Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park
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 the Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park may be the perfect fit for you!
The mission of The Farm & 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.
Open House Playdates
This summer the Farm & Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park will host three Open House Playdates for enrolled and prospective families! Please join us to find out more about our preschool program, meet our teachers, and explore beautiful Farrel-McWhirter Park. All Open House Playdates will be held at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter near the main parking lot. Please bring a picnic lunch or just stop by for a while to learn more about our play based, nature-focused preschool. Siblings are welcome!
Saturday, June 17th from 11am to 1pm at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter for prospective or enrolled families
Saturday, June 24th from 11am to 1pm at the Mackey Creek Picnic Shelter for prospective or enrolled families
Saturday, July 22nd from 11am to 1pm at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter for enrolled families only
*For questions, please contact Paul Ehlen, Preschool Director. We hope to see you there!
Registration Information for the 2017-2018 School Year
NEW: Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will open ON-LINE ONLY on Tuesday, January 31 at Noon for Redmond Residents (if you live or work in Redmond) and Tuesday, February 7 at Noon for Non-Residents. 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 2017-2018 school year, this amount will be applied to the final month of the school year. Note: You will need to set up an account for your family prior to registering, and can do so by clicking here:
2017-2018 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!
Tuesdays/Thursdays Sep 5-May 31 9-11:30am
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Preschool Adventures (3½ to 5 year-olds)
If your Preschooler is ready for adventures in nature three mornings a week, Preschool Adventures is the perfect class for them! Preschool Adventures is our mixed-age class and welcomes students who are both one and two years away from Kindergarten, creating a rich classroom environment with opportunities for students to mentor and learn from each other. The additional school day offers more opportunities to explore math, language and science 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. Through individual and group activities in our cottage classroom, our students learn the personal and social skills that are the foundation of future school success.
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Sep 6-May 30 9-11:30am
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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.
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays Sep 5-May 31 12:30-3:30pm
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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.
If you have general questions about the preschool registration, please contact the City of Redmond Recreation Office at 425-556-2300.
To speak with Ginny Ballard, Executive Director of Nature Vision, about the preschool, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-836-2697