Hightstown, NJ


  • Morning:  Core class (according to age)

  • 12:00 to 1:00:  Lunch Bunch

  • Afternoons: 
    • Starfish or Explorer (MWF) enrichment
    • Panda or Rainbow (Tu/Th) enrichment

3 year old class: "Butterflies"

This group of 3-year old preschoolers learn through imaginative play, games, scientific exploration, critical thinking, movement and social play. Our monthly units and concepts are presented in small groups of 5 children so learning is focused and positive. Important experiential skills are developed through fun hands-on activities. In our play area, two teachers per 10 children help guide your child to more independent social and self-help skills  as they explore a variety of toys. We encourage using good manners, verbal expression of feelings, and peer respect, which fosters good friendship and basic life skills. While playing, children learn to observe, engage, problem solve, and relate to others.

3 1/2 - 4 year old class: "Ladybugs"

Our Ladybug group is designed for 3 1/2 - 4 year olds who miss the public school district's cut-off for kindergarten (5 years old by October 1st). The perfect transition between preschool and pre-kindergarten, Ladybugs enjoy exciting theme-based learning as they acquire pre-academic skills and classroom skills that will ensure school success.

Supplemental Classes

2 year old class: "Caterpillars"

We have a very special program for our 2 year olds. Our Caterpillar curriculum is specially designed as a gentle introduction to the school environment that encourages the high-energy and curiosity of this very active age group. Developmentally appropriate "mini-lessons" are loosely based on monthly themes and concepts. The children experience a school routine, practice sharing, taking turns, and caring for materials. Captivating games and hands-on activities provide opportunities for building expressive and receptive language skills while refining gross motor skills and dexterity. Our focus on socialization and friendship creates a safe, nurturing environment in which our youngest students have fun and foster friendships while preparing for the formal pre-school experience.

Core Classes

"Starfish" class --
  • typically offered MWF afternoons
  • geared toward children ages 3 and 4

"Explorers" class --

  • typically offered MWF afternoons
  • geared toward children ages 4 1/2  and 5

"Pandas" class and "Rainbows" class --

  • typically offered Tu/Th afternoons
  • geared toward children ages 3, 4 & 5

These classes are designed to complement our core preschool classes and are geared toward the 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  These classes are designed for children who could use more time in a school setting, in addition to their core preschool or pre-k class. These classes will provide opportunities for group dynamics, individual support, and extended reinforcement of concepts and units.

These classes engage children in a wide variety of enriching activities that are based on a monthly theme. Some of the "Starfish" class themes have included: "Starfish and Sunflowers", pond life, things that fly, simple physics, storytelling, cooperative games, and movement and music. The "Explorers" engage in language arts (reading and writing), math, science, social studies, art, and music experiences as well as dramatic play, fine and gross motor activities and more. Our monthly themes vary and in past years have included: "children around the world", caves, rocks & minerals, science & nature investigations, author studies, brain games, and cooking. Some of the "Panda" and "Rainbow" class themes have included: the rain forest, a world tour, a safari, and medieval times.

Incorporated into every monthly theme are activities that reinforce our core preschool program goals and objectives including pre-math concepts, developing expressive language using prompts, early literacy skill building, simple science concepts, and much more. These classes have the benefit of allowing time for the "teachable moment". These are spontaneous, immediate, and related to the interest level of the child.

Pre-K classes: "Dinos" and "Dolphins"

The Learning Tree's pre-kindergarten program addresses all areas of a child's development and prepares children for kindergarten. Our nurturing and caring environment enables children to grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically, in addition to promoting language development. We follow a daily routine that offers a variety of activities including reading, art, music, dramatic play, science activities, outdoor play, and more. Children have opportunities to select what they want to do during their daily routine. We vary our instruction methods to address the children's individual needs and different learning styles. We frequently work with the children individually and in small groups of 3 or 4 and we provide many opportunities for hands-on learning. The Annex is the room where students experience the structured part of their day. Some of the activities held specifically in the Annex include carpet time, the Alpha Tales program, thematic unit lessons, listening center days, and learning stations. Numerous centers with interesting materials also encourage learning. The pre-kindergarten program at The Learning Tree lays the foundation for future academic success.