Appletree Kids, Inc. Child Development Centers assist in helping children to acquire a strong foundation in the knowledge and skills needed for school success. We believe an effective child care environment is a place where children feel well cared for and safe. Our centers are a place where children are valued as individuals and where their need for attention, approval, and affection are supported. In this environment, children can discover the world that surrounds them and develop the capacity to connect with others.
Our basic philosophy is one of freedom to learn, grow, and make choices. We believe that children learn through play and we have structured the environment to reflect that belief.
We want you to feel that you are a part of your child's life here and to understand more about what we do every day. In our program, we use The Creative Curriculum as our base curriculum. The philosophy is that children should be allowed to grow at their own pace and to learn in ways that help them become confident in themselves as learners. Layered on top of that, is a personalized curriculum that is written and implemented for each child's personal needs. It meets the child where they are and ensures that they are on track developmentally and academically.
All of the classrooms have been arranged to make them a safe place for children to explore and to learn. Children's toys and materials are placed on low shelves and in low, easy-to-open drawers. This makes it easy for children to select the items that they enjoy. It also helps them learn how to make choices and be independent. All children have a place to keep their personal belongings such as blankets, clothes, and personal effects. This lets them know they are a valued part of our classroom community.
All activities are steps to growing and developing physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Children learn in different ways, with all their senses. Varied experiences and materials will be provided for multi-sensory and whole brain learning. Cognitive learning is not overemphasized, but rather children are given ample opportunity for learning activities and are exposed to pre-numbers and activities designed to form a positive self-image. Practice in motor skills is encouraged. Children learn independence, turn-taking, and how to interact with others.
The best atmosphere for learning is one of acceptance, mutual respect, pleasure, fairness, consistency, predictability, clear limits and expectations, and encouragement to support the whole child.