Each day the children will engage in periods of FREE PLAYactivities. During this time, each child may select activity centers of interest to them including:
science and nature
Sensory table for pleasant tactile experiences
Creative Art Experiences
ARTS AND CRAFTS provide another creative outlet for each child. Children are free to experiment with a wide variety of art media including paint, watercolors, crayons, markers, glue, paper mache, plaster of Paris, play dough and clay. Small motor skills are also enhanced through scissors and sewing activities.
Music & Movement Experiences
Classroom teachers incorporate MUSIC AND MOVEMENT throughout the day utilizing songs, finger plays and musical games. Classrooms have pianos, auto harps and rhythm instruments for the teacher and children to use.
Story & Social Snack Experiences
The children and teachers travel on exciting imaginary journeys during STORY TIME.
SNACK TIME provides an opportunity to learn about nutrition, sharing and social skills.
Circle Time Learning Experiences
During CIRCLE TIME, the teacher presents the lesson for the day using puppets, pictures, props, experience charts, music and finger plays. Thematic units taught during the year include seasons, community workers, animals and their habitats, dinosaurs, holidays and much more.
Acedemic Curriculum Experiences
READING AND MATH READINESS skills are taught using developmentally appropriate materials by our dedicated and experienced staff members. Beginning in the Toddler program and continuing into their Pre-K years, the children are exposed to a variety of readiness skills throughout the day. These are enhanced during circle time activities and in our COMPUTER ROOM. Our selection of children's software captures the child's interest while promoting critical thinking and reasoning skills. Pre-kindergarten classes also learn conversational ITALIAN on a weekly basis.
We are so excited to integrate computers in our early childhood education program. Our brand new Apple Computers and I-Pads allow endless learning experiences and resources that meet the exceptional high standards of current technology, media materials, and resources for young children. Computer lessons will be instructed in developmentally appropriate ways based on five fundamental components: computer placement, software selection, teacher interaction, supporting activities, and teacher training/support. Computer time has been proven to be beneficial because computer use:
Introduces educational skills
Teaches spatial and logical skills
Prepares children for future computer use
Increases self-esteem and self-confidence
Boosts problem-solving skills
Stimulates language comprehension
Improves long-term memory and manual dexterity
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Where Children Learn Through Play The Growing Tree Nursery School Family owned and operated since 1979