Polliwog Preschool

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Polliwog Preschool is a school year program of Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. The program is play-based and multi-aged for children 3 - 5 years old. At Polliwog Preschool, nature is used as the ideal catalyst for discovery and stimulation. Seasonal themes and daily activities are designed to meet the specific developmental needs of early learners, while encouraging curiosity and fostering a love of nature and learning.


Philosophy

We focus on developing the whole child - socially, emotionally, mentally and physically - while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world.


Curriculum

Polliwog Preschool uses the natural world as the guiding theme to frame our core curriculum areas of science, art, music, math, language and literacy. The program is play-based and student-driven with a combination of activity choices, discovery explorations and specific activities that relate to the current theme. Activities are designed to address each child's developmental needs while encouraging curiosity, fostering love of the natural world, and developing the whole child.

Thematic Learning
 
Nature-focused themes are used to integrate our core curriculum areas. For example, when studying insects, the children will act out the life cycle of a dragonfly and fly through the forest for creative movement. Investigative, quantitative and analytical skills will be developed as we compare, count and study terrestrial and aquatic insects. Teachers model careful treatment of nature and of the creatures that we examine and release back to their natural habitat. When out of the woods and back in the classroom, we extend our learning and creativity in various ways such as painting an insect at the art station or creating an insect story as a language art activity.
 

Program
 
Polliwog Preschool is a multi-age program for children ages 3 to 5. Maximum class size is 12 students, with a minimum of 2 teachers in each class.
 
Session Options
 
Our program runs from mid-September to early June. Children may be enrolled in one of the following sessions:
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 1 – 4 p.m.

General Daily Schedule

  • 9 - 9:15 a.m. -  Transition: Greet teachers and friends, free play
  • 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.  - Morning Circle: Introduction to the day's theme, weather, calendar, sharing time
  • 9:30 - 11 a.m.  - Outdoor Exploration: Exploration and play on the trails. Theme-focused activities and nature study. Snack. (weather permitting)
  • 11 - 11:45 a.m. -  Indoor Activity Time: Extension activities including: sensory, art, math and literacy stations.
  • 11:45 - 12 p.m. - Closing Circle: Reflections, songs, stories.
  • 12 p.m. - Pick-up


Enrollment and Tuition for 2014-2015 School Year

 
Enrollment
 
Registration for the upcoming school year is now open. Applications for enrollment can be mailed or dropped off to Mercer Slough January 25 - February 7. Your child must be 3 and no older than 4 by August 31, 2014 to register.
 
Families will be notified of their enrollment status by February 14.
 
Tuition
 
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. sessions
Tuition is $2,025 for September 2014 - June 2015. Full tuition payment is encouraged prior to the first day of preschool each year. Families may pay tuition in nine monthly installments of $225 per month via credit card or check. A $225 non-refundable deposit is due when registering your child. The deposit will cover your May/June tuition or be subtracted from your single payment as appropriate.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. session
Tuition is $2,970 for September 2014 - June 2015. Full tuition is encouraged prior to the first day of preschool each year. Families may pay tuition in nine monthly installments of $330 per month via credit card or check. A $330 non-refundable deposit is due when registering your child. The deposit will cover your May/June tuition or be subtracted from your single payment as appropriate.