Learning Through Fun Games & Activities

At The Friendship Tree, we value free play. Children learn through play and develop skills to make sense of their world. They need a variety of physical and motor, affective, social, cognitive, and language opportunities in order to facilitate this learning.

Learning is fun at The Friendship Tree and happens in many different ways. Our classes are centered around age-appropriate activities, including circle time, creative crafts, free play, and gym time. Children work and play cooperatively in groups as well as independently.

Our everyday structure includes songs, games, crafts, and dramatic play areas that reflect the theme of the week or month. A predictable routine helps our students to know what is expected of them, and this, in turn, helps them to thrive in our warm, caring environment. This builds a strong foundation for future learning and success in school.

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A Typical Day at The Friendship Tree

  • Circle Time
  • Story, rhymes, and games centered on our theme
  • Craft Time
  • Snack
  • Free Play
  • Wrap-up Circle Time

Gym time is scheduled at least once a month. Gross motor skills are developed through a variety of activities such as obstacle courses, animal stretching (yoga-type activities), and parachute games. These skills help children control their muscles and feel comfortable with their bodies.

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The Chipmunks (for 3-year-olds):

  • 3 hour sessions, three times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (9:00-12:00). In order to acclimatize the Chipmunks to the school schedule we offer the option of 2 1/2 hour days in September (9:00 - 11:30), 2 3/4 hours in October (9:00 - 11:45) and the full 3 hours starting in November.
  • Introduce key learning concepts
  • A fun introduction to French
  • Weekly Outdoor Play
  • Monthly Science Activities with Madame Découverte
  • Daily physical activity

The Owls (kindergarten preparation for 4 year-olds):

  • 3-hour sessions, three times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (9:00-12:00)
  • Reinforce key learning concepts (physical and motor, affective, social, cognitive, and language)
  • Bilingual Program
  • Weekly Outdoor Play
  • Monthly science Activities with Madame Découverte
  • More in-depth themes
  • Daily physical activity