AppleTree Childcare Curriculum

AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool utilize a winning combination of industry-respected curriculum and our own proprietary learning tools.  This blend provides children with a dynamic, well-rounded system by which to achieve developmental and academic objectives.

Our qualified and compassionate teachers develop lesson plans and use assessment results to guide their instruction and activities.  Each classroom lesson plan is available online to enrolled parents.  These lesson plans contain fun, challenging, and exciting learning experiences for your child.

C.O.R.E. Curriculum

C.O.R.E. Curriculum is a holistic approach to learning.  We've incorporated the best components of industry respected and research-based programs with our own proprietary learning tools to create a curriculum that offers creativity, flexibility, structure, and measureable benchmarks.  C.O.R.E. Curriculum features the best of:

The Creative Curriculum®

The Creative Curriculum is a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based resource that makes learning exciting and relevant for every child.  This curriculum provides a nurturing, educational, and developmentally-appropriate framework for our classrooms.  All aspects of the curriculum are intentional, allowing us to maximize the value of our program since every minute of your child's day is designed to be a "teachable moment."

Creative Curriculum also reflects state standards, which gives us an opportunity to provide exceptional Kindergarten preparation.  The program is designed around five fundamental principles:

  • Positive interactions and relationships with adults providing a foundation for successful learning
  • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success
  • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning
  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions
  • Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning

Baby Signs®

Baby Signs encourages communication with children who may not yet be able to express themselves verbally.  It provides pre-verbal children the ability to communicate wants and needs to caregivers at an early age.  Baby Signs books are read aloud and songs are sung with children using signs related to simple requests, such as milk, more, all done, and eat, as well as many others.  Signs are always presented both verbally and with the hand motion; therefore, encouraging language development as well.

Research has shown that using sign language with hearing babies:

  • Reduces frustration, biting, and other aggressive behaviors
  • Helps parents and teachers be more observant and responsive
  • Builds trust between babies and their parents and caregivers
  • Allows babies to share their worlds, revealing just how smart babies are
  • Promotes positive emotional development
  • Boosts babies' self-confidence and self-esteem

C.O.R.E. Language and Literacy

At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we know that language development and literacy skills are two of the key areas for school and life success.  For this reason, we designed a proprietary language and literacy program to enrich our current instruction methods in the area. 

The C.O.R.E. Language and Literacy Program was developed to provide a structured and streamlined framework for our on-going instruction in language acquisition and literacy skills.  The program begins in our infant classrooms and continues as children progress through our classrooms.  Each age group's unique lessons, activities, and vocabulary lists build upon previous lessons from the prior classroom; therefore, children draw upon previous knowledge and expand their understanding of concepts with each stage of the program.

Through vocabulary awareness and supplemental materials that extend learning beyond the classroom and into your home (Pratt's Home Connection and Take Home Readers), your child's language acquisition and literacy skills will grow each day.


Get Set for School® from Handwriting Without Tears®

This nationally recognized curriculum introduces writing using gross motor skills.  Your child will begin making big letters in fun and unique ways and gradually transfer to smaller, finer motions.

The program incorporates child-friendly teaching strategies, such as using music and movement to bring lessons to life and multisensory manipulatives to build fine and gross motor skills.  Our readiness and writing lessons teach body awareness, cooperation, taking turns, listening, crayon grip, drawing, building, letter and number recognition, and capital letter and number formation.


C.O.R.E. Values Character Education

Effective problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution are just a few moral values our Woodland Friends help to demonstrate.  These skills are crucial to a child's early school years, when making friends and learning go hand in hand.  The goal of our C.O.R.E. Values program is to prepare children to become morally-responsible, self-disciplined citizens.  Problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution are important parts of developing moral character.

C.O.R.E. Values has the specific goal of teaching children about appropriate and responsible

  • Choices
  • Observations
  • Reactions
  • Efforts

When preschool children are encouraged to model positive characteristics they excel even greater upon reaching Kindergarten.  Our character education program not only enhances students' learning, by pairing each character with a core subject area, but also to help them to develop social skills that will carry over into their adult years.


S.T.E.M. Curriculum

Children are natural born scientists, eager to explore spaces and experiment with objects in their environment, and at AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we want to encourage and nurture this interest.  

Our S.T.E.M. curriculum will provide hands-on activities in science education to promote a sense of wonder and interest in the natural world.   Our program invites 4-year olds and Young 5's to actively investigate their world by exploring six broad units of study: Water, Sound, Plants, Colors, Shadows, and Ramps (movement). 


C.O.R.E. Assessment & Parent-Teacher Conferences

At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, ongoing progress assessment is used to give our teachers information about each child.  Our teachers utilize our proprietary C.O.R.E. Assessment tool to evaluate how children are meeting learning objectives and learn the strengths and needs of each child.  Children benefit because our teachers use what they learn from assessments to adapt instruction.

We use authentic assessment that is developmentally appropriate, considers the individual rate of development of each child, and completed within the context of familiar tasks and routines. 

Development and learning reports are part of the portfolio that is reviewed with parents twice a year at Parent-Teacher Conferences to celebrate children's achievements and establish future goals.  Additionally, narratives, pictures, and work samples are organized as evidence of the child's abilities, interests, and skills.


We further enhance children's AppleTree/Gilden Woods experience with Enrichment Programs.

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Oaktree Academy has partnered with Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool! With this partnership we are also expanding with an addition to the school building. To celebrate these exciting changes, we are hosting an Open House on February 8th, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. Come tour the new state-of-the-art building and meet our Program Director, Carrie Quillan and her teaching team members. Learn more about our curriculum and programming. Enjoy local business partner vendors, as well as refreshments and fun for the whole family!