Curriculum

The Learning Garden's curriculum utilizes a thematic approach based on children's interests. 

Infants & Toddlers

 

Planning for Infants & Toddlers involves lesson plans as well as opportunities for experience.  When teachers organize materials for the classroom, they take into account children's individual differences along with their knowledge of child development.  Planning is based on observations of the children using their interests, their new skills, and their reactions to materials.

Preschoolers, Pre-Kindergarteners & Jr. Kindergarteners

 

The Learning Garden preschool curriculum utilizes a thematic approach based on children's interests as means of providing intrinsic motivation for learning.  By using a thematic approach, we teach children the way environments and humans interconnect.  This process helps children make sense of their world.  Books, which are excellent tools in the learning process, have been incorporated into each thematic unit as a means to introduce early language skills.

 

Classrooms teachers choose age-appropriate individual and group activities/experiences that include music & movement, dramatic play, mathematics (classification, counting & numerals, matching, measuring, sequencing, sorting), language arts (story predictions, story recall, letter recognition, letter formation), social studies, interactive learning through exploration in the areas of science, art, and the five senses.

 

The Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten classrooms build on the Preschool skills in order to provide transition into Kindergarten.  As part of our literacy program, the introduction and continual practice of sight words help the children to succeed as early readers.

 

The high-quality learning environment is designed to inspire curiosity, problem solving, and critical thinking, while at the same time offering a wide variety of learning experiences that support successful transitions to life-long learning.