Goals and Objectives
- To encourage your child’s natural curiosity and wonder in learning
- To learn effective social skills to develop a positive relationship with others
- To help your child master the skills needed for kindergarten
Learning Tree builds on the foundations of the Letter of the Week curriculum learned in the three year-old program to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten and their academic adventures ahead.
Learning Tree Preschool provides a warm, nurturing, and happy environment for your Pre-K child in which to learn and practice these important early academic skills.
Our Pre-K children learn a variety of social and emotional skills. They learn to express individuality by making independent decisions. They learn to recognize and describe a wide range of feelings, including happiness, sadness and empathy. Our teachers foster positive interaction with other children and adults. These are difficult skills. Our teachers know this, and they give our children lots of guidance, encouragement, and positive feedback.
Our Pre-K teachers foster a love of reading and language through many fun and engaging age-appropriate activities. These include story time, fingerplays, sequencing cards, and authoring and acting out stories. Alphabet activities based on the Fundations program allow children to review capital and lowercase letters and their sounds, and the children build a solid foundation of sight words throughout the year.
Our Pre-K children learn an understanding of numbers and numerical operations, including counting and one-to-one correspondence, pattern recognition, shape recognition, and problem solving through both structured activities and unstructured play.
Children need strong fine motor skills for proper pencil grip and control. At Learning Tree we help foster fine motor development through activities that are fun and age-appropriate. They include painting, drawing, tracing, as well as pencil and paper activities including mazes, dot-to-dots and independently writing their names and letters.
Children are natural scientists – always curious, and eager to find answers. Our teachers provide children with a variety of hands–on science experiments including planting, color diffusion, baking soda volcanos, and hatching insects, just to name a few.
Sample Daily Schedule
9:00 – 9:10 AM – Arrival:
Children hang up coats and bags, wash hands and sit at the tables to engage in socializing with friends while using pencils, markers, crayons, and paper or manipulatives.
9:10 – 9:30 AM – First Circle:
Morning message, calendar, weather, music and movement songs, story time, and discussion of the letter of the week and activities for the day.
9:30 – 10:30 AM – Free Play:
Children choose among activities and centers provided by the teacher for that particular day. Each child participates in the craft project and practicing fine motor and cognitive skills with the teacher.
10:30 – 10:45 AM– Cleanup Time:
Everyone works together putting toys and art supplies away
10:45 – 11:00 AM – Snack
11:00 – 11:15 AM – Gross Motor Activities:
Playground or movement activities indoors in the case of inclement weather
11:15 – 11:30 AM – Second Circle:
Story time, music activities, and other group learning activities
11:30 – Dismissal
Learning Tree Preschool is a non-profit, integrated auxiliary of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank. We are an Early Childhood Learning Center licensed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, and Bureau of Licensing. Learning Tree Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, or disability in the processes of admissions, educational programs or employment.