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Appleseed Learning Center

1001 S Leechburg Hill Rd (Kiski Park Plaza)
Leechburg, PA 15656-9502

(724) 845-8300


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Appleseed Learning Center, we believe that meeting the basic needs of health, safety and nutrition for each child in a trusting, loving environment is our first priority, and that every child has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

John Dewey, the father of American education, states that early childhood education is a process of living and learning each day for today, not just a preparation for future learning. Based on his philosophy, children are the center of our curriculum. Young children learn by active participation and play, interacting with their environment and the people around them. Through exploration, discovery, and inquiry, they become
“curious learners”, promoting their desire for life-long learning.

At the Center, we believe in teaching children, not subjects. We emphasize the learning of traditional skills through the use of an abundance of hands-on materials in a carefully designed environment. We are also exploring the “project approach” of the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy, to further enhance children’s participation in planning what they will learn. It is our belief that when children are provided with an opportunity to make learning choices, they learn self-discipline and self-control.

Modeling the theories of Maria Montessori, teachers at Appleseed do not impose knowledge on children; they are facilitators of learning. Problem-solving activities and critical thinking are encouraged. Our knowledgeable staff provides a predictable daily routine with planned activities, yet they are flexible and spontaneous in response to children’s current needs and interests.

At Appleseed, we understand that all children have their own personalities and temperaments. We treat each child as a valued individual, providing them with love, kindness, and security. We strive to empower every child to develop a positive self-identity. Our goal is to guide and nurture the wholeness of every child; developing the mind, body and spirit.

A Typical Day

Appleseed Learning Center

Morning Preschool Program 2010-2011

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Morning Schedule (4 hour program)

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Arrival and Table Activities
(puzzles, manipulatives)

8:50 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Circle Time
(large group, teacher-directed: includes flag salute, weather, calendar, attendance, choose daily helpers, group planning session, and story related to the weekly theme.)

9:05 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Music and Movement
(songs, finger plays, music and movement, including games
and activities for gross motor development)

9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Snack
(nutritious snack or food experience activity, including hands-on snack preparation and related health and nutrition discussion)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Learning Centers
(small groups, teacher–directed/facilitated: includes reading and writing readiness, pre-math skills, science, arts and crafts,
dramatic play, social studies, and block building.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Supervised Outdoor and/or Indoor Gross Motor
(Children go outside daily, weather permitting. Games and
activities are planned for gross motor development.)

11:30 a. m. – 11:45 a.m. Language Arts and Story Time
( teacher-read stories and/or children’s choice of puppetry,
flannel board, books, and books on tapes)

11:45 a. m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch
(children bring their own lunch and enjoy this time to socialize
with their friends in pleasant conversation)

12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closing Circle
(review of the day’s activities)
Morning Preschool Students Prepare for Departure

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