Our Camp Long location provides a special learning space filled with cedar groves, ponds, trails and meadows. Our students enjoy the occasional deer and salamander sightings, too! Several principles that guide our work include building a sense of curiosity and wonder, cultivating civic engagement and stewardship, and using natural materials. We are immersed in the changes from season to season. In the fall, students count colorful tree leaves. In the winter, students stay warm through active games and adventures exploring the incredible park features, including the great climbing rock formations! Nature activates students’ curiosity and imagination, and our educators structure healthy risk-taking and risky play opportunities using the natural materials and spaces in the park. Students welcome spring as they notice and learn about new plants, like the blooming salal berries.
At Tiny Trees, we use a Place-Based Learning (PBL) approach to developing curriculum. Through observation and activities, students develop a knowledge and appreciation of the plants and animals in our shared spaces. Our teachers work to scaffold students’ understanding of stewardship, connection to place and human impact on nature. We develop opportunities for students to learn about our surrounding neighborhoods and communities, and to build community connections and partnerships. We are also grateful for our relationship with the onsite park staff.
Our outdoor classroom provides numerous learning opportunities and ample materials to inspire imagination and curiosity. Students learn about the animals in our shared spaces, how to harvest herbs and make tea, and visit special park features like the trails and cedar groves. Students conduct their own experiments, hear and share stories, play with quantities and numbers, and engage with symbols, letters and ideas. Using the evidence-based HighScope curriculum as our framework, our teachers construct their daily plans by focusing on activities that strengthen students’ skills and lessons that align with students’ interests. To learn more about our programming, curriculum and tools that support our work, please visit our Curriculum Page.
Tiny Trees Preschool is a partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
A big thank you to all of the park staff & community allies who have made this school possible.