Play-Based Enrichment Programs

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Wishing Tree places a high value on play. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

Our play-based enrichment programs allow children to choose activities they wish to pursue based on their current interests and are offered various stations and materials to bring their play to life. There are periods of structured learning times, but teacher-supervised free play is the name of the game.

Please register today. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis taking classroom composition into consideration.

Program-at-a-glance

  • Eligible ages: 3 through 5 year olds
  • Program begins on September 5, 2017 and continues through May 31, 2018
  • Program runs from 9am to 11:30am, but children may be dropped off as early as 8:30am
  • Rolling admissions
  • Children must be toilet trained at least a month for starting
  • Ratio is 1:6 and the entire program is maxed at 18 children
  • A snack is provided
  • tuition is weekly, recurring, and due at the beginning of the week
  • a two-week written notice is required to withdraw from the program
  • Program Offerings:

          Tuesday and Thursday - $100/week
          Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - $150/week
          Monday through Friday - $200/week

Program Content
The Wishing Tree enrichment program is designed in a manner that allows children to work independently and at their own developmental pace. The program consists of the following areas:

  • Language & Literacy
    We use dramatic play, singing, finger plays, manipulatives, and movement to expose children to rich literature and foster a love of reading, build vocabulary, and learn how books work. They learn to use new words and develop oral language skills by listening, retelling, and narrating stories. 

  • Readiness & Writing
    Writing requires many skills that are essential for school: physical, language, cognitive, social, and perceptual. Our Readiness & Writing program uses music, movement, and multisensory manipulatives to teach all the core readiness skills, including crayon grip, letter and number recognition, number and letter formation, and body awareness. 
     
  • Numbers & Math
    We use manipulatives, music, and rhymes, to teach counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and even Pre-K geometry skills. Lessons give children time to play with real objects and test their ideas so that math becomes real and meaningful. 

  • Science

    Our many hands-on projects are especially delightful to children further nurturing their natural love of science. Through phenomena including patterns of weather, changes when substances are combined, and plant growth to the significance of natural resources and conservation, children are never stop experiencing, discovering, and wondering.

  • Music & Art
    Music & art are a deeply intertwined with all of the areas listed above. In addition, we take time to introduce great artists of yesterday and today and music theory.
Major Dates Calendar
9/5/2017 First Day of Program
10/9/2017 Columbus Day
11/22/2017 - 11/24/2017 Thanksgiving Break
12/18/2017 - 01/02/2018 Winter Break
1/15/2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2/19/2018 President's Day
3/26/2018 - 3/30/2018 Spring Break
5/28/2018 Memorial Day
5/31/2018 Last Day of Program
Forms:
VA Identity Verification
Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form

Please complete and return the following forms if applicable:
Inclusion Form
Prescription & Non-Prescription Medication Authorization
Epinephrine Authorization
Inhaler Authorization