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Peppermint Tree School

1571 Partridge Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Phone:
(732) 929-2500

Website:

Peppermint Tree is a warm, nurturing environment where children enjoy learning through exploration, play, a research-based curriculum, and through our park like grounds. We offer a full or half day Kindergarten, preschool for two year olds and three year olds, and then also a Pre-Kindergarten program. We have a flexible schedule with quarter, half or full days available, with schedules for two days per week through five days per week. We enroll all year long. Our summer program is for two through eleven year olds and includes swimming in our on-site pools, field trips, visitors and lots of choices...fun for all!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

Peppermint Tree is a warm, nurturing environment where children enjoy learning through exploration, play, a research-based curriculum, and through our park like grounds. The great outdoors is a wonderful part of our learning experience, combining nature studies, gardening, and plenty of room for imaginative play. Come visit us to find out why "there's no place like The Peppemint Tree".

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We are the home base of Mr. Scott the Music Man, providing a music and movement curriculum to enhance learning and enrich the children's lives with fitness, fun and music education.

From the Director:

We offer developmentally appropriate activities in a mix of child led and teacher directed learning centers. We used a nationally recognized, research-based curriculum to assure all learning standards are met or exceeded and our students are well prepared for Kindergarten and a full and productive life.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We are dedicated to the following philosophy:
providing your child with the greatest variety of educational experiences.
individualized attention.
encouraging a positive self-image.
helping each child to work and play in a group situation.
reinforcement of common, but important values, such as respect, courtesy and obedience.
helping each child to learn responsibilities through directed duties, such as putting away playthings, hanging up clothing, etc.
fostering creative expression"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

We like to start with free play, so each child can adjust for the day, and greet their firneds.

Circle Time (Large Group time) -calendar, story, theme

Learning Centers: Some of the activities are child directed and some are teacher directed so the children get lots of individualized attention from their teacher.

Outdoor Play

Lunch

Nap

Story, puzzles, games

Outdoor play.

Afternoon project (if child is staying after 2:00 p.m.)

Outdoor games or free play (child's choice)

Indoor play until pick up.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are a "Strengthening Families" center, which means our vision is to be a center meeting the needs of the whole family, not just the children. So, we provide parent workshops, family friendly events, and many parent involvement opportunities.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school