Monthly Blog Posts

  • You Can’t Say You Can’t Play

    by added on 5 March 2020

    Maggie Homer, Parent Educator   I sat quietly on the floor in the book area, enjoying a hands-free moment at preschool when I observed a conversation among three children. Two of the children were playing a board game in the manipulatives area when another student approached who wanted to play. As the new student sat down, I overheard the words, “no, you ...

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  • Four Hugs A Day

    by added on 9 January 2020

    By Dr. Cecile Culp Mielenz, Director of Woodinville Family Preschool   Arriving in Boston for the Learning and the Brain Conference, my schedule allowed for a few hours in the morning before the conference began at noon.  I had arranged to visit the campus preschool at Boston University.  Walking on campus, I passed a group of three smiling students who were holding ...

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  • 6 Travel Tricks from a Mom of Twins

    by added on 13 December 2019

    By: Sarah Anne Bowers, WFP alumnus Let’s talk about traveling with preschoolers. Think for a moment about your ideal plane, car, or train ride with young toddlers. Now throw that idea out the window. Really. Each child is different, no matter how many ideas Pinterest and Instagram offer. Since every child is different, your approach to travel must be adjusted to ...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide

    by added on 22 November 2019

    By: Maggie Homer, Parent Educator October came to a close and overnight all the stores were transformed into winter wonderlands with twinkly lights and wreaths galore!  It reminded me that, for my family, the gift-giving season is around the corner…and I am always the person scrambling to think of a gift days before our event and rush ordering it on Amazon. ...

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  • It’s Raining…What Do We Do Now?

    by added on 8 November 2019

    By Kelly Petersen, Outdoor Curriculum Specialist   Ah, autumn and winter in the Pacific Northwest. Short on daylight and often raining, many families feel stuck inside, but you don’t have to be! Just because it’s wet, don’t feel cooped up; get outside and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Here’s teacher Kelly’s easy recipe for rainy outdoor fun in 2 easy ...

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  • 4 Ways to Engage your Child with Nature

    by added on 29 October 2019

    By Maggie Homer, Parent Educator   Have any of you heard of the 1,000-hour challenge? Neither had I. Historically, I struggle with the transitions from summer to fall and fall to winter. The rain, the cold, and more than anything, the cabin fever of being indoors all day long with young children stresses me out. I can literally feel my anxiety revving up ...

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  • Combatting Holiday Busyness

    by added on 8 October 2019

    By Whitney Connors, Toddler PM Coordinator Here it is! Another fall filled with mixed emotions. Although I welcome our routine back, the fall also comes with the daunting beginning of holiday season for my family and the many traditions that come along with it. It is this time every year, that, before anything even begins, I just feel busy. I read an ...

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  • Keeping Summer Alive Through Fall

    by added on 27 September 2019

    By Maggie Homer, Parent Educator As I write this, it’s the first week of August. It seems like we’re just starting to get the beautiful, warm Seattle weather…and yet I’m somehow feeling our summer slip through my fingers. When we run to Target, the aisles are filled with Back to School items. Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte is set to release August 28th ...

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  • Why I Joined Woodinville Family Preschool’s Prenatal-Infant Class

    by added on 22 August 2019

    By Gabrielle Mak, WFP Parent of Toddler   “I thought preschool didn’t start until 2 years and older…” “Woodinville Family Preschool has a prenatal and infant class.” I was sitting on the living room floor, my fingers pushing on my mommy flab while religiously checking the baby monitor anytime it went dark from inactivity—the postpartum mom hormones were full force. My husband lounged on ...

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  • When to Take the Kindergarten Plunge

    by added on 15 May 2019

    By Kelly Petersen, Outdoor Curriculum Specialist Kindergarten. It looms ever closer as we continue on our journey through preschool with our precious children. Kindergarten today looks totally different than the kindergarten parents experienced in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Gone are the days of coloring inside the lines, connecting the dots, and reading “See Spot Run”. According to an article by US ...

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