Pacific Ridge Beginning School

Pacific Ridge Beginning School provides a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promotes social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth as well as a positive self-image and a love of learning.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Family Handbook


Our Philosophy

The Pacific Ridge Beginning School has a comprehensive approach to educating and enriching the whole child.  We believe children learn best through meaningful play, which encourages curiosity, discovery, and opportunities for problem-solving.  A powerful image of the young child as intelligent, creative, and capable allows each child to reach his or her highest potential.  A deep respect for difference and a belief that diversity strengthens community creates an environment where children build a strong sense of self and empathy for others.  Because we believe children play a central role in their own learning, our approach is founded on the research of child development and how children learn, building on the individual strengths, needs and interests of each child.  We also believe that families are the child’s first teachers.  Children learn best when families are involved in their learning.  When children, families, and educators participate together we build opportunities for children to reach their full potential.

Sample Daily Rhythm

Sample Daily Rhythm (times are approximate)

8:30  Arrival/Welcome Rituals

9:00  Morning Meeting

9:20  Project Work (Play-based exploration of a theme)

10:30  Whole Group Literacy

10:45  Outside Play

11:30  Lunch

12:00  Quiet Time

12:15  Thinking and Learning (Small groups work)

12:35  Explore Time (Indoor or Outdoor Free Play)

1:15  Closing Circle

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