The Growing Tree North provides year round 2,3,4, or 5 day programs from 7:00am to 6:00pm for Infants - Pre-Kindergarten children.
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Our Infant programfollows a flexible schedule of daily activities designed to stimulate the cognitive, physical, and social emotional development of our young babies. Our infant program is comprised of warm and experienced teachers who have been caring for growing babies here at the Growing Tree North for over 10 years. Our infant teachers hold special degrees that focus on the unique development of Infants and work hard each day ensuring each baby's health, safety and happiness. Together families and their classroom teachers collaborate, personalizing the program to meet their individual needs. Clickhereto read more about our infant program!
Center Based Program
Children will be introduced to Growing Tree’s center based program, offering children the opportunity to choose and move between multiple learning experiences. This promotes the children’s sense of self and helps them to develop personal opinions as they choose what and where they want to play and learn. Centers also enable teachers to work with children in small group settings. This increases the personalized attention each child receives and enables teachers to differentiate learning experiences to appropriately challenge each child individually. Centers serve as a great time for children to engage in hands on learning and explore foundations needed for the development of mathematical knowledge.
Every day our children experience….
Story Time: Children will strengthen their listening skills and boost their love for literacy through daily story times.
Nursery Rhyme & Finger Plays: The children will practice gaining control over their fingers and hands through their daily exploration of themed inspired finger plays and nursery rhymes.
Creative Art Experiences: The children will tap into their creative sides expressing themselves with a daily exploration of art becoming exposed to a wide variety of artistic methods, tools, and materials. Besides their daily art time, children will have the opportunity to strengthen their trunk muscles through easel painting.
Sensory Experiences: The children learn about the world through the use of all their senses and by using their whole bodies. Every Growing Tree Classroom is equipped with a sensory table in which teachers will feel with a variety of sensory engaging materials such as, dried oatmeal or colored rice.
Fine Motor Development: Every day during play and center times, toddlers will have access to a wide variety of manipulatives that strengthen fine motor and problem solving skills.
Science Room Experiences: Each day, classes visit our science room to explore fun science related topics. Children will work with live animals, magnets, weights and scales, experience fun science experiments, and much more.
Children’s Library Visits: The children will visit to the children’s library to have literary experiences. The children will listen to stories told in a variety of forms ranging from book reading, puppet shows, felt board activates, and much more.
Gross Motor Development:At least twice daily, the classes visit either the playground or gymnasium to run, jump, climb, and challenge their balance and large muscle coordination skills.
Large Muscle Development
Each day children will be provided with fun physical challenges, action songs, and games that will build coordination, balance, and muscle strength. Little ones will develop both gross motor and fine motor skills as they squeeze, tear, roll, toss, catch, hug, hop, twist, run, and much more!
Children will be actively involved in activities that support cause-and-effect relationships and problem solving to develop foundational skills for lifelong learning. Each week, children will have a range of activity choices that will give little ones plenty of opportunities to express creativity, solve child-sized problems, and develop curiosity.
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Music & Art 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, play dough, and clay. Small motor skills are also enhanced through the use of scissors and sewing activities. Classroom teachers incorporate music and movement throughout the day utilizing songs, finger plays, and musical games. Classrooms have rhythm instruments for the teacher and children to use.
Our children will be immersed in a language-rich environment essential for developing both receptive and expressive language skills. Children will be introduced to high-interest books, stories, songs, poems, and chants that will amuse and delight toddlers. Vocabulary words are introduced and reinforced weekly through activity integration, colorful photo cards, and sign language to support all learning modalities. Story Time includes modeled dialog and follow-up story discussions
Weekly Learning Themes
The children will learn weekly social studies and science themes highlighting calendar related events, cultural differences, holidays, and topics pulled from the exploration of the natural world around us. The teacher present each day's lessons using fun and engaging techniques such as, puppets, pictures, props, experience charts, music and finger plays! These engaging lessons will begin to strengthen the children’s self-regulatory skills as they practice gathering and focusing their attention for short periods of time. These themes will be tied into their daily story time, weekly songs and fingerplays, daily art projects, outdoors games, dramatic play, and hand-on learning center choices. Some themes your child will experience this year will include, but are not limited to, an all about me unit, friendship unit, seasonal theme units, historical units, as well as scientific units such as, dinosaurs, space, animals, and insect investigations.
Social Emotional Development
Our program places a special emphasis on social emotional development because learning best evolves through relationships and responsive care giving. Children will build confidence, learn impulse control, and develop social skills while caregiver’s build trusting relationships with children through one-on-one, partner, and small-group interactions.
Differentiated Instruction: Children in the early childhood years are at many different developmental levels of growth. Children also vary in culture, language, motivation, abilities, and interests. All children can learn effectively regardless of these differences. Our highly qualified teaching staff ensures that the individual needs of all learners are met by offering modifications for less mature learners and more challenging activities for ready learners.