9100 Diceman Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught||Spanish once per week, music twice per week, Stretch and Grow once per week.|
From the Director:
The main focus of our program is studying other cultures through art, music, and folktales. Approximately 7 different cultures are studied throughout the year. In addition, the children act out folktales and perform a dramatic play.
Students receive very individualized instruction.
"The philosophy of The Learning Tree is simple: Learning is effective when each child works on his success level in an atmosphere which encourages learning without the pressures that can lead to frustration.
"With the great individual differences in children two to six years of age, provisions for diversity are imperative and can be achieved most effectively by utilizing an open classrom environment. This means that many levels of learning are happening at the same time, the teachers' plans can be flexible to capitalize on the children's interests and questions, and the atmosphere is informal, with activity occurring in all or most of the Learning Centers. These centers are supplied with equipment and materials which have inherent learning possibilities. There is a minimum of appropriate rules if necessary to set boundaries for the activities and behavior of the children.
"The important factors in The Learning Tree's concept of informal learning are individualization, independent learning, and the arrangement of the environment into Learning Centers. To be effective, this concept must be supported by the parents' and teachers' understanding of the developmental processes of young children."
-- Excerpted from school literature
The daily schedule is determined by the teacher and the age of the class. A typical day includes the following:
-There is an orientation before school starts including meeting the teacher
-Monthly parent meetings
-November & February parent-teacher conferences
-Teachers are very accessible via phone and e-mail
Teachers have in-home visits with new students prior to the school year. There is extra help in the classrooms at the beginning of the year. Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom to help a child get settled.