The children at our Tree School will learn primarily through nature, imagination, the arts, creative play, and movement. The goal of the program is to develop a sense of wonder and reverence for all living things. Our educational philosophy provides a nurturing, child-centered learning environment that educates the whole child - intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Nature: Our yard is filled with fruit trees. These trees provide shade, play areas and food! On the property we have mango, lychee, mountain apple, sour sop, chico, cashew, star fruit, star apple, guava, strawberry guava, egg fruit, jackfruit, pineapples, Hawaiian orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, calamansi lime, acerola cherry, sugar cane, noni, moringa, and ulu. We also grow lettuce and other vegetables in the garden. The students will connect with nature by spending time in the trees and exploring the large natural landscape of the yard. They will also learn responsibility and serve as helpful members of their community by participating in tasks like growing food, and preparing what they harvest to share as a class. This will also teach healthy eating habits and sustainability practices.
Imagination and Creative Play: We will have story time and creative play time each day. The classroom space has lots of learning toys, blocks, puzzles, and legos. In Waldorf philosophy, "play" is viewed as the "work" of the young child and the magic of fantasy, so alive in the young child, is an integral part of how the teacher works with the child.
The Arts: Kendyl has been teaching music for over 20 years and will integrate music into the daily curriculum. Children will learn to sing songs, use various percussion instruments, learn to keep steady beats and rhythms and dance! We will begin each morning with circle time, including socializing games, songs, instruments, and rhythmical activities developing coordination and balance. We will also be doing at least one art project every day.
Movement: Movement will include fun keiki yoga sessions, dancing, trampoline time, ball play, and games in the yard.
Although our school will have an integration of Waldorf Philosophy, Kendyl understands that most of her students will attend Sunset Beach Elementary School. She has a master's degree in elementary education, a Hawaii teaching credential, and experience with teaching preschool and the lower grades of elementary school. She is currently homeschooling her second child in Kindergarten and is very familiar with the Kindergarten standards. She will do her best to academically prepare the children for an easy transition into Kindergarten by incorporating pre-kindergarten skills to the degree that each child seems ready.
Our school aims to provide a nurturing environment based on an understanding of each child’s unique developmental needs. Children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace. They will be encouraged to follow their natural curiosities so they will love learning and become life-long learners.
Tree School will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-1:00pm ($40 a day)