Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter
The mission of The Farm and Nature 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.
Preschool Open House
There will be two Open Houses for the 2016-2017 School Year, held on-site at the McWhirter House (Preschool Cottage) at Farrel-McWhirter Park, located at 19545 NE Redmond Road. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers and experience the physical space of this unique program. Call 425.556.2300 to reserve your spot today!
Saturday, January 9 (10am to 1pm)
Saturday, January 23 (10am to 1pm)
Registration Information for the 2016-2017 School Year
City of Redmond residents should arrive at the Recreation Office, 16600 NE 80th Street, at 8am on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. At 8:10am a lottery will be held to determine your place in line; each family will draw one number for their own family. Early arrival will not improve your place in line. Please be aware there are limited openings because current students have priority. Non Residents will have the opportunity to register starting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
A non-refundable Enrollment Fee of one full month’s tuition is required to secure your child’s spot at the Farm & Nature Preschool for the upcoming school year. If you stay for the duration of the 2016-2017 school year, this amount will be applied to the final month of the school year.
The Enrollment Fee to hold your child’s place for the upcoming school year is non-refundable. If you choose to withdraw your child from the program after the school year has started, please notify the Program Administrator at email@example.com in writing at least 45 calendar days prior to the last month your child will attend. Requests made with less than 45 days’ notice will be charged for the full amount of the following month.
2016-2017 Class Information
Creative Play (3½ to 4½ year-olds)
Through songs, stories and role playing, your Preschooler will be introduced to the amazing animals, plants and habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Offering a gentle introduction to the world of school, Creative Play is the perfect first preschool class for your young one with our lowest student to teacher ratio, a very open curriculum and a two mornings per week schedule. In the homey setting of our preschool cottage, your Preschooler will experience all of the classic preschool activities of circle time, snack time, free play and arts and crafts. We also spend time outside in the meadows, forest and farm of Farrel-McWhirter Park. Your Preschooler will spend about half of each school day playing, exploring and learning about nature through inquiry based, hands-on activities! Your child must be 3½ years old and fully potty-trained before first day of preschool.
Tuesdays/Thursdays Sep 6-May 30 9-11:30am
Fee: $292R / $350NR
Preschool Adventures (3½ to 4½ year-olds)
If your Preschooler is ready for adventures in nature three mornings a week, Preschool Adventures is the perfect class for them! This class is the same age range as Creative Play with the additional school day offering opportunities to explore more math, science, and language arts concepts as students are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Our daily outdoor adventures in nature and on the farm are opportunities for your preschooler to gain experience, confidence and self-esteem. It’s through individual and group activities in our cottage classroom that our students learn the personal and social skills that are the foundation of future school success. Your child must be 3½ years old and fully potty-trained before first day of preschool.
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Sep 7-May 31 9-11:30am
Pre-K Discoveries (4 to 5 year-olds)
This is our Pre-Kindergarten class with a longer school day and added opportunities for exploring science, math and language arts through the lens of nature. In addition to cornerstone preschool activities like circle time, songs and stories, Pre-K Discoveries students explore academic subjects and scientific thinking as a means to enrich their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. As with all our classes, we seek to support the learning and development of our students cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially. This class shares the half indoor, half outdoor model of all of our classes. Pre-K Discoveries students spend lots of time playing, exploring and learning outdoors every day in the forests and meadows of our unique park setting. Your child must be 4 years old and fully potty-trained before the first day of preschool.
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays Sep 6-May 31 12:30-3:30pm