Between Two Trees – “Best in Child-Led Inquiry-Based Learning”

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Embracing the beauty of nature, Between Two Trees is a charming preschool that constantly celebrates the bond between nature and learning! With programs tailored for children aged 18 months to 6 years old, this distinguished preschool is dedicated to fostering a teaching approach that cultivates and nurtures each child’s innate curiosity and wonder.

FEATURES  

Child-Led Learning Pedagogy – The B2T way acknowledges and respects children as teaching partners. Children are invited to play, explore, investigate, collaborate, and problem-solve, all in their own unique ways. They are empowered to establish their own objectives and methods, diverging from conventional teacher-directed learning models. The teachers act as facilitators who support the children in discovery and study. Together, they continually stimulate, investigate, and reflect upon the learning process, ensuring a dynamic curriculum that adapts to the evolving needs of the children. At Between Two Trees, the emphasis is on extensively documenting this whole negotiated learning-teaching process and then using it for curriculum development. Both children and educators are encouraged to revisit ideas and experiences as a window to progressive learning. Child-led learning allows children to develop at their own speed and bloom in their own time. Children’s voices are valued and respected; this motivates them to share their questions and perspectives, fostering confidence and self-assurance in the process.

Project–based Learning – The B2T way encourages hands-on, experiential learning with the help of project work, art, and play. At Between Two Trees, learning by doing holds great significance and is inculcated at every level. The children develop the necessary skills required to understand concepts and apply them, enhancing both their knowledge and their learning experience. Children work alone, in small and larger groups—and learn responsibility, ownership, communication, and teamwork.

While gardening, studio art, and playtime serve a pivotal role in the learning process, Between Two Trees places equal importance on languages (English and Chinese), mathematics, and science & technology in the learning journey. These subjects are delivered holistically, employing real-life objects and experiences.

Beautiful Environment – The B2T way bears testimony to how children thrive when they learn in a beautiful, enriching environment around them. The preschool is blessed with green outdoor spaces where one can find a playground, a tricycle area, a water-play area, and a sand play area for children to engage in meaningful play. Children make use of materials such as paint, clay/ dough, blocks, water, and sand for self-directed exploration and inquiry-based learning.

As part of the school’s edible gardening curriculum, children learn the concept of ‘farm to table.’ They acquire knowledge on tending to various plant species, understanding the stages of plant growth, and actively engage in green sustainability practices like composting. The school partners with families and the community in spearheading various green initiatives, such as recycling and reusing recycled materials for use by children in their daily activities in the school’s very own recycling centre.

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Drawing inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach, Between Two Trees Preschool stands as a boutique preschool that goes beyond traditional preschool education, inspiring children to become responsible stakeholders in the community and the environment. The school has won numerous awards for its sustainability efforts and green initiatives. Between Two Trees was also conferred the Outstanding Centre for Teaching and Learning Award in 2021 by ECDA.

Take a look at what happy B2T parents have to say about the school:

“When I was researching preschools in Singapore, I was drawn to Between Two Trees for its homely location within a quiet residential street.  Its Reggio Emilia philosophy was also of interest in terms of its development of the child as an individual. As my daughter was still quite young, I was also looking for a school that didn’t feel like an ‘institution’, and wanted an environment for her that was nurturing, caring and familial. Between Two Trees embodied all of that – from its setting within a residential house, to its in-house cooks creating their own food in the kitchen using produce grown by the teachers and children from the garden. Bilingualism was also a key factor for us in choosing a preschool, and Between Two Trees offered that. We felt wholly involved in the B2T community. I would say the school thoroughly embraces you and your family into its fabric. My experience was nothing short of outstanding when I think of the school and its staff. I felt that my child was cared for and ‘seen’ as an individual not just by her classroom’s teachers, but by all the teachers and staff. Everyone knew her name, knew what she liked and more importantly, she felt safe and secure with everyone there. It felt like a family and there’s nothing more you could ask for as a parent when it comes to choosing a school for your child.” 

 – M, Mother to L (3 years old)