Curriculum

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The Children’s Garden Experience

The Children’s Garden School has provided a social and emotional  curriculum, taught in ways that honor and nurture children’s developmental needs and strengths to encourage competent and well-developed children since 1977.

The Children’s Garden provides children with a rich curriculum and nurturing atmosphere that celebrates uniqueness, promotes self-esteem, and encourages cooperation based on mutual respect. Our classes explore our unique natural setting, and integrate social skills, literacy and math readiness, science, cultural enrichment, and the creative arts in an emergent, play-based environment.

We know young children are curious, they use all their senses, they love to explore, they practice new words and skills over and over, they model and imitate, they often take risks fearlessly and they are physically active. Our wonderful staff are well versed in engaging children, and providing them with space to integrate their learning and play play play.

We value each child as a unique, creative individual and a caring cooperative member of our school. Our program has been developed to support and encourage the child’s natural growth. We work to create a passion for learning, reinforce positive attitudes about themselves and others, teach them to find their voice while respecting themselves and those around them and to appreciate and respect the natural environment.

Attachment and Bonding

Your child’s foundational work of attachment and bonding at Preschool. 

For many children, The time spent at The Children’s Garden School is their first time away from parents or family. This is a huge step for both children and families. 

It seems counter-intuitive to think attachment is something that children are learning as they go off to school, but in fact it is a foundational lesson essential to a confident child. The ability to tenderly say goodbye to their loving caretater, and trust that they will be just fine, and in fact able to have a great time exploring, learning, making new bonds gives children the confidence to individuate, and start their personal educational journey!

Larger picture, secure attachment builds optimistic attitude toward life, self confidence, and greater resilience to stress, stronger immune responses, and refines brain development creating nuro-pathways that lay strong the foundation for learning. 

Here are some ways the teachers at The Children’s Garden nourish bonds and attachment with our preschoolers: 

  • We understand that like a muscle, strong attachment is something that is built over time, it takes hard (and sometimes uncomfortable) work. It takes thoughtful care to build up, and maintenance to tend. 
  • We provide a safe, loving atmosphere where children are seen as the unique person they are. We actively work with with the individual child to cultivate mutual respect. 
  •  We explore and enjoy the world together in simple ways — reading and singing together, exploring the forest trails, or playing together on the playground.
  • We include our students in everyday jobs and chores. They enjoy a great sense of belonging when taught how to make a positive contribution. We Include ways that are scaled to a child’s age and abilities.
  • We are sensitive to your child’s stage of development. We nurture emerging skills with toys, games and interactions geared to your child’s abilities. The success children experience during play builds confidence and self-esteem.
  • We celebrate and applaud preschoolers’ growing attachments to others — classmates, siblings, teachers, and caretakers. To feel secure in love, preschoolers need to know we aren’t jealous or resentful of their attachments with others. 
  • The consistency of our core staff, is rare indeed, and the bonds we are able to build over our three years of programming is powerful. By the time of graduation, our staff is often in tears, as we see your children as part of our own, and we too become attached. 

Developmental Milestones

Explore the physical, cognitive, language and social and emotional milestones of a three, four and five-year-old child.

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