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Treehouse

16 Agua Way
San Francisco, CA 94127

Phone:
(415) 661-4745

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The curriculum is rich on experiential learning with a heavy emphasis on hands-on activities like arts and crafts. The curriculum is thematically structured though free play is available at all times. Children are grouped by age and individual ability levels to participate in structured activities designed to promote interest and learning in the following areas: pre-reading, math and science, socio-emotional development, storytelling, dramatic art, and music.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Treehouse has a developmental approach to preschool education that provides opportunities for child-centered, hands-on learning and socialization in an intimate setting. Art, music, movement, storytelling, role playing, field trips, and physical activity are mainstays of the program.

A Typical Day

8:00-9:45 am: Arrivals, greeting and goodbyes. Free choice from the following creative centers: drawing & coloring, sensory table; listening center, blocks and manipulatives, book corner, dramatic play and dress-ups, puppets, computer, math and language games. Snack.

10:00 am: Outdoor and Active Play. Climbing, running, jumping, water and sand play, sensory table, easel painting, gardening, tumbling, bouncy balls, and other cooperative learning activities. Optional gymnastics classes and swimming (when available).

10:30 Morning Group Time. Small groups work with teacher in language arts, pre-math, and art on a rotating basis while the other children continue outdoor play and art or cooking projects. Curriculum groups are age-and skill-based; learning activities are developmentally appropriate. Free choice centers continue to be available. Weekly enrichment classes in creative movement, music, and storytelling with our Creative Arts Specialists also take place during this time.

11:15: Morning Circle. Singing, calendar, thematic-based games and language activities in large and small groups to maximize fun and learning; twice-weekly sharing/Show & Tell.

11:45: Lunch. Children bring lunch from home to picnic together outdoors, weather permitting. This is an opportunity to share relaxed time together and to promote socialization.

12:45: Rest Time. Quiet activities such as listening center, puzzles, books, story tapes and quiet games. Napping area available as needed.

1:30: Indoor/Outdoor Free Play Time. Non-structured free play for no-nappers.

3:00: Short Day Pick-Up Time

3:05: Afternoon Circle. Singing, calendar, thematic-based games and language activities in large and small groups to maximize fun and learning; twice-weekly sharing/Show & Tell.

3:30: Snack.

3:45: Outdoor and Active Play. Climbing, running, jumping, water and sand play, sensory table, easel painting, gardening, tumbling, bouncy balls, and other cooperative learning activities.

4:15: Afternoon Group Time. Small groups work with teacher in language arts, pre-math, and art on a rotating basis while the other children continue outdoor play and art or cooking projects. Curriculum groups are age-and skill-based; learning activities are developmentally appropriate. Free choice centers continue to be available. Weekly enrichment classes in creative movement, music, and storytelling with our Creative Arts Specialists also take place during this time.

5:00 Mini-Snack. An end-of-day fruit or veggie pick-me-up.

5:15 Day's-End Activities. Sticker art, bean bag games, parachute, free play.

5:45 Prepare for Home; Full Day Pick-Up Time

6:00: School closes.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The closing teacher communicates daily with parents. The school director also does phone meetings and at least one formal conference per year, more if need be. The director has also prepared evaluation sheets for the children, particularly for the children who are graduating.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on