School is a nonprofit educational organization, founded by Betsy Evans and Jeff Coulson, that has been providing programs
for young children since 1976. It is a nursery school for children
ages 2.9 through 5 years. Children and teachers participate
together in a developmental curriculum designed to foster socioemotional, cognitive, and physical growth, as well as respect for
individual expression and experience. The day is divided into two
sessions, 8:30–11:30 & 1:00–4:00. A limited number of children are
enrolled for full days. For an extra charge, families can sign up
for early drop off, at 8:00 and/or late pick up, at 5:00.
Children are by
nature active learners. They like to touch, feel, explore, and
manipulate objects in many ways, and to engage in parallel and
cooperative play with others. In order to meet each individual
child's developmental needs, children are encouraged and supported in a
process of making responsible choices for play, for play is the work of
children—it is their way of learning about their world.
Giving Tree School is NAEYC
and High/Scope accredited, meeting the highest standards for early
childhood educational programs. It is located in Gill, MA.
Routine is designed so that children begin their day by planning with a
teacher what they would like to do. The teacher can help them to
extend their ideas in increasingly more complicated ways, while
encouraging new skills and posing new challenges. We call this
part of our day Planning Time.
After making a
plan, children move on to Choice Time, during which they can use all
areas of the school: Art Table, Book Corner, Inventions, Block Rug,
Science Table, Stage, Playhouse, Tub Table, Sunspace and Toy Space.
After Choice Time
children break into small groups. The teachers help children
participate in a brief sharing of what happened during Choice Time—by
that was made or in some way representing an experience. We call
this time Recall Time.
Either Circle or Small Group Time follow Recall. Circle Time is a
whole-group time for movement, songs, stories, and plays.
Small-Group is a time for exploring and interacting with a common set of
materials, with each child participating in their own individual way.
Children learn to classify, seriate, and represent as they engage in a
variety of pre-reading and pre-math activities.
We then play
outdoors on our spacious and adventurous playground. Because of
our rural setting, nature exploration is an important part of our
curriculum and is emphasized both in and out of the classroom. Our
school's rural setting provides safe access to
nature trails, streams, and an apple orchard.
all of the children's activities we emphasize problem-solving and
individual questioning, thinking, and creating. The individual
needs of each child are central to the curriculum and are supported by
the environment, the Daily Routine and the teachers. Our hope is
that play will be great fun as well as constructively challenging.
Giving Tree School is
open to all families. We do not discriminate on the basis of
race, religion, culture, political beliefs, marital status, disability,
national origin, or sexual orientation.
Tuition is paid monthly
according to a sliding scale. Giving Tree School participates in
the Community Partnerships for Children Grant program administered by
area school districts. Tuition subsidies are awarded to children
whose parents are both working a minimum of 5 hours per week.
What makes Giving Tree
- Warm, responsive,
learning—children learn to make decisions and choices within a safe
and structured daily routine.
- Individual expression
and imagination encouraged through stories, art, and music.
- Kindergarten readiness
supported daily through key experiences in all learning areas
- A warm, homelike
inside space with lots of activity areas and natural light—a spacious
and adventurous natural playground nestled among the trees.
- An approach to
conflict that encourages social skills and peaceful ways to resolve
- Parent learning in
workshops and consultations.
To Contact Giving Tree
Giving Tree School Inc.
3 Wood Ave
Phone: (413) 863-9218
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