Natural Start Preschool

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"Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health" 
  -   Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

Curriculum
 
Natural Start Preschool at South Bellevue Community Center

 

Natural Start Preschool offers a unique nature based curriculum that combines traditional school readiness learning with appropriate play-based preschool activities. Our curriculum focuses on the whole child by promoting physical, emotional, social, creative, cognitive, and linguistic growth. 

At Natural Start Preschool, children learn about nature through direct experience, exploration, and discovery of the world around them. The natural world is a guiding theme in all areas of curriculum, including:

-Science
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Art activities
-Music
-Math and manipulative activities
-Language and literacy 
-Perceptual and cognitive skills development
-Large and small motor activities
-Exercise and movement
-Social studies
-Block building and carpentry
-Dramatic play
-Sensory activities
-Nutrition education
-Most importantly, daily outdoor exploration and play

Our preschool curriculum also incorporates a variety of learning activities related to health, nutrition, and physical fitness, all of which are designed to educate and inspire children toward a love of nature and a lifetime of good health and wellness. Our students learn about the importance of eating healthy, nutritious foods, and we offer periodic natural health and nutrition classes to our preschool families. We believe that it is never too early to begin teaching children about these fundamental building blocks that are necessary to a vital and healthy lifestyle.

In addition to our preschool’s unique emphasis on environmental education and healthy living, the incorporation of traditional school readiness skills is also accomplished through nature related and interactive experiences. Working closely with the Bellevue School District’s K-12 program, our teachers support children as they develop independence and the necessary skills for Kindergarten readiness and future school success.
 



Natural Start Preschool
Bellevue, Washington


Natural Start Preschool focuses on the whole child through
creative explorations in nature, art, music, play and emergent learning.