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Crooked Tree Child Development Center

600 North Division Road
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone:
(231) 439-9163

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY Crooked Tree Child Development Center is dedicated to providing a nurturing, caring and stimulating educational opportunity to all children. This is done through our unique combination of a Montessori curriculum and a fully integrated sign language program. We believe that respect of all people is essential to life and that positive self-esteem is basic to learning. We strive to provide an environment that supports the developmental processes of the children.
We believe
. . . education involves the whole person - emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically.
. . . in the worth and dignity of each individual.
. . . that respect of all people is essential to life.
. . . positive self-esteem is basic to learning.
. . . a prepared environment positively affects learning.
. . . education is a developmental process, based on life experiences.
. . . children learn more effectively in an environment of collaboration and cooperation.
. . . the school and the family must work in harmony to be successful.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Before School Care: quiet activities that prepare the classroom for the day
8:30 - 11:15 am. Morning Programs: children work with materials, have lessons & eat snack;
Infants/Toddlers have outdoor and/or gross motor play mid-morning
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. Outdoor and/or gross motor play for Preschool/Kindergarten;
Lunch time for Toddlers
11:50 - 12:00 p.m. Dismissal for Morning programs
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Afternoon program begins with outdoor play;
Lunch for AM Preschool/Kindergarten children; Nap time begins for toddlers
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Nap time for Toddlers and AM Preschool; Children rejoin classroom upon awakening
3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Dismissal for Extended Day programs
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. After School Care: snack, outside and indoor play with games, puzzles, blocks, etc.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website