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Discovery Tree Schools

7545 Tad Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

(916) 726-0661


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"While our philosophy is based upon theories from many experts in the field of early childhood development, the teachings of Magda Gerber and Jean Piaget are our primary influences. Magda Gerber, a pioneer in the field of infant and toddler development, stresses the home and childcare continuum. According to Gerber, in the parents' absence, the child needs adults who will both nurture and educate them. This individual approach is reflected in our Infant/Toddler Program. Jean Piaget's stages of development are represented in both the Pre-school and School-age Programs. Our staff is educated and trained in developmentally appropriate practices, that are geared to meet the needs of each child. Respect for the individual is one of the most important aspects of our program, as well as fostering a strong sense of confidence, identity and self-worth.
Discovery Tree creates a learning environment that, along with being non-violent and non-sexist, also presents and respects diversity of ethnic and cultural viewpoints. We seek to create a balance between adult directed times and independent choices and exploration. We believe that happy, healthy and confident children are successful children. Therefore, the child's social, emotional, and physical development are as important as academic learning. In addition to offering children freedom of choice, we also promote participation in group activities. We believe that children learn cooperation and positive social skills through group participation.
Excerpted from the preschool's website