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The Little Tree Preschool

3290 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 652-1609


Providing care for children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old..

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our school provides an environment where the child feels safe to explore, create and express themselves. Their curiosity is nurtured and activities are designed around their needs, interests and strengths. Our approach to learning is to develop the intrinsic motivation young children possess.

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 Social/emotional skills (i.e. self-regulation and conflict resolution), self-help skills, healthy and safe habits, social studies, music and movement lessons, cooking lessons, Spanish lessons, arts & crafts, and soccer classes. Summer swimming activities, too!

From the Director:

We believe children learn best if they feel safe and secure. Therefore, our priority is to promote a kind and respectful environment with warm interactions and appropriately, challenging activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We communicate, daily, with families to discuss their child's development and work together to make their learning experience positive and effective. We use the childs strengths and interests, and merge it with their needs to keep learning fun, challenging and developmentally appropriate.

Conferences are held twice a year to discuss their development more thorougly and home visits are performed to help the teachers and families understand what style of learning and activities the child will best respond to.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The quality of a program is based upon the teachers knowledge of the way children learn and develop. Therefore, we take into consideration the childs needs, strengths, and interests. Next, we implement a program specially catered for the individual child."

To achieve maximum learning children need to feel secure in their environment. They will be given developmentally appropriate learning experiences, which are meaningful to their lives! Children learn best best when it's all about them (ME, ME, ME)!!

We provide safety and secure to ensure the process of learning is fun.

We provide developmently appropriate activities to ensure development of a positive self concept.

We value the family unit by helping each member understand the developing child.

We respect cultural background of each child by planning cultural experiences.

We gently guide children towards self-discipline and encourage exploration and problem solving skills.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

The Little Tree Preschool

Daily Routine

Times and activities may vary to accommodate the individual needs of children.

Meals & Nap time: Children may eat and nap any time throughout the day.

7:00 AM Open/Indoor play - Families and children are greeted and children choose any activity to play.

9:00 AM Arrival: Half-day families and children are greeted and children choose any activity to play.

10:00 AM Academic time - Children split up into groups and participate in teacher-directed activities such as pre-reading, pre-math, and finger plays to reinforce academic subjects.

10:15 AM Snack time - Socializing with friends and practicing good manners.

10:30 AM Outdoor play - Children exercise their bodies by climbing on the jungle gym, riding on tricycles, playing ball, exploring in the sand & water table, or playing child-initiated games.

11:30 AM Group time - Children share what they did, music and movement activity, read aloud, record ideas, or write experience story. In addition, a review of the calendar, weather, and/or special days/announcements.

11:45 AM Lunchtime - Children help prepare the tables for lunch. Time to practice our social skills and nutrition knowledge!

12:30 PM Rest time - Listening to stories and quiet music and falling asleep.

1:30 PM Quiet activities - Children are given quiet activity choices and some children prepare to go home.

2:30 PM Snack - Children serve themselves and enjoy and healthy foods.

3:00 PM Outside play - Fun, fitness, and games!

5:00 PM Choice time - Art, science, or cooking activity!

6:00 PM Quiet time - Group story time.

6:30 PM Closing - See you tomorrow!

This schedule accommodates preschoolers attention span, physical needs, and interests.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer families a handbook with our philosophy, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, with definitions of how children learn, and what we do to as teachers - facilitate. Families are offered conferences, which learning goals are provided with a developmental profile, monthly calendars are sent home, and a parent support group is offered.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is experienced differently for each child. Therefore, each child is "handled" on a case by case basis.