Honey Tree Infant Center (also known as the Baby House) is your baby’s home away from home. The infant teachers are committed to assisting you in making this first transition as smooth as possible. They will give your baby lots of personal attention and interaction by cuddling, singing, reading, and talking to them. Babies at Honey Tree grow and learn every day as they explore and make new discoveries. Your baby will begin to acquire social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. Teachers will engage your baby with facial expressions, soothing voices, music, and picture books. With support from their teachers, babies practice physical skills to reach important developmental milestones. Objects of different shapes, sizes, and textures are available for your infant’s exploration. Teachers encourage experimentation with concepts like cause and effect and spatial awareness. Sign language is used frequently in our infant center to allow infants to express themselves even before they become verbal communicators. We recognize that ultimately, a parent is their child’s most important teacher. We will communicate with you daily and welcome your participation during your child’s time with us.
Toddlers are full of energy and excitement as they burst into their world. We channel that energy and natural curiosity into hands on experiences and skill development. Teachers keep children busy with classroom activities as well as gym and outdoor play where there is ample opportunity to practice motor skills. We foster their growing sense of independence by encouraging them to do things like feed themselves, attempt to put on and take off coats and shoes , and help to clean up their classroom. Our toddlers begin to explore many different art materials and enjoy sensory experiences. They will have numerous encounters with language activities throughout the day as teachers read, sing, and play games with them. They begin to develop friendships, learn to express their emotions, and interact in a group setting. Beginning learning activities include recognition of basic shapes and colors, listening to stories, starting to count, and learning new vocabulary. Teachers will work with parents to assist children in navigating through the busy toddler stage which involves so much rapid change and progress.
Preschool children are building skills to take them to the next level. They are soaking up knowledge as quickly as we can provide opportunities for them to explore and expand upon their discoveries. We fill their days with both active and quiet play. Preschool children have time to make their own choices as well as time to listen and follow teacher directions. Art projects become more involved as we encourage skills such as beginning writing and scissor use. Gym and outdoor time often involve group games to help children acquire social and motor skills at the same time. Learning activities advance to include more shapes and colors, and additional numbers and letters beyond what they learned as toddlers. Teachers spend a great deal of time reading to children, fostering vocabulary growth and encouraging beginning reading skills. Children learn to recognize their written name and to give personal information such as their address, phone number, and parents’ names. The preschool room is an increasingly social environment. Children are figuring out how to interact appropriately with peers and are able to practice these skills throughout the day with the guidance and support of their teachers. Parents are encouraged to share in their child’s days with us through ongoing communication with the teachers.
Prekindergartners are preparing for the next big step in their education. Our program gets them ready by teaching the basic skills they will need to build upon for their entire school career. We focus on letters and words, numbers and early math concepts, science experiences, and valuable social skills. Teachers encourage the use of imagination in art and dramatic play. Emphasis is placed on cooperative interaction, critical thinking, and problem solving. Children learn to make choices, share ideas, thoughts and feelings, and negotiate in a small group with support and guidance from their teachers. Prekindergarten children continue to develop motor skills on the playground, in the gym, and in the classroom as they become increasingly aware of how they move in the space around them. They begin to do more things independently with confidence instilled by encouraging teachers. Reading is a major part of our PreK classroom. We offer many opportunities for reading and writing in every learning center in the classroom. Teachers use the New York State PreK Learning Standards as a guide when planning lessons. They work closely with parents to ensure that children will be more than ready for their next big adventure.