Polliwog Environmental Ed Preschool

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Basic Information

Address: 1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone Number: 425-450-0207
Director: Amanda Mintz

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Additional Information

Causes Served: early learning, environmental education
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Preschool
Ages for Volunteer: 18
Hours of Service: weekday mornings
Minimum Hours Required: 4
Days of Service: Monday - Friday
Mission Statement:

Polliwog Preschool, at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, is a play-based and multi-aged school year program 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 developmental needs of early learners, while encouraging curiosity and fostering a love of nature and learning.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Polliwog Preschool 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.

Polliwog Preschool uses nature as the guiding theme to frame our core curriculum areas of science, art, music, math, language and literacy. For example, when studying insects, children act out the life cycle of a dragonfly and fly through the forest for creative movement. Investigative, quantitative and analytical skills are developed as we compare, count and study terrestrial and aquatic insects. Teachers model careful treatment of nature and the creatures we examine are released back into 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 History:

Partnership with the Pacific Science Center and City of Bellevue



Additional Information:

GENERAL DAILY SCHEDULE •9-9:15 a.m. -- Transition: Greet teachers and classmates, free play •9:15-9:30 a.m. -- Morning Circle: Introduce the day's theme, weather, calendar, sharing time •9:30-11 a.m. -- Outdoor exploration, play on the trails (weather permitting), themed activities and nature study, then a snack •11-11:45 a.m. -- Indoor extension activities: sensory, art, math and literacy stations •11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. -- Closing Circle: Reflections, songs, stories •12 p.m. -- Pick-up