Nature Vision Preschool
at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. We have available spots in our Pre-K Discoveries PM class. Creative Play and Pre-K Discoveries AM classes are full, waiting list is available.
Is your family interested in a 9-month, nature-based preschool program for your child? Will your child be at least 3 ½ and fully potty-trained by the beginning of the school year?
If yes, then Nature Vision Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park may be the perfect fit for you!
The mission of Nature Vision Preschool is to provide a nature and play-based experiential learning environment to help foster a sustainable culture in our community. Located in the unique setting of a working farm and forested park, our preschool program supports the learning and development of our students mentally, emotionally, physically, and socially. Through time spent outdoors in nature as well as through free play and group time in our preschool cottage, we work to provide all children with the opportunity to learn about what interests them in ways that are effective and meaningful.
Our preschool’s curriculum is grounded in the philosophies of learning through play, emergent curriculum, and discovery. In addition to play-based, experiential learning, our curriculum includes science, math, language, visual arts, music, movement, and environmental education. These are coordinated into theme-based units which follow the natural cycles of change on our farm and in our forest, stream, and meadow. Through our program, children gain independence and self-esteem as they are encouraged by caring and experienced teachers to be active participants in their own learning.
2019-2020 Preschool Classes
Creative Play (Age: 3 ½ - 4 ½ years)
When students play together, they learn together. By exploring their interests and the world around them, children are afforded the opportunity to develop connections to the earth and to each other. How does a sunflower grow? Who’s perched in the tree? What do slugs eat? Perhaps most importantly, how can a chef transform plain mud into a scrumptious chocolate cake? Ask a Creative Play student — they have much to teach you.
Through active imaginative play and discovery, students learn about the plants and animals in the forest and garden. Whether wiggling like worms at circle time, making friends with the forest or building a web like a spider, students notice and begin to make sense of small details within the patterns of nature. When we foster these curiosities, students grow their connections to the world around them and to each other.
Creative Play is designed as a gentle introduction to preschool, with an emphasis on small class size and child-centered, play-based curriculum. This ensures that each child is safe and secure as part of our preschool family. Teachers weave academic concepts throughout daily activities, encouraging authentic and contextual learning in a nurturing and engaging environment. At the end of this growth-filled year, students may move into Pre-K Discoveries with matured sense of connection and place in our preschool community.
Location: Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 3, 2019- May 29, 2020, 8:30-11:00 am
Max. class size: 12
FULL, join waitlist by filling out enrollment form
Pre-K Discoveries (Age: 4-5 years)
Play is a child’s work and these preschoolers are working hard! Pre-K students are budding and blooming as scientists, artists, mathematicians and storytellers. Through playful exploration, students will discover who lives in the forest and meadow and meet insects and worms up close. They will learn how to be good stewards by recycling and reusing materials and caring for plants and animals at the park.
Teachers stretch existing skills and introduce new skills like letter names and sounds, counting and nourish inquisitiveness in preparation for your preschooler’s upcoming Kindergarten year. Student-driven and long-term projects offer chances to apply skills and broaden students’ sense of community and stewardship.
As teachers gradually and gently encourage children to take bigger steps toward self-reliance and building their own curiosity, each child can develop their potential and thrive as part of our preschool community.
Location: Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
Choose from one of our two Pre-K Discoveries sessions:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, September 4, 2019 - May 29, 2020, 8:30-11:30 am
Max. class size: 14
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, September 3, 2019 - May 29, 2020, 12:30-3:30 pm
Max. class size: 14
AM and PM sessions of Pre-K Discoveries are identical. Both sessions are not meant to be taken by one child. Pre-K AM Class is FULL, join waitlist by filling out enrollment form. Pre-K PM class has available spots.
Enrollment Information for New Families for the 2019-2020 School Year
Enrollment is open now for the 2019-2020 school year. A non-refundable Enrollment Fee of one full month’s tuition is required to secure your child’s spot at Nature Vision Preschool for the upcoming school year. If you stay for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year, this amount will be applied to the final month of the school year. Our program runs for 9 months, and all students must be 3 1/2 and potty trained prior to the first day of school.
Hear from parents of our preschoolers:
"Both of our sons have attended Nature Vision Preschool. We love the balance of indoor and outdoor time. It’s reminds me of the summer camps that I attended as a child. But is a like a parent and child’s dream come true because it is school, and can happen all school year long rather than just one week of summer break. Exploring the forest, farm and gardens at the park opened our children’s eyes and minds to the nature that surrounds us in the Pacific Northwest. I can't say enough positive things about the teachers. They use evidence based practices in their lesson plans and activities. The teachers are patient, understanding and just wonderfully open minded individuals. I'm a teacher myself (although currently a stay at home parent) and I see so many great things happening in the classroom everyday. I feel our children have been well prepared for kindergarten upon completing 2 years each at Nature Vision Preschool. The balance between learning the ABCs, 123s and social emotional skills is well balanced."
-Jenn, Pre-K Discoveries parent
Nature Vision preschool has been instrumental for both of my daughters. They entered the school reserved and watching from afar and within months, they were actively participating in activities and making friends…they wanted to go! The teachers are warm, patient, kind, funny and have an amazing passion for both nature and children. This was a perfect fit for both of my kids, not only did they learn how to be a responsible and kind part of a class, but also part of a community and our world as a whole. It was more than I could ask for!
-Jessie, Pre-K Discoveries parent
Withdrawal Policy for 2019-2020 School Year
Our program is a 9 month program, September-May. The Enrollment Fee to hold your child’s place for the school year is non-refundable. If you stay for the duration of the school year, this enrollment fee will be applied as May tuition. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program, please notify the program administrator, Ginny Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org in writing. The withdrawal notice must be received at least 45 calendar days prior to the last month your child will attend. For example, if your child’s last month of school is March, we must receive notice by January 15th. If notice is given within 45 days of the last month your child will attend, you will be charged for the full month of tuition after your last month. For example, if your child’s last month is March and we are notified Feb 1, you will be charged for April tuition. If you withdraw before the start of the school year, the Enrollment Fee is also non-refundable. You will be billed for September tuition if the withdrawal notice is received after July 15th.
If you have questions about our school or to arrange a possible tour, please contact Kathryn Sooter, Preschool Manager/Lead Teacher at email@example.com.
If you have questions about preschool registration please contact Ginny Ballard, Nature Vision Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-554-1407.
Nature Vision Preschool may be reached directly during the school year at 425-556-2324. Phone may not be answered during class sessions.