Creative Learning Environments
Welcome to our Infant room (6 weeks – approximately 1 year) where our experienced and loving staff will go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable leaving your precious little one here with us! Our infants follow their own schedule, eating and sleeping on demand. We provide our parents with a “daily sheet” that includes details of their day. In addition, parents and teachers communicate with our Kid Reports app for real-time updates. Our teachers are known for taking pictures throughout the day and sending them to our mommies and daddies through the App so that they can see for themselves how wonderfully their babies are doing! Our infants receive lots of snuggles and one on one attention. Our teachers are well-versed in child development and following daily lesson plans, change the environment to meet the developmental needs of the children in their care. Our teachers help facilitate activities that encourage them to achieve developmental milestones!
Our Toddler room is a hopping, busy classroom! Your Toddlers (12-24 months) get their first introduction to structure in this classroom. As part of the teacher’s daily lesson plan, they have a “mini-group time” where they sing songs, play with puppets, and read stories. The children also experience Art and Sensory exploration daily, begin to learn the art of taking turns, and sharing and caring for their friends. In addition, they experience music and movement and enjoy having lots of messy fun at the same time! They have an age-appropriate playground just for them, where they enjoy working those large muscles! In the Toddler room, the children experience many exciting transitions. They grow and change so much in this one year! Our Toddlers transition from cribs to cots, bottles to sippy cups, and then finally to big kid cups. They begin to follow a set schedule of eating, playing, and napping. Our caring teachers give lots of love, all while keeping the children actively engaged! They enjoy capturing moments of your little one’s dancing, painting and playing and display lots of photos within the classroom and through our App for you to enjoy!
When your child turns two, they become part of the Early Preschool class. As your child is becoming more independent, our teachers encourage and model appropriate play and social skills! They follow the Creative Curriculum, a theme-based curriculum with a focus on “learning through play”, the Piaget method of learning. Our teacher who are passionate about working with children, especially love creative experiences through art and music activities! They have engaging activities planned daily where they experience Art and Sensory as well as activities that encourage fine motor skills and the beginning concepts of math. This group especially loves “Music/Movement” time. Potty Training is a large part of our day; we look for the five signs of readiness and then follow our parents’ lead. This classroom is busy, fun, and educational!
Our Preschool Classroom runs like a well-oiled machine! Routine is so important at this age. Our teachers are experienced educators who are passionate about early childhood education and creating lasting bonds with their children and parents. They follow a theme-based curriculum. This starts with a fun and interactive group time that includes a story that relates to the theme of the week, the weather, the calendar, and sometimes a game, poem, or song. After Group Time, the children break up into their groups and participate in “Learning Centers”. Our Learning Centers consist of stations at which activities are provided that promote Art, Sensory, Handwriting, Math, and Fine Motor Skills. When the timer goes off, the children switch, so that everyone gets a turn at each center. They incorporate Science and/or Cooking activities weekly, as well. The teachers encourage their growing independence through self-help skills such as making their cots and “family style” serving mealtimes. This is an amazing classroom in which to watch your child grow!
The Junior Pre-K classroom consists of older threes and younger four-year-old children. These kiddos are full of independence! Our teachers make an incredible team and really love this age group! They follow a theme-based curriculum with a focus on literacy. They have an interactive and captivating Group Time that the children help to facilitate! The children all have “jobs” to do, according to the classroom “Helper Chart” and love the responsibility of caring for the pets, plants, and materials in the classroom. After Group Time, the children break up into “Learning Centers” where the teachers set out activities that encourage Art, Sensory, Math, Handwriting, and Fine Motor Skills. The groups rotate so that each child gets an opportunity to experience each activity. Our experienced and well-educated teachers incorporate Science and/or Cooking into their lessons each week as well! The children love Music/Movement time, sometimes putting on parades for us to enjoy. This class really feels special playing on the “big kid’s playground” which also helps make their transition to the Pre-K Classroom seamless as they are already familiar with the teachers! This is a fun-filled and activity packed classroom, and the students love to help run the show!
Welcome to our Pre-Kindergarten classroom! Each of the children in this classroom will graduate and go on to Kindergarten in the Fall. Our experienced and well-educated teachers work hard from the beginning of the year to make sure each child is ready to move on. This classroom follows the Creative Curriculum with a different theme each week and a focus on phonetic awareness and literacy. It offers hands-on and engaging, memorable experiences for your child. Our Group Time usually covers the theme of the week, sight words and a story that goes with the theme. They also refresh many of the things that the children have already been introduced to, such as the calendar, the weather, shapes, colors, numbers and the alphabet. They then break up into groups and participate in “Learning Centers”. Our Pre-K classroom has 5 different Learning Centers that the children rotate through. These stations are set up for each child to have an opportunity to experience the activities set up that encourage Art, Sensory, Math, Fine Motor and Handwriting skills. Science and/or Cooking activities are also implemented weekly to enrich the children’s learning. We have “teddy travels” who gets to spend one week with each child and his experiences are noted in a journal and shared with the class. We end each year with an unparalleled graduation ceremony! It is such a beautiful experience that is shared between our Treehouse family and the families of our Pre-K students. Every child is well-prepared for success in Kindergarten when they graduate from Pre-K!
Our School Age Program, throughout the school year is primarily before and after care. We do offer full day care when Wentzville School District is closed for professional development days. Journey currently buses children to and from the Treehouse. We transport children to and from Peine Ridge Elementary, Wabash Elementary, and Heritage Elementary School. Since the children are in such regimented structure throughout the day, our teachers try to keep it light and fun when they return to the Treehouse. They are provided with snack upon their arrival and are certain to get their outside time! It is a relaxed atmosphere where the children are offered help with their homework if they need it. Our teachers try to find things that the children are already interested in and expand upon it. As an example, they worked a solid two weeks building a leprechaun trap, long after St. Patrick’s Day was past. They build amazing creations out of Legos and some very intricate forts. This is a very fun group of kids and our teachers really enjoy their time with them!
Our Summer Camp Program is so much fun! We go on field trips every Wednesday and have so many fun adventures together! We have fun themes that correlate with the field trips! We will run a lot of fun relay races, basketball games and capture the flag! Last year they even played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Touch football…they have a blast! Our teachers are incredibly creative, and they facilitate all of the crafts and fun projects that they work on throughout the summer. Field trips may include St. Louis Zoo, Splash Station, City Museum, Big Joel Safari, Top Golf and so much more! Life long friendships are forged in the Treehouse summer camp!