3 - 4 Years
Our Maples class has developmentally appropriate toys, materials, and activities to help lay the foundation for intellectual development and academic achievements. Learning Tree Daycare believes in center-based learning, which allows your child to learn and discover on his/her own time table. Lesson plans are developed by the daycare teacher to provide your child with everything needed for the future.Schedule a Tour Enroll
Meet Your Maple
- They live in that wonderful place of being little and sweet and inquisitive and grow before our eyes in every way!
- They are exuberant about their family including their siblings and extended family, their friends and pets and just can’t wait to explore the world!
- Like other preschoolers their emotions are felt with intensity but these small kiddos remember everything!
- Now mommy and daddy can finally hear from their little one exactly how the day was!
- We love, love our Maples and the way they balance being young with growing up!
- This is a year to treasure at preschool because they are learning and growing so quickly. They aren’t ready for the more structured Pre-Kindergarten classroom, but boy do they think they are! So taking a cue from them, we really beef up our program to nurture and stimulate, support and ground!
Before Starting in the Maple classroom:
- I am mostly potty trained with occasional accidents.
- I am able to dress and undress myself relating to potty training and sweaters, jackets and shoes.
- I can find my belongings in my cubby including my bag, show and tell item, and outerwear.
- I know how to care for toys and daycare classroom materials such as manipulatives, blocks, paint, brushes and books.
- I am learning to use scissor, markers and messy art materials like paint, playdough and love the water and sand table!
- I have reasonable table manners and can wait while friends are being served, use a cup without a sippy lid and eat my food appropriately- I love messy food still!
- I can clean up after myself after snacks and meals, I love to be a table helper and serve snacks and juice to classmates; although getting to wipe the spills from the table is even more fun!
- I know not to put dangerous things like scissors or markers in my mouth and try to remember proper safety precautions like walking inside the childcare classroom.
- I can wash my hands by myself.
- I love to look at books and am working on turning pages correctly and taking care of the book binding and cover.
- I can articulate my needs and can help my friends express themselves- preschool drama is my thing!
- I love to help the preschool teacher and getting a turn for daycare classroom jobs is a highlight of my day!
- Emotionally I want caring adults and childcare teachers nearby as I challenge myself to try new things away from Mommy and Daddy- consistent caregivers is a priority at Learning Tree.
- I’m learning to name my feelings to help my daycare teachers and family understand my feelings.
- I may resist nap time, but I need it! I can self soothe and usually go to sleep with just a little help.
- I’m pretty goofy and love the school traditions such as our lunch and snack poem, the funny rhymes we say when lining up.
Our recipe for a successful Maple classroom:
- Experienced and certified childcare teachers and caregivers plan a variety of fun and creative activities designed to help your Maple grow in every way: social, emotional, physical and cognitive.
- Make your child’s day nurturing, challenging and successful using our award winning curriculum and a balance between quiet and active play, preschool teacher guided and child initiated activities, just enough of a challenge in each content area to unlock new skills but not frustrate.
- A structured curriculum calendar provides specific guidelines for preschool teachers to plan for their individual children and the class as a whole - you’ll receive some topics in our newsletter to use as a reference and for talking points about your child’s day.
- Content areas for Maples: math and science, literacy, literature, centers and free choice exploration, sensory motor, gross and fine motor skills, yoga, gardening, art and music appreciation to name a few.
- Communication is essential: Smartcare’s virtual dialy notes are sent to parents throughout the day and include pictures, specific daycare classroom activities and skills being introduced and sometimes a fun video.
Goals for the Maples Classroom:
Through the use of a great curriculum, supportive teachers, friends, and great parents, by the time your Maple leaves the classroom they will have:
- Recognizes own name and some of his classmates’ names
- Strong peer interactions and improved social skills although threes are most comfortable with adult assistance in solving peer problems
- Improved patience when taking turns, attention from the teacher and sharing super fun toys and materials
- Strong and articulate communicator who is ready for the second part of Preschool!
- Greatly improved physical skills such as running and climbing- less top heavy and uncoordinated which gives them confidence!
- Trike riding is now super fun because he can steer and pump simultaneously and we learn bike safety too!
- Maples are getting control of themselves including managing their voice levels and recognizing and repeating funny sayings, poems and silly songs- there’s nothing cuter than a Maple singing at the top of their lungs!
- Is interested and capable of solving puzzles and attempts simple logical reasoning activities such as understanding a whole can be separated into parts and then put back together.
- Basic letter, number and sound recognition.
- Understanding of childcare classroom routine and rules.
- Has formed interests in specific content area (science, math, building, language arts and literature).
Our Maples program offers a full time option only for $200.00 per week.
- Blanket: No larger than standard "throw" and must fit in cubby
- Crayons: 1 Box of Jumbo Crayons
- Elmer's Glue: Girls
- Glue Sticks: 2 Sticks
- Markers (washable): 1 pack of fat and 1 pack of thin markers
- Washable Finger Paints: Girls - Primary Colors; Girls - Secondary Colors
- Paint set, water color, 8 basic colors
- Clear Pencil Box
- Safety Scissors
- Plastic Container: Shoebox sized
- Tissues: Three 200 ct. boxes
- Trash Bags: two packs of 13 gal.
- Baby Wipes: 3 Packs for classroom use
- Clorox Wipes
- Ziplocks: 2 boxes gallon size
|7:00 AM - 8:30 AM||Arrival/Free Choice/Routine Care|
|8:30 AM - 9:00 AM||Free Choice/Optional Teacher Directed Activity|
|9:00 AM - 9:45 AM||Wash Hands/Morning Snack/Free Choice/Routine Care|
|9:45 AM - 10:30 AM||Circle Time/Routine Care|
|10:30 AM - 11:00 AM||Outside Play/Learning Time|
|11:15 AM - 11:50 AM||Wash Hands/Routine Care/Lunch Time|
|11:50 AM - 12:45 PM||Small Group Time/Routine Care|
|12:45 PM - 1:00 PM||Mats Down|
|1:00 PM - 3:00 PM||Rest Time/Quiet Free Time|
|3:00 PM - 3:30 PM||Wash Hands/Routine Care/Afternoon Snack|
|3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||Free Choice/Visitor Activities|
|4:15 PM - 5:00 PM||Outside Play|
|5:00 PM - 5:30 PM||Activity/Free Choice/Routine Care|
|5:30 PM||Center Closed|
Routine care is done on an individual schedule or as needed. Diapering is done every 1.5 to 2 hours or as needed.
If we can't go outside then physical activites will be provided in the classroom. Such as a pop-up tunnel, music and movement, dramatic play, blocks, obstacles, etc.
Activity will include music, art, manipulative, story time, reading, writing, and math tasks.