Before & After School Program/Kdg. – Grade 6
Our school-age program provides an enriching environment for children 5 years through 12 years. The program foundation is based on a low teacher-child ratio of 1;10. We believe that this low ratio is necessary in order to provide the proper care and attention for this group.For our school-age children, we have large spaces which are divided into well defined interest areas. Most importantly, our staff is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of school-age children. Many choices are built into a structured environment. Children decide what activity they wish to pursue.Below is a snapshot of what our alternative school’s center looks like during a typical free-play period. Free play, our free choice time, is the core of our curriculum. Free choice time allows the children to act in their own bounds after planned interest activities that provide structure and scheduling for the day.
Free choice time is offered after completion of tasks assigned to the children, such as a simple area clean up. During free choice time we offer the children a variety of areas that each have a variety of activities, helping build independence and self direction.
- Quiet Area: Reading books, listening to tapes, working on the computer
- Art Area: Cutting, pasting, painting, creating
- Game Area: Puzzles, game playing
- Home Area: Dress up, set up, office play area, home setting, school playing
- Block Area: Building and manipulating structures with large and small blocks
- Woodworking Area: Building, cutting, hammering, drilling
- Science Area: Animal watching, conducting experiments, planting
- Music & Dance Area: Dancing, singing
The Apple Tree School program includes different ages with children from kindergarten to sixth grade interacting together while children are treated according to their developmental and individual needs. Mixed age grouping has proven very enjoyable for the children. The older children can serve as helpers, friends, and role models for the young ones. Our alternative school’s after school program will at times group children by age for specific activities such as age appropriate games, special art activities, science and other learning and problem solving projects.
If you are interested in our before and after school program, please contact us with your questions or to set up a meeting and tour!