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Treebrook Preschool

3217 Shamrock Dr
Iowa City, IA 52245-5131

(319) 354-5465


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We value and respect each child. We take an interest in all aspects of children's development, both at home and at school. It is our hope that we may work closely with parents in helping their children achieve their full potential, while letting them develop at their own pace. Parent participation is welcomed and appreciated.
Some objectives we feel are important for the children at Treebrook Preschool are:
To have fun playing and learning with other children of their own age group
To grow toward an understanding of the world they live in and encourage their natural curiosity
To prepare the children for kindergarten
To feel free to express themselves creatively
To learn to share, take turns, listen to others and cooperate
To help them realize their own importance as individuals
To develop their large and small muscles
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:45 - Preschool Begins
8:50 - 9:20 The Sharing Circle (group activity)
We sing "Hello Everybody" greeting song. Each day one child shares his or her thematic project for the month. We also discuss or sing a song about the weather, the season, or days of the week.
9:20 - 11:20 Small Group Experiences
The class is divided into two groups according to developmental age. The children spend about an hour in each the structured group and the free choice group.
A. Miss Carol's Group:
We have a storytime related to the monthly theme. Various elements of the stories are discussed. There will be literature extension activities across the curriculum, i.e., music and movement, math and science, social studies activities, early literacy. Many areas of learning are taught through music activities, where we sing, play instruments, learn to keep the steady beat, listen to classical and other styles of music and play singing games.
B. Free Choice Time
Children are by nature active learners. They like to touch, feel, explore, and manipulate objects in many ways, and to engage in parallel and cooperative play with others. In order to meet each individual child's developmental needs, children are encouraged and supported in a process of making responsible choices for play, for play is the work of children. It is their way of learning about their world. Therefore, they plan with the assistant what they would like to do. She can help them to extend their ideas in increasingly more complicated ways, while encouraging new skills and posing new challenges. The assistant offers supplies and materials for the children at the art table. Often, children will do an activity based on Preschool Power! TM or a thematic project. In nice weather this time could be spent outside.
11:20 - 11:45 Circle Time
Reflection of the Day/Good-Bye Song/Outdoor Play
11:45 Preschool Ends

Excerpted from the preschool's website