Philosophy


Our Purpose

Our major purpose at Honey Tree Preschool is to help each child value him or herself as a unique individual created by God, while developing a joyful curiosity about the world. Our program is designed to provide experiences that involve the total child: intellectually, physically, emotionally, and within the framework of a Christian setting. Honey Tree Preschool fills a child's need for:

  • Friends his/her own age.
  • Safe and secure separation from home
  • Enriched and challenging environment.
  • Hands-on learning activities
  • Space, time, and freedom to develop his/her whole self.
  • Growing Independence and self-esteem


Curriculum

The early childhood years are important ones for developing a joy of learning. At Honey Tree Preschool we provide a variety of materials and developmentally appropriate activities for the development of the whole child. Children learn best through unhurried, hands-on exploration and experiences in a safe and caring environment.  Within correlated curriculum themes that includes both indoor and outdoor play as well as circle time we encourage children to explore and experience:

  • Art
  • Blocks
  • Children's Literature
  • Music & Movement
  • Dramatic Play
  • Science
  • Reading & Math Readiness
  • Puzzles, Games & Manipulatives
  • Motor Development
 
Approach to Learning

Our goal is to help children learn and succeed.  Each child is unique and learns in his or her own way.  We support the individual ways children learn with activities that nurture their curiosity, support and increase their abilities and help them find creative solutions to problems.


Sample Daily Schedules

Our Honey Tree Preschool Day (Sample - Preschool)

Activity

Time

Purpose

Experiences and Activities

Morning Circle

8:45 - 9:00

Community, whole group experience

Welcome, Hello songs, Introducing Leader/Helper & activities or theme for the day  

Indoor Discovery and Play

9:00 – 10:00

Self selecting activity, learning/play centers, independence and decision making

Art, Blocks, Computer, Dramatic Play, Science, Puzzles, Table Toys & Games, Cooking or Snack Preparation

Circle and Snack

10:00 – 10:30

Large and small group experience and process, developing social/emotional, language/communication and thinking skills

Stories, Fingerplays, Music, Movement, Science, Math, and Literacy Games or Activities, Handwashing, Snack

 

Outdoor Exploration

10:30-11:30

Self selecting activity, independence, decision making and developing large motor skills

Sand & Water Play, Swings, Slides, Bikes, Balls, Climbing and Lawn Activities

 

Closing
Circle

11:30 – 11:45

Community, Whole group experience

Naming favorite activities, Songs, Good-byes




Our Honey Tree Parent / Two-Year-Old Day (Sample - Parent / Two-Year-Old Class)

Activity

Time

Purpose

Experiences and Activities

Morning Circle

9:00 - 9:15

Community, Whole group experience, Developing social/emotional, language/communication and thinking skills

Welcome, Hello Songs, Story, Introducing activities or theme for the day

Outdoor Exploration

9:15 - 10:00

Child initiated activity, Parent interaction with child, Developing large motor, social & emotional skills.

 

Sand & Water Play, Swings, Slides, Trikes, Balls, Climbing and Grass Activities

Indoor Discovery and Play

10:00 – 10:45

Child initiated activity, Parent interaction with child, learning/play centers, Developing fine motor, language, thinking, social and emotional skills

 

Art, Blocks, Pretend Play, Puzzles, Manipulatives, Easel Painting, Sensory Activities, and Snack

 

Closing Circle

10:45-11:00

Community, Whole group experience, Developing social/emotional, language/communication and thinking skills

 

Story, Fingerplays, Music, Movement, And Good Byes