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Curriculum Philosophy

Our curriculum is developed around the four significant areas of all children's development: socialemotional,physical, and cognitive. These are four concepts that guide all adult interactions with children, whether formal or informal.

Social

Children learn through interaction with adults and other children. At The Children's Garden, they are provided with opportunities to develop social skills such as cooperating, sharing, helping, negotiating, and communicating with others.

Emotional

Children learn best when their physical needs are met and they feel psychologically safe and secure. Adults facilitate the development of self-control in children by using positive guidance techniques such as modeling, redirecting children to acceptable behavior, and providing positive reinforcement.

Physical

Children are provided daily opportunities to develop large muscle and small muscle skills through a variety of indoor and outdoor play activities. Children gain physical knowledge through having their needs met by learning to meet their own needs.

Cognitive

Children's inherent curiosity motivates them to become involved in learning activities. The Children's Garden embraces this form of learning. The children are encouraged to use their imaginations to explore the world around them and express themselves through a variety of channels.

During this time of development, a tool many teachers are taught to use is journaling. This helps them to access the academic, social, and emotional progress of the classroom as a whole. This can also alert us to any social/emotional issues that might occur with your child.

Curriculum Development

Our curriculum is designed and implemented by each set of teachers and is developmentally appropriate for the children under their care. The following are examples of tools and techniques which may be used throughout the day:

  • Songs
  • Storytime (puppets, fingerplay, feltboard)
  • Dramatic Play
  • Sensory
  • Fine Motor (lacing, tracing, cutting, pasting, puzzles)
  • Gross Motor (walking, climbing, throwing, hopping, jumping)
  • Painting and artistic mediums
  • Phonics, Math, Science, Health, Cooking (Preschool, through Kindergarten)

Many times during these activities we may take photographs or videotape the children to enhance thier learning experience. Over the years we have found parents really enjoy "seeing" their child learn and grow.

We invite all parents to join us as we explore topics throughout the year. Ways you can enhance the classroom could be through relaying an experience, your job knowledge, a show and tell item, or a family tradition. Please express your interest to any of the teachers in the classroom.

All classes celebrate holidays such as Christmas, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Therefore, parents may be asked to provide additional art or party supplies during the year.