Why is creative ART important?

Creative arts actively engage children’s imagination through art, dance, dramatic play, dance and music. They engage children across all domains—cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical… and they bring a lot of benefits along with them:

  • Help children realize that many problems have many possible answers. The goal is to explore and discover.
  • Help children monitor and accept their own feelings.
  • Recognize and value children’s creativity. Help them stay creative without anxieties and worries.
  • Help children appreciate their own unique characteristics and expressions.
  • Help children persevere. Encourage them to explore, discover, and explore again.

(Mayesky, Mary. 2013. Creative Activities for Young Children) 

Does arTree preschool follow Reggio, Montessori or Waldorf philosophy?

We do not follow any one philosophy. We combine all of these ideas (and more) to bring together a comprehensive, creative curriculum for our students and their families.

Is my child going to be ready for Kindergarten?

Yes. We work hard to ensure the kids have the social and emotional skills they will need to thrive at school. We are a play-based preschool but we incorporate Math and Literacy in many things we do. On top of numerous play activities and games, we follow Eureka Math (Engage NY) curriculum (taught at WA elementary schools) and mix of two Literacy curricula (Eureka and Letters and Sounds). We also do journaling with the kids. Let us know if you have any questions.

What is Reggio?

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy developed in Italy. Its curriculum is not set in stone. It encourages the kids to explore their own interests. The teacher acts as a guide – helping kids find their answers: asking questions and documenting their experience.

In Reggio-inspired preschools there are three teachers: teacher, children and the environment. The philosophy focuses on collaboration, social skills, communication and arts.

Learn more here.

What are Provocations?

It may sound unfriendly but it is quite the opposite: it provokes thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas.

Let’s say we talk about flowers and Claude Monet. Our provocation station may look like this: a small table filled with artwork by Monet, wooden and glass bowls filled with small green gems, flower buttons, artificial leaves and wooden ladybugs. There may also be empty picture frames to provoke kids to fill them in. It does not come with any directions. It is up to the kids to create what they wish. There are no right or wrong answers. It’s about imagination, creativity and exposure to new materials.

We do not glue our creations down. We just take pictures and play again. That way the kids do not feel pressured and the materials can reused as many times as they wish. Plus, we have a visual record of our transient creations that we share with the families and friends.

Learn more here.

What are the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines?

These guidelines were created by Department of Early Learning (DEL) in WA to help parents and teachers understand the developmental stages in kids’ lives. They celebrate the cultural diversity and offer variety of activities you can do with your child at home to help them thrive. You can go online to download a free copy or ask for one to be sent to your home.