We believe all humans learn at their own pace. At Sequoia’s Treehouse we do not require children to have built certain skills by any given age. In many cases we will transition children to the next classroom at the ages listed (and space availability), but this will not be the case for everyone. Some children may be ready for the next transition early and some may need some additional time. We respect every child’s individuality and we are there to assist them along their way.
Seedlings – Infants
6 weeks to 12 months (We strive for a 1-3 ratio, total 8)
The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.
Your infant will feel right at home in our warm, loving environment. We provide individual care and attention in a warm, cozy classroom full of stimulating materials. We understand the early years of a child’s life are very important to their health and development. We work together as partners with parents to help children grow to reach their full potential. We realize children grow and develop at their own individual pace. Transition to the next classroom is based on the child’s age at 1 year.
Sprouts – Waddlers
1 year – 2 years (We strive for a 1:5 ratio, total 14).
Waddlers are moving around more, and are aware of themselves and their surroundings. Their desire to explore new objects and people. During this stage, Waddlers will show greater independence; begin to show defiant behavior; recognize themselves in pictures or a mirror; and imitate the behavior of others, especially adults and older children. Waddlers also should be able to recognize the names of familiar people and objects, form simple phrases and sentences, and follow simple instructions and directions.
Your Waddler’s day will be full of new and rewarding experiences. Our patient teachers understand that your Waddler will learn through play, and grow with personal attention and love. They provide an environment that encourages children to explore the world around them, while learning how to master everyday skills from walking to toilet training.
Shoots – Toddlers
2 years – 3 years (We strive for a 1:6 ratio, total 20)
As children grow into early childhood, their world will begin to open up. They will become more independent and begin to focus more on adults and children outside of the family. They will want to explore and ask about the things around them even more. Their interactions with family and those around them will help to shape their personality and their own ways of thinking and moving. During this stage, children may start riding a tricycle, use safety scissors, notice a difference between girls and boys, help to dress and undress themselves, play with other children, recall part of a story, and sing songs.
Our Toddler classroom is set-up where children learn through activities based on a variety of age- appropriate topics. All activities follow an anti-bias curriculum. The teachers move throughout the interest areas in the classroom asking thought provoking questions and encouraging the children to try new things. Although encouragement and help are offered, each child is free to choose how they will participate.
Saplings – Preschool
3 years to 4 years (We strive for a 1:7 ratio, total 15)
While it is extremely important to understand that all children develop at their own rate, children are offered a hands on, integrated curriculum in which children participate in a variety of activities that are designed to give support in several developmental areas at the same time. For example, your child/ren may take part in a cooking project making homemade bread during small group time. They are growing cognitively by learning about measurement, mixing, counting, and reading (the recipe and labels); they are growing socially by taking turns and cooperating; they are growing physically by using their fine motor skills to measure and stir the ingredients and knead the dough; and they are growing emotionally by experiencing the satisfaction of completing a task and the excitement that comes from being part of a group.
Throughout your child’s school day, your preschooler will have opportunities for learning and growth by participating in group/individual projects, circle time, and child-initiated exploration in our learning centers. Learning Centers: Library/ Language, Creative Art, Dramatic Play, Construction/Blocks, Sensory Exploration, Science Investigation, Music and Movement, Math Manipulatives, and Outdoor Play.
Sequoias – Kindergarten
*Kindergarten will be held from 8:25am-2:55pm as we are following the South Bay Elementary School schedule. If you attend Kindergarten, you will automatically be enrolled in our Before/After School Program which will include children from South Bay and other elementary schools so you will have care from 7am-6pm. Day Camp days are also included, Summer Camp is not.
4 years to 6 years (We strive for a 1:8 ratio, total 14)
This stage brings many changes in a child’s life. By this time, children can dress themselves, catch a ball more easily using only their hands, and tie their shoes. Having independence from family becomes more important. Friendships become more and more important. Physical, social, and mental skills develop quickly at this time. This is a critical time for children to develop confidence in all areas of life, through friends, schoolwork, and sports.
Our Kindergarten class is geared to the needs of the older, more independent child. In the first year of our Kindergarten, we envision creating a two-year kindergarten experience where your child can transition peacefully and at their own pace into the exciting world of education. During these two years students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of reading and writing, numbers and simple math, as well as be prepared to move on in their educational lives with skills such as standing in line, waiting for a turn to speak, listening to others, and working both in a group and individually. We offer a more structured environment that includes age-appropriate activities; games, arts and craft projects, manipulatives, small and large projects, and field trips. We promote creative expression and individuality in a caring atmosphere. We also emphasize personal responsibility for words and actions at this age as well as respect for self, family, teachers and environment. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children to explore new ideas creatively and safely.