Our Curriculum

Student Success

Our Curriculum

Advanced. Accelerated. Proven.

Apple Tree engages children in an advanced curriculum where students quickly exceed expectations.

Small class sizes and excellent teachers allow us to meet the needs of each individual child in our program.

Apple Tree students have ranked in the 95th percentile on standardized tests conducted by an outside agency.


Part of the curriculum we teach to all of our students includes:

Character Education
Students will learn basic virtues such as honesty, diligence, fairness, and loyalty.

Geography
Students will learn where the continents are located and how the cultures are different.

Aesop’s Fables
Students will read and discuss Greek storyteller Aesop’s tales and discuss the morals of the stories.

Rhymes
Students will learn to recite rhymes and will enjoy activities based on their stories and characters.

Presidents
Students will learn to recognize the current and former presidents, as well as learn about our government and history.

Science
Students of all ages will learn about the world through hands-on exploration, reading and discussion.


Click on one of the age groups or programs below for additional information. 

Safety and health are our highest concerns for infants. We focus on preventing problems before they can occur.

To help your infant learn to trust us and to feel valued and important, we respond promptly, consistently, and lovingly— just as you do—to meet every need.

We teach children about feelings by responding to what we think they are feeling. When your child notices something and gets excited, we respond with the same excitement. When your child is sad, we talk about those feelings and reassure your child. These experiences help your child recognize feelings and begin to empathize with others. Babies learn how to treat others from the ways they are treated.

Physical Development:

In the first years your child will go from being held to running and jumping; from holding a rattle to turning pages of a book and drawing pictures. With increasing motor skills comes the ability to actively explore the world.

Cognitive Development:

Cognitive development manipulates the way children think, develop an increasing understanding of the world around them and use what they learn to reason and solve problems. Young children are active explorers who construct an understanding of the world as they watch, listen, taste, touch, and smell everything around them.

Language Development:

At one time people thought, “Why talk to babies? They don’t understand anything.” We now know that language development begins at birth. In fact, the part of the brain that is used for language is most active during the first few years of life. The more you listen and talk, sing and repeat rhymes and chants and read books, the more language your child will understand and use to communicate.

  • Books and stories
  • Writing
  • Numbers and size
  • Patterns
  • Objects and shapes

Toddlers:

They will learn colors, numbers 1-5, many new words, lots of songs and rhymes for promoting language and literacy. They will be exposed to the seven continents and the state of Texas.

Two-Year-Olds:

They will learn many things about the world they live in. They will count 1-25 and recognize the numbers 1-10. They will learn colors and shapes.

We will read books and learn songs and rhymes for language development. They will be exposed to the seven continents and the state of Texas. They will also learn Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Three-Year Olds:

They will learn names, sounds, and pictures of all letters of the alphabet, learn to recognize and write their names, count 1-50 and recognize numbers 1-15.

Language development continues as they read books, learn songs, rhymes, and Bible verses.

They will learn the seven continents, United States, Presidents, World Leaders and Inventors. They will learn songs, rhymes and Bible verses.

Four-Year-Olds:

They will learn to recognize vowels and consonants, to blend two letters together and to sound out one-vowel words. They will learn to read through the use of phonics. As soon as the short vowel sounds and some consonants are introduced, they will be able to sound out their first words. They will learn to write lowercase and capital letters of the alphabet.

Four-year olds learn to recognize and understand the concepts of numbers. They will count from 1-100, recognize 1-20, distinguish before and after numbers and answer simple combinations.

They will learn the seven continents, United States, Presidents, World Leaders and Inventors. They will learn songs, rhymes and Bible verses.

Students will learn to read many words including words with two vowels and words that contain special sounds (special sounds are letter combinations like sh & ar).

Reading vocabulary naturally grows with each new sound learned. Students will take home readers, learn spelling words, and learn Bible verses.

They will learn to count and recognize numbers 1 – 100. They will learn addition and subtraction facts and additional concepts. Students will also learn to tell time and work with money.

They will learn the seven continents (including climate, population, economy and culture), United States and Capitals, Presidents, World Leaders and Inventors.

Additional Concepts Covered During The Entire School Year Graphing, predicting, problem solving, experimenting, observing changes, self-concepts, comparing/contrasting, following directions, analyzing, cooperation, collecting information, story writing

Students will continue to explore the world through a variety of media. They will be able to recall addition and subtraction facts. These students will learn that a pentagon has five sides, that there are 12 inches in a foot and 3 feet in a yard.

In addition to basic knowledge, students gain proficiency in fundamental skills. For example, they become proficient at counting, comparing, sorting and ordering things.

Problem solving is at the heart of our mathematics curriculum. Students will learn about:

  • Place values
  • More & less
  • Comparing quantities using <, >, and =
  • Simple fractions like 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4
  • Making and reading simple picture graphs
  • Geometry

The ultimate goal of our language curriculum is to make sure that our students draw on the power of good literature to lift them up intellectually and spiritually. We make every effort to expose our students to inspiring, demanding works of literature. Each student’s vocabulary will expand as they read, learn spelling words, and learn Bible verses.

They will learn the seven continents (including climate, population, economy and culture), United States and Capitals, Presidents, World Leaders and Inventors.

Reading & Comprehension:

Students will review what was learned in first grade and continue learning how to read. They will do more explicit phonics work, practicing new letter-sound patterns and decoding by the end of the year. Turning letter sounds into speech should become almost automatic, allowing students to focus on the meaning.

