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Nature Kids Preschool

3801 W Government Way
Seattle, WA 98199

Phone:
(206) 386-4273

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have a small child to teacher ratio and we are able to give one on one attention.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Nature Kids Preschool provides an enriching, fun, child-centered program for children ages three to five. Our goal is to nurture the emotional, social, physical, and academic growth of children by providing hands-on experiences in the classroom and outdoors. These experiences all take place within a loving, creative, and respectful environment.

We use an experiential approach to learning, with a variety of materials for children to see and touch both in the classroom and outdoors. We engage all parts of a child’s development through activities such as science experiments, arts and crafts, music, movement, and stories.

Nature Kids uses a thematic approach to learning. Each week we focus on a different theme in order to explore the world around us and develop an emerging awareness of our ever-changing environment. The aspects of learning that we focus on are: creative arts, science, math, language, and movement. For example, when learning about habitats, children might paint a habitat for a bird in the art area, observe ants at work building their nest in the science and math areas, read and make a book about a habitat in the language arts area, and act out what an animal needs for a healthy habitat in the movement area. Songs, stories, and games are incorporated into each day to explore the week’s theme.

A Typical Day

Children develop their creative arts abilities in a variety of ways. We make an art or craft project and do a movement activity each day, and look for inspiration in nature as we explore outside. We believe that all children are artists and encourage self-expression through visual arts, song, movement, and dance.
Math is taught using resources such as blocks, sorting materials, and cooking activities. These resources are used for learning about classifying, patterns, sequences, adding, and subtracting. Math is also incorporated in the time we spend outdoors, using nature as the basis for learning about math.
Children investigate science in conjunction with creative arts and math with an emphasis on nature and ecology. Discovery Park itself serves as our living classroom to learn about science, whether through observing different types of weather or gaining an understanding of the life cycle of a tree by planting seeds and walking through the forest. Science is nature based and hands on.
Language arts are emphasized through all areas of preschool. Children are encouraged to tell stories, sing songs, listen to books, create their own books, act in plays, practice new words, and create their own silly words.
Finally, Nature Kids is a play based preschool. Creativity, imagination, and respect for others and the world around us are important aspects of the program. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace through active play and discovery time. We recognize and celebrate the ever changing world of the preschooler in all areas of Nature Kids.

9.00-9.45 Welcome and Morning Choice/Art
9.45-10 Clean Up
10.00-10.15 Circle Time
10.15-10.45 Snack
10.45-12.15 Outside Play, Theme time; hikes,
12.15-12.45 Lunch
12.45-1.00 Afternoon Circle
1.00 Time to go Home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a small child to teacher ratio and we are able to give one on one attention this allows us to speak confidently about each child with their parents. We have daily activities listed in the classroom for parents and we send out a weekly wrap up via email. Parents are invited to join our listserve to easily stay in touch with the teachers and each other. We also take dozens of pictures each day that are posted on a secure website. We have several parent teacher meetings each year. Conferences are available on request. Children are sent home with art folders twice a year, which have a composite of their progress through out the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have playdates in the summer for returning and new students. We also have a open playtime the Friday before school starts. We are available to help both the child and parent with separation issues.