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The Learning Tree

364 East Barstow Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone:
(559) 439-8143

Website:

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We have been serving the Fresno/Clovis area since October 1974

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our Mission and Philosophy The mission of The Learning Tree is to provide a quality Christian program for children six weeks to twelve years old. Our philosophy is committed to providing a safe, warm, stable, nurturing Christian environment that fosters the spiritual, social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children. Our mission and philosophy are accomplished: • By prayer, bible stories, and chapel; • By a flexible program with a daily routine; • By offering a nutritious breakfast , lunch, and afternoon snack; • By a balance of activities (science, art, dramatic play, audio, manipulatives, outdoor and indoor play) What these areas teach are: • Guidance and spirituality; • Communication skills, formation of table manners, nutrition; • Exploration and creative/self-expression; • Cognitive development and muscular coordination; • Large and fine motor skills; • Listening skills and individuality

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers go beyond the extra mile when working with the children. They challenge them if they are excelling students and they take extra time with them if they are having difficulties.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Learning Tree is a ministry of Hope Lutheran Church, committed to providing a safe, warm, stable, nurturing Christian environment that fosters the spiritual, social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children.

Christian Curriculum consists of bible stories, prayer, and chapel. Self –direction and independence are encouraged through child and adult initiated activities in small and large groups.

A Typical Day

Children and parents are greeted each morning and we gather for morning assembly to start our day off in singing and prayer. Each classroom has there daily circle time, with teaching times and their own assigned outside play time. Children eat in our own school cafeteria with all meals cooked on the site.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication with our parents is very important. We give courtesy calls to our parents. Schedule meetings as needed. We also have offered parenting education classes. We have open house so this allows parents to see what the children have accomplished and allows the parents to visit with the staff as well as other parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We always reassure the child that their parents love them and that they will be picked up at the end of the day. We encourage the parents to say good bye to them and not sneak out of the classroom. A teacher will usually stand at the window with them so they can wave good bye.