Grasshopper Montessori has launched a new, proven theory; that toddlers can and should learn difficult sight words before learning how to read.  Children at the ages of 2.5 - 5 years old are capable of recognizing t-h-e as a pattern and remember that when those 3 letters are put together, they form "the".  They are not reading the words, they simply recognize them.  The instant recognition of these words takes out the guess work of reading and becomes muscle memory instead. 

GM has put together a program of 17 sight words (that include a couple nouns) that contain all 26 letters of the alphabet.  We work with our little ones on not only recognizing these sight words, but also, writing, spelling and using them in sentences.  By learning just 17 sight words, our students are also able to name and write every  lower case letter in the alphabet.  Once they have mastered writing the words individually, they then transition into using these words to write sentences.  We have 4 and 5 year olds writing sentences such as, "I am a quick fox".  This multi-layered approach provides a concrete understanding of spelling and writing while creating an immense foundation for reading.  It also results in self-confidence and fuels their eagerness to learn.  Grasshoppers who have been with our program for at least 2 years, enter kindergarten with the ability to recognize, write and spell an average of 25 sight words.

Due to brain development, the window of opportunity to implement this theory and to build a strong educational foundation is temporary.  This short amount of time has been overlooked. Underestimating the power of our little ones at ages 2.5-5 can result in an unpreparedness for school and a lack of confidence therefore taking away the joy of learning.  Without a concrete foundation, education can be a daunting task for both student and parents. The best time to teach the habits necessary for a foundation of long term success in the school system is BEFORE they enter the school system.  Grasshopper Montessori focuses on this crucial phase of a child's life when their desire and ability to learn is immense, exciting and powerful.  The child's curiosity as our guide, we create a fun and fruitful environment as the foundation of their success.  




School:  206.329.2081



1800 S Jackson St. Suite 112 Seattle, WA 98144

We are located in central Seattle in The Legacy At Pratt Park complex.  Our entrance is in the back of the building on the NW corner by the intersection of 18th Ave and S Main.  There is no signage but we have large windows that allow you to see clearly into the school.  Follow the steps to our front door!



Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:00pm



There is typically plenty of street parking on 18th, 19th and Jackson St. as well as their crossroads.  For your first visit, allow an extra 5 minutes to potentially walk 1 block and/or familiarize yourself with the location and parking options.  Try your best to park within the posted regulations.  If you must double park for a few minutes, be sure to flash your hazards.  Parking enforcement does not come around often but when they do, they are brutal.  Remember to bring all valuables with you when you leave your car.


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