Children's Garden

Ages 2.5 - 6

  • 2 Day, 3 Day and 5 Day Options

  • Hours: 8.30 AM - 12.30 PM (For children who turn 3 after Dec. 1 2019, hours are 9.35 AM - 12.30 PM)

  • AfterCare available until 2.30 PM (Monday - Thursday only, no AfterCare on Fridays)

  • The 2 and 3 day program is for children 2.5 to 4 years of age. (Children 2 and older by March 1, 2019).

  • The 5 day program is for children 3 - 6 years of age. (Children 3 and older by Sept 1, 2019).

  • Children must be independent in the bathroom to be eligible for enrollment

Truly a child’s garden, our mixed age early childhood classes are designed particularly to protect, nourish and encourage the developing child.  Our classes are warm, joyful and family-like, with experienced teachers who support and guide each child’s imaginative capacities, practical skills, social development and emerging intellect.
 


The children's garden is purposefully pre-academic and provides children with the strong foundations they will need for elementary-age learning.  Circle time and story-telling provide a foundation for language arts; rhythmic games, songs, and guided movement help children develop a relationship to space, numbers, and mathematics; exposure to the natural world provides the foundation for the life sciences; creative play lays the foundation for self-motivated learning and artistic activity fosters creative problem solving and the development of integrated life skills.
 

Children refine their self-care skills and their expanding ability to help each other forms a close-knit class community. 

The diversity of ages in our mixed-age Children’s Garden classes provides the opportunity for students to learn from one another and inspire growth in each other. Older children help younger children and are given greater classroom responsibilities with daily activities tailored to their increasing capacities. Activities for the older kindergarten child are also specifically designed to prepare them for the challenges of first grade.  The younger children learn from the older children by watching and begin to learn some of the steps, skills and expectations. 
 

Through attentive focus, and with a peaceful approach, teachers ensure that each child feels their worthiness in the classroom. The children  find within themselves competent, capable individuals who can step into the wider world with confidence.  

EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A PAIL, BUT THE LIGHTING OF FIRE.
— WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS