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.
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)
Daily Physical Exercise
Personalized instruction based on teacher observation of student
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.
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.
The Garden Schoolhouse uses “Get Set for School - Learning without Tears” an evidence based preschool curriculum that includes pre-writing, math and literacy components.