Monthly Blog Posts

  • What Co-op Means to Me

    by added on 20 May 2016

    by Susan Carroll After 12 years at WFP, I’m graduating, which has made me think about what being in a co-op has meant to me.  Recently I was talking to a friend who was looking at preschools for her child and she asked me about co-op.  I happily told her all about it, to which she replied, “Well, that sounds like ...

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  • The Big Disconnect: A Day with Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

    by added on 25 March 2016

    By Dr. Cecile Culp Mielenz, Director of Woodinville Family Preschool and Licensed Mental Health Counselor   Woodinville Family Preschool and the Attic Learning Community recently hosted Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair for a day of learning how to protect childhood and family relationships in the digital age. Teachers, parents, school officials, and psychologists gathered at Brightwater Education and Community Center for an insightful and ...

  • Parents Connect Time!

    by added on 11 March 2016

    By Sara Whalen, PAC Representative  It’s that time again!  That’s right, every year The Parents Advisory Committee, associated with The Shoreline Community College, sponsors an event in which we arrange for a respected speaker to give a presentation on some aspect of parenting. We have had some fantastic and informative speakers in the past and this year is no exception.  However, ...

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  • Appreciating the Mess

    by added on 1 February 2016

    By: Hazel DeWitt, Toddler PM Class Coordinator “A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” -Jerry Seinfeld Finger painting. Sidewalk Chalk. Sand Everywhere. Glue and Glitter. Smashed Bananas. Puddle Stomping.  Helpfully Unfolding the Laundry.  “Washable” Markers. Water Play.  Mud Pies.  Stickers.  Cooking Projects. These things are toddler staples but have a way of making parents cringe.  ...

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  • It Takes A Village

    by added on 27 January 2016

    By: Timi Cecka, Pre-Toddler Coordinator It wasn't until the birth of my daughter that I realized the importance of the term, “it takes a village.” At first I tried to do and be everything my daughter needed. I struggled to make sense of the dramatic change that occurred in my life and I was eager to find something or someone to ...

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  • Having Fun Outdoors

    by added on 9 December 2015

    Gretchen Dunning, WFP Secretary Ever hear “We can’t play outside today; it’s too cold you might get sick?” when you were growing up?  It turns out this has been proven to be somewhat of a myth.  , The cold weather may actually kill certain types of bacteria that can’t survive in cold weather.  Children being exposed to dirt, animals, pests, and ...

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  • Reframing the Perfect Christmas, an Exercise in Letting Go

    by added on 9 November 2015

    Amy Best, 3 Day Coordinator It is November 2 and already the Fall Harvest décor in department stores is being replaced with glitter encrusted pinecones, cranberry/balsam scented candles, life size Darth Vader Santas and large banners promising that “This will be the best Christmas ever!”  Once again we are plunged into the whirlwind season of the Holidays, both the most magical ...

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  • The Longest (Almost) Mile

    by added on 2 September 2015

    by Sonja Owens As an icebreaker at our board meeting in June, we were asked to share what we would consider to be our theme song. Fortunately, I had a bit of time to think before I was put on the spot, and came up with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feelin’ Groovy”. Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning ...

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  • I Gave Away the Fun Part of Parenting to My Nanny

    by added on 2 September 2015

    by Sarah Klippel, 1-Day A Coordinator August 9th, 2015. That was the day I realized I had given away the fun part of parenting to my nanny. Here’s the scoop – I feel fortunate to have been given oodles of time with my baby, more than many parents get in this day and age where working full time and still doing ...

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  • Looking Back and Forward

    by added on 23 June 2015

    By Halee Proctor Summer is upon us and that means that another great school year is in the books!  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for trusting me to serve as Chair of the Woodinville Family Preschool Board for the 2014-2015 school year.  It was a truly exciting and valuable experience for me, as I have ...

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