramid and Plant/Animal Communities, and Safety. Themes are explored through songs, craft projects, games and books. The day consists of a balanced routine of indoor and outdoor activities, individual and group experiences as children work together throughout the day. The following are only some of the specific ways we teach your child in the Preschool program but many of these items are introduced to toddler’s as well:
• Letters will be introduced to the children in groups of three (D, E, F) …
• The children will orally match individual letters with their sounds
• The children will match words with the same letter
• The children will orally read their own names, as well as the names of classmates, as sight words • The children will recognize/name orally the letters in their own names and the names of their classmates.
• The children will visually discriminate/match “word cards”
• The children will hear stories read aloud each day
• The children will explore the specific elements of the reading materials with individual and group craft projects or discussions
• The children will sequence picture stories (2-3 parts), (4-6 parts)
• The children will retell stories in their own words
• The children will complete projects following specific 2-3-part directions (draw a red circle, cut it out and make a blue happy face on it)
• The children will use/create puppets and other manipulative to represent elements of stories
• The children will use dramatic play in thematic units, as well as independently
• The children will apply and use new vocabulary in songs, and “finger play’s”
• The children will experience daily activities applying counting skills (1-100)
• The children will sort like quantities
• The children will match numerals to their quantities
• The children will compare quantities (more/less)
• The children will use a manipulative to explore addition of one to varied quantities (1+1), (2+1), (3+1) as a pattern
• The children will use a manipulative to measure, compare measurements (longer/shorter, wider/thinner, heavier/lighter)
• The children will match, extend and create their own 2-3-part patterns with colors, numbers, quantities, and shapes
Pre-Writing/Fine Motor Skills
• The children will finger-trace paper letters a-z
• The children will trace letters on paper a-z
• The children will trace their names
• The children will write their names independently
• The children will trace/write other sight words, including color words, and familiar words from the current theme
• The children will cut out 3-5 sided shapes independently
• The children will use a variety of media, including markers, crayons, colored pencils, and paints on a variety of surface textures and sizes (paper on easels, table tops, floor, ...)
• The children will use a variety of collage materials and skills, including tearing paper, cutting paper, and gluing different objects of different textures
• The children will use lacing cards
• The children will string beads in a variety of sizes
• The children will assemble puzzles
• The children will assemble jigsaw puzzles
Large Motor Skills
• The children will experience daily opportunities to encourage their development of balance, hand-eye coordination, agility, upper body strength and coordination
• The children will use a variety of materials for both indoor and outdoor movement activities, including scarves, balls, and parachutes.
• The children will learn and use specific phases for taking turns and sharing classroom materials (- “can I have it please”, - “can I play with you”, “can I have it when you are done”)
• The children will use specific phrases to express feelings; “I felt _____________when you hit me”, - “I do not like that you ___________”, and “Please stop.”
• The children will interact comfortably at play in the classroom
• The children will comfortably transition between activities in the classroom
Located in Arbor Heights, our facility is 15 mins from Downtown, Seatac, and just blocks from major bus routes. We are minutes from I-5, 509,518, and Highway 99!
10631 18th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, Washington 98146, United States