Curriculum


Children’s Garden of Learning approaches its curriculum planning based on three things:

 

PLAY

It is through play that children explore boundaries, ability, arenas of and stages leading to physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.  We believe “play is essential to development.”  Play is a child’s work and contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for teachers and parents to engage fully with their children.

 

ENVIRONMENT

The foundation of our curriculum, the environment we create is critical to the success of learning at CGL.  Child-centered activities, attractive and interesting natural materials – these are provided in a carefully organized and thoughtful manner. Discovery is one of the building blocks of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, allowing children to expand their boundaries through creativity and curiosity. We encourage children to discover the world around them, how to be independent and self-confident and to be curious.

 

CHILD-CENTRIC

Children’s themes, not the adult’s that we use as the basis of our planning. The teacher’s plans are a thoughtful introduction of materials to stimulate the emergence of these themes. We use the seven domains of learning as the foundation

  • Cognitive
  • Social/Emotional
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Creative Play
  • Self-Help
  • Language/Communication/li>

 

The staff at Children’s Garden of Learning has spent much time exploring curriculum theory.  We have consulted with experienced professionals, attended nationally accredited programs, and continually research curriculum literature and theory.  The curriculum at Children’s Garden of Learning is dynamic and ever-changing, and will continue to grow and change along with the most up-to-date early childhood research.

Why CGL

Reggio Emilia Inspired Education

Stemming from and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education, Children’s Garden of Learning embraced this concept because it fosters independence, self-help skills, and creativity. READ MORE

Kindergarten Readiness

We concentrate on the top readiness skills as outlined by Ellen H. Parlapiano in Parent and Child, such as enthusiasm for learning, solid oral-language skills, the ability to listen, the desire to be independent, the ability to play well with others, strong fine-motor skills, and basic letter and number recognition. READ MORE

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

CGL provides an environment that offers content, materials, activities and methodologies that are both age-appropriate and individually-appropriate for each child. READ MORE