Every Child Deserves a Clean and Safe WorldWe provide an environment meant to exceed accreditation and licensing guidelines in nutrition, health and safety. We teach children to become positive role models in their community and educate them on the importance of treating others and the earth with respect.
You Are Our FamilyToo often childcare centers have a set of policies and procedures that dictate what parents can and cannot do. Here at The Learning Tree, we pride ourselves on saying what we CAN do. We take each parent’s request and accommodate it to the best of our ability. If you need something… just ask and we will do what we can.
Developing a Love of LearningWe want your children to grow into individuals who love learning. We are conscious of each of the children’s learning styles. This ensures that children are learning in their own way and in their own time which makes learning fulfilling instead of “work”.
The Learning Tree strives to meet all your weekday child care needs. We offer the following programs. Click on a program title for an introduction to each of our programs.
“Children and adults learn best through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events and ideas.” This is the basis of the Highscope curriculum, which The Learning Tree was excited to adopt as a part of our centers in 2013. Highscope Curriculum has been validated by years of research and is a preferred quality curriculum recommended by the State of Michigan. Each day, when your children attend the Learning Tree, they are experiencing a program that has complete teaching practices, defined content areas, and assessment tools for each age group. So, what does all of this mean?
The Highscope Curriculum encompasses the classroom environment and learning materials, the daily routine and the way teachers engage in the children’s learning.
Our curriculum begins with the layout of the classroom, the room is arranged by different areas and those areas are specifically placed in the classroom. Science can be found by a window, loud centers are near other loud centers and the children have plenty of room to work in their areas.
When it comes to the learning materials in the centers, real and natural materials are the focus. The Learning Tree had already eliminated many plastic items but when we switched to High Scope, we got rid of even more. Wooden and natural items make up many of our centers. Thanks to parents, we have classrooms filled with donated real items to make the learning centers more life-like for the children.
When it comes to the daily routine, High Scope curriculum is very easy for children and teachers alike. Each day, children will explore in large group, small groups, work time, outside time, in addition to meal and nap times. The routine while flexible if necessary, is predictable and the children will know what to expect each day. One of the biggest parts of work time is a process called plan-do-review. In this process, children plan what they will be doing during work time, doing the work, and then at the end of work time, recalling with their teachers and classmates what they have done. This process gives meaning to their play and helps extend the value of their play. Additionally, with their plans in mind, the teachers are working alongside the children to scaffold their learning.
While the children are engaged in their large group, small groups and work time, The Learning Tree teachers are busy, too. Highscope’s curriculum covers eight different content areas and our teachers are constantly implementing their lesson plans and taking anecdotal notes as the children go about their days. These anecdotal notes are later imported into each child’s online assessment portfolio and teachers can monitor how each child is progressing!
The Highscope Curriculum offers children the opportunity for hands-on learning each and every day and the teachers have the freedom to plan lesson plans based on the children’s interest and choices.