The most important aspect of our work is to provide a nurturing, loving, consistent, home-like environment in which to foster children’s gradual, healthy growth and learning.
What do children really need in the years from birth through age 6? What experiences are essential in these precious years of rapid physical growth and change? What is the true nature of early childhood and how can we honor it?
To us at Tiny Green Trees Children’s Center, the first years of life are a time for establishing a strong and healthy foundation for all the emotional and intellectual learning to come. It is a time when imitating the adult world, playing imaginatively, and developing and practicing good habits and practical skills are the child’s “school” work.
At Tiny Green Trees, early childhood is honored, and children are supported in their healthy development.
We have come to appreciate a quote from Henry David Thoreau, describing the slow growth of a strong tree as a message for us about the slow growth of human beings. We are caring or “tiny green trees” at our center, so that they can grow to be sturdy and robust mature trees over time.
Thoreau said it this way:
I am struck by the fact that
the more slowly trees grow at first,
the sounder they are at the core,
and I think
that the same is true of human beings.
We do not wish to see children
making great strides in their early years
producing a soft and perishable timber,
but better if they expand slowly at first,
as if contending with difficulties,
and so are solidified and perfected.
continue to expand
with nearly equal rapidity to
extreme old age.