"The Lemon Tree Preschool uses thematic units as the primary philosophy in the development of cirriculum. This thematic unit philosophy is implemented in a comfortable, and inviting environment with a low student / teacher ratio. The thematic unit approach uses the concept of a “unit” for each preschool week. These units focus the classroom activities on many different topics, ranging from the ocean to community helpers.
The Developmentally Appropriate Approach:
The Lemon Tree Preschool uses a developmentally appropriate approach to preschool education. This approach consists of three major priciniples.
Gross motor activities include interactive games, dancing and outdoor play. Fine motor activities include practical life skills (buttons, zippers, etc.), pouring, beading and puzzle assembly activities.
The Lemon Tree Preschool emphasizes age appropriate subject matter in the cirriculum development. The Lemon Tree teaches children about speech and the written word. The cirriculum at the Lemon Tree also includes exposing children to the world around them including nature, their community, and the roles of community helpers.
Children attending the Lemon Tree learn individual and group problem solving skills and the ability to think critically.
Parents sending their child(ren) to the Lemon Tree Preschool can expect their child to achieve greater success in an elementary school setting. The classroom setting at the Lemon Tree fosters self-expression and builds the child's confidence for the transition to Kindergarten. In addition to classroom success, children attending the Lemon Tree will build and maintain friendships more easily than if they didn’t attend preschool. Cognitively, Lemon Tree Preschool students acquire the ability to develop independent, new ideas and approach complex problems with confidence.
Excerpted from the preschool's website