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Growing Tree North

275 Warner Avenue
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

(516) 625-9080


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An Extended Day Learning Center

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are dedicated in our mission to.... ~Provide a full day learning center that promotes a welcoming, caring and supportive "home away from home" atmosphere where children are stimulated and inspired to become eager learners. ~Maintain a staff of loving, experienced teachers who are trained and qualified to recognize and nurture the individuals needs for all children in our care. ~Encourage and teach acceptable social behaviors that allow for building self-confidence and self-reliance ~Actively partner with parents to meet their goals and expectations for the emotional, social and physical development of the children ~Incorporate everyday, natural experiences in each child's education to achieve early reading and math readiness by using enjoyable and imaginative methods. ~Build success through ongoing teamwork between our staff, parents and community.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Italian Lessons, American Sign Language, Computers, reading and math readiness, sports, science and nature, arts and crafts, music and movement ALL in a kind, loving and fun way!

From the Director:

Everything is done through play with light guidence from the teacher. We beleive that with help from a caring adult a child can accomplish anything. Additionally the children learn how to read and write all through fun games!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each day the children will engage in periods of FREE PLAY activities. During this time, each child may select activity centers of interest to them including blocks, manipulative toys and puzzles, dramatic play and water or sand table for pleasant tactile experiences.
The teacher presents the lesson for the day using puppets, picture, props, experience charts, music and finger plays. Thematic units taught during the year include seasons, community workers, animals and their habitats, dinosaurs, holidays and much more.
Arts and Crafts provide another creative outlet for each child. Children are free to experiment with a wide variety of art media including paint, watercolors, crayons, markers, glue, paper mache, plaster of Paris, play dough and clay. Small motor skills are also enhanced through scissors and sewing activities. Classroom teachers incorporate music and movement throughout the day utilizing songs, finger plays and musical games. Classrooms have pianos, auto harps and rhythm instruments for the teacher and children to use.
Reading and Math readiness skills are taught using developmentally appropriate materials by our dedicated and experienced staff members. Beginning in the toddler program and continuing into their pre-k years, the children are exposed to a variety of readiness skills throughout the day. These are enhanced during circle time activities and using computers. Our selection of children's software captures the child's interest while promoting critical thinking and reasoning skills. The children are further enriched with FOREIGN LANGUAGE activities
The children and teachers travel on exciting imaginary journeys during story time.
American Sign Language and Italian

Our Three's and Four's are taught American Sign Language and Italian! They love learning about the different culture and because of their young age they catch on to the new language quickly! We teach them as always in a fun and loving way through songs and games!
Snack time provides an opportunity to learn about nutrition, sharing and social skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We have over 30 years of child educating and caring experience. The Growing Tree North was founded with the philosophy that children learn through play in a warm and nurturing environment. This value was first started in our other location, The Growing Tree Nursery School Founded in 1979. Both Learning Centers were always family owned and directed by the family of Dawn Friedman. We are conveniently located within minutes (approximately a tenth of a mile) from the Long Island Railroads Roslyn Station. We enroll, infants through Pre-K which is unique to this location. Each age group has their own specialized program that fits their needs. Both schools are located within a few short minutes from each other in Roslyn, New York. The classes between both Growing Tree Schools give you a flexibly with ages of children, hours and days.

A Typical Day

The day depends on the age group, however this is a sample- please contact us at (516)625-9080 for a tour of the school!
9:00-9:00AM Centers Open/ Easel/AM snack/ Diapering
9:00-9:30AM Circle Time
9:30-10:00AM PlayGround
10:00-10:30AM Art/PlayDough
10:30-11:00AM Music & Movement/ Diapering/ HandWashing
11:00-11:30AM Story Feltboard Activites
11:45-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-2:30pm Nap Time/ Diapering
3:00-3:20pm Snack
3:20-3:50pm Story Time/ Free Play
3:50-4:30pm Playground
4:30-6:00pm Table Top Toys/ Playdough/Puzzles/ Dismissals and goodbyes

Science Room and Library is on a rotational schedule
Only the threes and fours receive italian and American Sign Language
* Schedule changes due to age

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Children two and under receive daily sheets in which everything is recorded.
We encourage parents to come visit at any point and even to participate in the childs activities. We are open to phone calls during the day, in which the parent may ask to speak to the childs teacher. We speak to the parents at drop off and again at pick up!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We try to transition the children slowly through the program as well as try to make the transition as comfortable as possible for the child and the families!