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Giving Tree

7510 Randolph St
Forest Park, IL 60130-1208

Phone:
(708) 209-1555

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Early childhood education can lay a solid foundation for a child, when the
environment provides stimulation across the developmental domains. It
takes a highly developed curriculum and a quality instructor to assess the
needs of the individual child and to create an optimal learning environment.

Children will develop at different rates and levels across the developmental domains. The rate and quality of growth is determined by the quality of the child’s interaction with the environment and genetic predisposition. Our job as educators is to enhance the interaction with the environment. This is accomplished through learning opportunities initiated by the instructor, with peers and through thoughtful arrangement of the classroom. Environmental enhancement can assist the instructor in promoting the greatest achievement possible.

Enjoying a passion for learning is a quality that must be inherent to early childhood teachers, for their professional growth and the growth of their students. The instructor must have a deep understanding of how children grow and when they learn best. Understanding that children learn both through spontaneous and created play experiences is critical. Teachers need to know when to allow children to be problem solvers, when to step in and offer suggestions for successful medication and when to watch the children
explore and learn independently.

Children also learn when they are invited to become active participants in a community of learners. Children watch and learn from their peers. Maximizing opportunities for children to work cooperatively and individually allows for alternative learning opportunities. Children will develop problem solving skills and yet also be offered individual time for the promotion of self help and coping strategies.

At The Giving Tree, the curriculum is devised with each child’s developmental
needs in mind. Lessons are based on the combination of skills which have been previously learned, new skills that are introduced and then intertwined towards the goal of mastery."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Infant Schedule
6 weeks through 15 months
7:00-8:30 Arrival, Handwash
7:30-8:00 Handwash, breakfast, individual play
8:30-9:00 Play time (teacher and child learning)
(Outside weather permitting)
9:00-9:30 Handwash, AM snack
9:30-11:30 AM nap time
11:30-12:00 Individual playtime
12:00-12:30 Handwash, lunch
12:30-1:30 Puzzles, songs and fingerplays
1:30-2:30 Dance and Music (Outside weather permitting)
2:30-4:30 PM nap
4:30-5:00 Handwash, PM snack
5:00-5:30 Group songs and large motor activities
5:30-6:00 Individual play, stories and clean up

Toddler II
(2—3 year old schedule)
7:00-8:30 Arrival, handwash
7:30-8:00 Handwash, breakfast and individual play
8:30-9:30 Group Play Time
9:30-10:00 Science, math activities
10:00-10:30 Bathroom break, handwash, AM snack
10:30-11:30 Centers: small group learning activities*
11:30-12:00 Bathroom break, individual/group play
12:00-12:30 Handwash, Lunch
12:30-2:30 Quiet time (nap)
2:30-3:00 Quiet Activities, puzzles, books
3:00-3:30 Bathroom Break, handwash and PM snack

Preschool Schedule
7:00-8:30 Arrival, handwash
7:30-8:00 Handwash, breakfast and individual play
8:30-9:30 Group Play Time
9:30-10:00 Science, math activities
10:00-10:30 Bathroom break, handwash, AM snack
10:30-11:30 Centers: small group learning activities*
11:30-12:00 Bathroom break, individual/group play
12:00-12:30 Handwash, Lunch
12:30-2:30 Quiet time (nap)
2:30-3:00 Quiet Activities, puzzles, books
3:00-3:30 Bathroom Break, handwash and PM snack
3:30-4:30 Group games and small motor activities
4:30-5:30 Gross Motor Play*
5:30-6:00 Individual play, clean-up
3:30-4:30 Group games and small motor activities
4:30-5:30 Gross Motor Play*
5:30-6:00 Individual play, clean-up"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school