Lincoln Park Pre K 4’s Preschool

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 12:00 – 3:00 pm

 Teacher: Dori Schnelz

Spanish Teacher: Karla Fauvet

Parent Educator:  Jen Giomi

Teacher Dori says:  I began my preschool career when my 12-month old daughter was enrolled in the One-Day Toddler Co-op…and continued as a Co-op parent until both of my children–and I–moved on to kindergarten.   Since the program depends on highly involved parents, this prepared me for the “Big Leagues” of elementary school…and I am still  highly involved behind the scenes with my kids who are now in high school.

I began teaching the 4’s program at Lincoln Park Preschool in the fall of 2007.  I am a dedicated and enthusiastic preschool teacher, committed to providing a nurturing, fun-filled environment where children are encouraged to explore and engage in social interactions that are developmentally appropriate.   Throughout our day, the children have many opportunities to practice taking turns, listening to others, learning and talking about many interesting topics.

My specialties and loves are science and “recess/gym time” -I want my graduates to be prepared to ask important questions in the classroom and manage the structured and unstructured time during grade school gym and on the playground.

I graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration and then worked as an Account Executive for 4 years.  That is where I learned the importance of organization and planning that I use in preschool–it takes a lot of organization to run a classroom that offers children choices within structure and engages parents in meaningful roles as assistant teachers.  I have never found a more rewarding position, than working in the Cooperative Preschool program.

Spanish Teacher: Karla Fauvet
Parent Educator: Jen Giomi


4 and 5 year olds are preparing for Kindergarten in so many ways. They continue to learn best through hands-on play, but new opportunities for pre-academics are added to preschool:

  • Literacy–writing center for dictating stories, traveling books that go home for dictated installments, opportunities for identifying and writing words
  •  Science–experiments that challenge predicting, comparing, and problem solving
  • Math–calendar, charting, math processes in stories and games
  • Fine motor–expanded art projects, free creation with varied materials, opportunities to write
  • Social studies–expanded curriculum themes
  • Rich curriculum–the high adult to child ratio allows for more curriculum activities and options

Social and Emotional readiness still top the list of requirements of Kindergarten teachers:

  • Extended Circle Times–kids practice listening and regulating their own bodies
  • Facilitated Problem Solving–adults are ready to guide kids to their own solutions
  •  Empathy–Second Step curriculum to teach children to read social situations
  •  Self Regulation–learning to wait, follow teacher directed instruction, handle frustration
  • Friendships–ways to engage friends in play, appropriate ways to say “no”

All this and the kids just think they are playing!

Daily Routine:

12:00 Playground and Gym Time–Outdoor in our two playgrounds, weather permitting (Besides exercising their large muscles running and climbing,  kids learn school playground skills like group games, beginning sports skills, lining up, sharing physical space safely)

Meeting  (teacher directed instruction, outlining choices for the day, discussions around curriculum themes)
Choice Time to Play, Explore, Pretend, and Create 
(Kids are often negotiating play/projects in small groups, working on skills of inclusion and respecting ideas of others)
Clean up  (Kids have often engaged in “Super Play” where toys/materials get mixed together and need to go back into place.  Special creations can be saved and worked on for more than one day. Kids are learning to respect and care for their school as well as for each other)
Circle Time  (Developing listening skills, practicing pre-academic tasks, predicting outcomes and discussing social themes, and much more)
(Usually we share a healthy snack served Family Style so we can use conversation skills and social manners.  Sometimes children cook snack related to the theme)
After Snack Activity  (Guided, varied skill building embedded in games, activities, science experiments, etc.)
Music/Movement  (Singing, dancing, learning to share space  while using Large Muscles)
3:00 Good-Byes


Teacher Karla turns our classroom into a Spanish speaking world one day a week when she brings special art, stories, songs, and conversation.  She shares her culture as kids learn to make “Bate Bate Chocolate” and eat bread from Posadas celebration and more.