The overall goal is to be able to read (aloud & silently) second grade texts such as Peggy Parish’s Ameila Bedelia books, Lillian Hoban’s Arthur books and volumes from non-fiction series such as I Can Read and Let’s Read and Find Out.

  • Continue to sound out words
  • Accurately read single-syllable and most two-syllable words
  • Recall incidents, characters, facts and details of a text
  • Answer what, how, why, and what if questions
  • Discuss similarities of characters and events in different stories
  • Retell stories and share information in your own words

Writing:

  • Write brief stories, poems, letters, descriptions, and reports
  • With help, write compositions with a beginning, middle & end
  • Practicing using paragraphs
  • With help, revise work for clarity and edit for spelling & mechanics
  • Practice writing neatly

Spelling and Vocabulary:

  • Correctly spell words
  • Learn and review spelling rules (such as the f sound is sometimes ph, as in phone)
  • Continue using the dictionary to check spelling & word meanings
  • Learn some common contractions
  • Provide synonyms antonyms to given words

Grammar and Usage:

  • Identify subjects and predicates in simple sentences
  • Learn what nouns are and how to make singular nouns plural
  • Study correct usage of verbs; how to change from present to past tense
  • Learn what adjectives are; use them to compare by adding er and est

Literature:

  • Read and listen to poems such as Christina Rossetti’s “Hurt No Living Thing”, Nancy Byrd Turner’s “Lincoln”, and Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”
  • Read and listen to stories such as “The Beauty and the Beast”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and the African tale “Talk”
  • Read nonfiction prose (for example, accounts of real life heroes)
  • Read Greek myths such as “How Prometheus Brought Fire” and “Oedipus and the Sphinx”
  • Read American tall tales like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill & Casey Jones
  • Learn more basic literary terms (like myth, limerick)
  • Tell and write their own stories

Mathematics:

Mathematic knows no physical bounds. It allows us to push forever outward in our explorations, taking the measure of bodies and events far removed from our immediate grasp.

Mathematics develops several critical habits of mind. It is unsurpassed in it’s demands for clarity in thought.

Mathematics is particularly good for developing logic skills. Deductive reasoning – reasoning in which the conclusions follows the premise without variation – was developed by those classical Greeks who held mathematics in such high esteem. It remains an essential method for determining whether the idea is valid.

Mathematics trains students to think abstractly.

Progress in Mathematics:

  • Place value to 1000
  • Counting in units of hundreds, tens, and ones
  • Comparing and ordering numbers to 1000
  • Composing and decomposing numbers to 1000
  • Fluency with addition and subtraction facts
  • Properties of addition
  • Addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers
  • Estimating sums and differences
  • Skip-counting and counting on by 10’s, 100’s , 25’s
  • Rounding to 100’s
  • Measure length with standard units
  • Counting money
  • Introduction to multiplication and division
The Extended Day program provides a safe and nurturing environment for children from 1:00 to 6:30 Monday through Friday.

The program is designed to provide a relaxed and flexible atmosphere in which children may play and learn.

Teachers provide age-appropriate activities in a child-centered environment that combines arts and crafts, storytimes, drama, books, science and sensory activities, computers, as well as cooperative games and projects—all in an environment that fosters cooperative learning, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The Extended Day program also focuses on nurturing the social and emotional needs of children.

Children in our Extended Day program have the opportunity to interact with children of diverse ages and cultures. Families are encouraged to become involved through volunteering and sharing skills.

At The Apple Tree School, we believe that summer should be a special time for children… a time to laugh, play, have fun, explore, swim, take trips, make new friends and yes – even learn.

Our summer program is designed to give your child exciting, fun-filled experiences and build lifelong memories.

Your child will have one terrific summer! We will have a very busy schedule and combine lots of classroom activities with field trips, swimming, computers, arts and crafts, music, sports and games, nature study, guest speakers and picnics.

We will have an overall theme during summer and each week we will focus on a particular aspect of this overall theme.

Our program is so much fun, your child won’t want to miss a single day!

Before & After School Program/Kdg. – Grade 6

Our school-age program provides an enriching environment for children 5 years through 12 years. The program foundation is based on a low teacher-child ratio of 1;10. We believe that this low ratio is necessary in order to provide the proper care and attention for this group.

For our school-age children, we have large spaces which are divided into well defined interest areas. Most importantly, our staff is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of school-age children. Many choices are built into a structured environment. Children decide what activity they wish to pursue.

Below is a snapshot of what our center looks like during a typical free-play period. Free play, our free choice time, is the core of our curriculum. Free choice works for the children because the planned interest areas, although changing often, provide structure.

Free choice time.. It is 4:30 pm. The children already have had an outdoor time, eaten snacks and have done their homework…

  • Quiet Area: Reading books, listening to tapes, working on the computer
  • Art Area: Cutting, pasting, painting, creating
  • Game Area: Puzzles, game playing
  • Home Area: Dress up, set up, office play area, home setting, school playing
  • Block Area: Building and manipulating structures with large and small blocks
  • Woodworking Area: Building, cutting, hammering, drilling
  • Science Area: Animal watching, conducting experiments, planting
  • Music & Dance Area: Dancing, singing

The Apple Tree school-age program includes children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Children are treated according to their developmental and individual needs. Nevertheless, mixed age grouping does prove enjoyable for the children. The older children can serve as helpers, friends and role models for the younger ones.

There are also times when children are age grouped for specific activities such as certain games, special art activities, science and other learning and problem solving projects.