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Discovery Park Nature Kids
Nature Kids Application
» 2016-2017 Application
We currently are not hosting any tours or open houses. Please check back at the end of the year for upcoming dates.
Did you know that we offer a summer Nature Day Camp Program for ages 4-12? Visit our camps page for more information!
Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The park includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets, streams, and ponds. We visit the different areas of the park throughout the seasons in order to encourage discovery of the outside world and our place within it.
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.
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."--Dorothy Parker
The Nature Kids Preschool year runs from mid September-mid May. Fees are broken down into monthly payments and are due by the 25th of each month in order to maintain your child’s place during the next month.
(Scholarships are available for the 5 days/week program only. Please contact the Director for more information.)
We have two different class options:
A morning class that meets from 9:15 a.m-12:45 p.m. and an afternoon class that meets from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Requirement For Enrollment for 2016 - 2017:
Children must be age 3 by August 31st, 2016 and must be potty-trained by the start of school (no pull-ups or diapers).
(We only accept applications from children who are eligible to enroll for the upcoming school year. We do not have waiting lists for future years.)
Nature Kids Office (206) 386-4273
Trixie Magsarili, Nature Kids Director
Erika Peterson, Nature Kids Assistant Director
The best way to reach us is via e-mail or phone! We are busy during the school day teaching, so we are not always able to answer questions if you drop-by.
For employment opportunities, our job postings for Nature Kids Preschool and summer Nature Day Camp are posted on the Associated Recreation Council website.
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.
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