Due to COVID-19 our 2020-21 program is fully outdoors
and we are following WA State and King County health and safety guidance.
SWEET HONEYBEE PRESCHOOL
ABOUT OUR PRESCHOOL
Sweet Honeybee Preschool is a nature-based program inspired by Waldorf and Reggio Emilia. We emphasize learning through exploration and play. Our class is comprised of mixed aged children ranging from 2.5-5 years of age. Our student to teacher ratio is 6:1. We are tucked away in a residential neighborhood in the Fremont area of Seattle. We offer morning preschool Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm September-May and loosely follow the Seattle School district break schedule.
Part of our day is spent to outside exploring and using sensory materials to build, create, and discover the magic of the natural world around us. Our time indoors is spent prepping meals and baking, doing art, and incorporating seasonal stories, songs, and movement. We value toys and materials that are made from natural fibers such as wood, silk, beeswax, and wool. Throughout the day we provide meaningful activities that foster a sense of purpose, connection, imagination, creativity, and wonder. Year round we frequent neighboring parks/green spaces. We host seasonal events for our preschool families to build community and connect with one another.
VALUES ~ PHILOSOPHY ~ CURRICULUM
At Sweet Honeybee Preschool....
*We BELIEVE each child is a valuable contributor.
*We OFFER problem solving tools and guidance to support children in feeling successful socially.
*We ALLOW space for children to independently explore, create, and work through challenges.
*We OBSERVE children's needs and interests, and use them to guide learning.
*We let NATURE be our classroom, our teacher, and our materials in which we build our foundation for learning.
*We invite a sense of WONDER and IMAGINATION each day.
*We share our love and appreciation of NATURE.
*We work with our hands to CREATE.
*We see children as VALUABLE guides in teaching us what they need and how they learn best.
Sweet Honeybee Preschool uses a play-based curriculum. Our goal is to strengthen social emotional learning, support independence while still being part of a community, and to deepen children’s natural curiosity and excitement for exploration and discovery. We emphasize the importance of daily rhythms, use seasonal themes with songs, rhymes, and stories, and spend time each day outdoors activating all our senses through gardening and nature play. We also incorporate aspects of literacy, number sense, and STEM concepts into our daily activities.
“Play is the work of childhood.” ~ Fred Rogers
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."
-Mark Van Doren