Northacres Park features beautiful hiking trail with old growth trees where your kiddo can steep themselves in nature and forests. Sword ferns and native plants abound in in the winding trails and on the grounds of the park. Northacres is also an Urban Forest Restoration Site with the Green Seattle Partnership. The fall season brings vibrant red and orange leaves on stunning maple trees. Mushrooms pop up along trails and on old stumps. When the months get warmer, a spray garden offers a cool spot for families to take their kiddos before or after class. Convenient drop-off and pick-up within the I-5 corridor.
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 and build piles and forts to play in. In the winter, students stay warm through active games and adventures exploring the incredible park features. During the spring, students listen for different bird calls and learn about the blooming plants in their classroom and during hikes.
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. Our teachers live nearby and appreciate ways to develop opportunities for students to learn about our surrounding neighborhoods and communities, and to build community connections and partnerships.
Our outdoor classroom provides numerous learning opportunities and ample materials to inspire imagination and curiosity. Our students learn about healthy risk-taking and play, how to harvest plants and herbs, and visit special park features like unique trees along the hiking trails. 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 HighSchope curriculum (link) 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 (link).
This Tiny Trees Preschool is a partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
A big thank you to all of the Seattle Parks and Recreation staff & community allies who have made this school possible.