The Treehouse is currently in the process of searching for a new location; a location that will enable us to continue to expand our outdoor curriculum as well as provide a regenerative model for our overall program. To learn more about our upcoming move and where we are at in the process, please read this letter from our Director and Founder, Desiraé.
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The Treehouse offers a mixed age program for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-5 years old. We do occasionally enroll children as young as 20 months if they are developmentally ready for the program. Please view this handout to assess your child's readiness.
In the morning we all come together for a special experience of playful singing, moving and celebrating the changing seasons. Music connects us on a unique level that quickly can lighten the mood and bring much joy and excitement to our program. With songs and movements about birdies building their nests, stepping over stepping stones, looking way up high in the apple trees and little jacky frost pinching your nose, the children get to learn songs and verses about each changing season. We are constantly having parents coming to us asking what songs we have been singing so they can sing along with their children at home!
Right before lunch we all gather around the table and the children sit quietly and listen to a story told—not read—by their teacher. The beauty of the spoken word sparks their ability to form images and thoughts about the words they hear. We use hand made figures for our stories out of silks, wool, wood and felt to create a special environment for the characters to exist in. Each story is told for a minimum of one week so the children fully experience it and come to expect it as part of the rhythm of their day. We find the children re-creating the story time scene during their free-play and re-telling their own variations of the story. This time is a special part of our program that helps expand the children's vocabulary, verbal retention and concentration.
The Daily Rhythm
At The Treehouse we strive to stimulate the children’s bodies, souls and love for creation with a nurturing, homelike environment that engages all senses. We have a strong sense of community and are based on walking through the same daily rhythm to help build security, trust and continuity in the children’s lives.
8:30- 9am - Drop Offs and Morning Free Play (*8am-8:30 early drop off)
9-10am - Outdoor Classroom and Circle Time
10:15am - Morning Snack and Bathroom Break
10:45-11:45am - Activity Hour (Art, Cooking, Gardening, Yoga, Music)
12pm - Puppet Show / Oral Story
12:15pm - Lunch Time
12:45pm - Afternoon pick-up / Reading time and Bathroom break
1-3:15pm - Rest Time
3:15pm - Afternoon Snack
3:30pm - Pick-up
3:45pm - Afternoon Activity
4:30pm - Pick-up
*8am drop off offered for an additional $5/day