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Apple Tree Children's Center

1 Salmon Brook Street
Granby, CT 06035

(860) 844-8066


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program is designed to gently stimulate children to reach their full potential, to approach each developmental milestone with enthusiasm, persistence, and joy. Our job is to make sure that each child has numerous successful experiences every day to foster a positive self-concept and to insure a lifelong love of learning.

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
  • counting items, scales
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
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
  • 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:

We use the Creative Curriculum which is a high quality early childhood program that promotes healthy development which leads to positive outcomes. We use this in conjunction with the CT Preschool Assessment Framework.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers assess the children on a regular basis and if at any time they feel there is an issue that needs to be addressed the will have a conference with the parents. The teachers will also challenge those children who are a bit ahead of their peers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our schools capture the essence of the home setting for children. Our purpose is to provide children with the same type and quality of experience that they have at home and to enhance those experiences by capitalizing on the child's remarkable receptivity to new learning. In doing so each child's uniqueness is taken into consideration, as they are loved, cared for, cuddled, and stimulated to grow and learn.
We know that no one has more information or knowledge about a child than his or her own parents. Therefore, families are a critical part of the teaching team. We take great care in gathering data about each child's temperament, schedule and preferences. With this data, teachers plan each child's day to ensure that individual needs are met and that each child is encouraged to grow and learn at their own pace and interest. Communication is a vital part of our relationship with parents.
Our program is designed to gently stimulate children to reach their full potential and to approach each developmental milestone with enthusiasm, persistence, and joy. Our job is to make sure that each child has numerous successful experiences every day to foster a positive self-concept and to ensure a lifelong love of learning.
We believe our teachers need to know and understand how children grow and learn. When teachers know developmental growth patterns, they can anticipate developmental needs and create environments and activities that encourage emergent skills without frustration, fear or failure.
To accomplish these goals, we have established a people-oriented organization. We hire the best teachers and train them thoroughly before they assume the full responsibility for teaching. Our philosophy is built on valuing each and every employee's contribution. We continue to facilitate professional growth by careful and constant supervision, ongoing training, and regular evaluation. We are � The Early Education Professionals!
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7:00-9:00 Opening activities/Learning Centers
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-9:25 Clean-up/Bathroom break/Hand washing
9:25-9:40 Morning Snack
9:40-10:00 Music & Movement/Transition Activities
10:00-11:00 Learning Center Exploration/Skill building activities
11:00-11:45 Outdoor/Indoor gross motor play
11:45-12:00 Clean-up/Hand washing/Bathroom/Nap prep
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:00 Bathroom break/Hand washing/Quiet transition to cots
1:00-3:00 Nap/Rest time(quiet activities given after an hour)
3:00-3:10 Bathroom break/hand washing/Library time
3:10-3:40 Self Serve Snack/ Interest area play
3:40-4:30 Outdoor/Indoor gross motor play
4:30-5:15 Afternoon Activity/Continue with interest Areas
5:15-5:30 Clean up/Bathroom break/Hand washing
5:30-6:00 Quiet activities/Interest areas/Pikc-up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our teachers conduct Parent/Teacher conferences two times per year to discuss the child's progress and goals they have set for them going forward. The teachers at this time will also discuss any activities the parents can do at home to enhance what is being done at school.
We occassionally conduct open houses and go through our curriculum so that the families can get a feel of how their child's day plays out.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teachers handle separation anxiety in a variety of ways. The teacher will try to distract the child by giving he/she jobs to do, by being the teachers helper or assign a "friend" to the child and that friend will show the child around the classroom. Also at the intake interview prior to the child starting, the teacher asks the parents questions and one of them is how is your child comforted when upset.