The Garden Schoolhouse believes in the rights of children. In our child care center, children will grow into leaders, peacemakers, innovators, and builders. The school honors a connection to the Earth, all people and living things.

Here's how we do it.

 

the garden schoolhouse difference

Using the Reggio Emilia Approach, The Garden Schoolhouse focuses on the development of each child, through collaboration, the Hundred Language Studio, and a reverence for the natural world. The school believes a child's roots must grow so deeply that her branches can withstand any storm.

 

Never in a million years did we think our daughter would get the opportunity to have the most amazing teachers.... Ms. Amy, Ms. Audrey and Ms. Betty take the time to work with our daughter to allow her to be the best that she can be....
— Lenée Français Harner Pennington, Parent
We were immensely impressed with the school on our visit. I have been familiar with the Reggio Emilia approach through some of my own professional development as an educator and can see first hand how incredibly nurturing and engaging it is. We loved the size of the school - big enough to meet lots of new peers, small enough to still get individualized love and attention. We loved the setup! So many engaging rooms to grow and learn - so many things to discover where curiosity is all you need to take students to new places. We love that they get plenty of outdoor time. We especially loved the way Ms. Audrey taught! “Be aware of your body in space.” From her student-centered language to her “teacher as facilitator” approach, we just loved it all.
— Parents

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Our philosophy of education is grounded in the Reggio Emilia approach which includes:

Image of the child

We believe that children are born thinkers and learners who observe and experiment from their earliest months to understand their world. Children are naturally curious, creative, and motivated to discover and learn. We believe our role as educators is to nurture and sustain their natural dispositions in our child care center.

PROGRAM (More than Daycare)

  • Play-based Learning

  • Daily Physical Exercise

  • Personalized instruction based on teacher observation of student

  • Student-centered learning

Play is not in opposition to academics, learning, or work.  Play-based learning develops:

  • Cognitive abilities:  Solve math and engineering problem solving with blocks

  • Literacy skills:  Create characters, resolve conflict, and present a play

  • New vocabulary:  Communicate needs and wants at a pretend grocery store

  • Social skills:  Collaborate with others to create a large cardboard city

  • Physical abilities:  Develop the body to build balance and hand-eye coordination.  Children at our child care center are physically active a minimum of 90 minutes each day.

  • Executive Functions:  Learn to regulate emotions, remember instructions, and focus to complete tasks in preparation for kindergarten.

Children’s play is self-directed and can become complex when they are immersed in an activity they choose in a nurturing child care setting.  The Garden Schoolhouse is an object-rich environment that piques a child’s interest and provokes creativity and imagination.  

Collaboration

In a collaborative environment, children begin to understand their unique talents, both as an individual and as part of a group.  We teach children how to negotiate conflicts when they arise. In time, children recognize and accept strengths of classmates without judgment or competition and build a healthy learning community.

 

The Hundred Languages Studio

Children use various media and expressions (clay, pen, paper, watercolor, song, imagination and science) in the studio to communicate within "the hundred languages of children." They learn to reflect on their knowledge as they make their learning visible.

 

The Natural World

As children observe the natural world, they are prompted to ask questions that lead to discovery in science and social studies.  Students grow vegetables and flowers in raised beds which helps them attune to the seasons and connect with the natural world.

CURRICULUM

The Garden Schoolhouse uses “Get Set for School - Learning without Tears”  an evidence based preschool curriculum that includes pre-writing, math and literacy components.