Growing Tree Learning Center arranged the following learning areas for children to explore:
PRACTICAL LIFE (日常生活區)
Designed to teach children to care and respect themselves and their environment, Practical Life materials allow children to develop small muscle strength and control, improve hand-eye coordination and teach left-to-right progression. Children will have opportunities to expand their life skills through activities involving spoon feeding, grasping, threading, dressing, washing, sweeping, folding, table setting, cooking, flower arranging and many other practical life experiences. By exploring and experimenting with these materials, children will expand their curiosity and feel good about their accomplishments.
Children learn to understand the world around them through the constant use of their senses. Activities in the sensorial area provide an opportunity for children to observe the differences and similarities in what they see, hear, feel, taste and smell. Sensorial materials in the classroom help children distinguish, categorize and relate new information to what they already know.
The development of language begins with speech and progresses into reading and writing. Children develop bilingual language skills through meaningful experiences; listening to stories and poems, participating in finger plays, having opportunities to talk and be heard.
The world of math comes alive for a child in a Montessori environment! Math activities stimulate a child’s inquisitiveness — a crucial factor in the learning process — and gives children a hands-on approach in developing basic numerical concepts while learning at their own pace. Children are indirectly preparing for math as they discover similarities, compare differences, find sequences and explore the world around them.
Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring geography, history, other countries and their customs. As children explore puzzle maps, they gradually learn the names of the countries and continents. Through related materials, children learn to appreciate and recognize the importance of people and places around the world and in our own community.
SCIENCE & NATURE (自然科學區)
Science promotes cognitive development through stimulating a child’s natural curiosity. Children are given hands-on, real life activities that either have a predetermined conclusion (teaching cause and effect) or are open-ended to encourage a sense of exploration and discovery.
ART & CREATIVITY (藝術區)
Art is an important part of our curriculum, allowing for self-expression and fine motor skill development. Children explore colors, textures and patterns, developing visual and sensory abilities.
MUSIC & MOVEMENT (音律區)
Through music, children learn to hear differences in sounds, discover rhythm, increase vocabulary and experience its impact on moods.
12000 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga, CA 95070