The Preschool Experience


Preschoolers are children aged 3 to 5 years old. Many CGL preschoolers are those who have spent a year with us in a Toddler classroom and have graduated  to preschool. However, there are many preschoolers who join CGL at the beginning of their first or second year of preschool. There are two preschool classrooms, each with two teachers for 13-14 children. In addition, there is an assistant who floats through these classrooms throughout the day.

What Does a Preschool Day Look Like?

One preschool classroom is for younger preschoolers, aged three to four years old. The other preschool classrooms serves four to five year old preschoolers. Each classroom has two teachers for 13-14 children.

When a child steps into a CGL preschool classroom he or she is surrounded by a comforting, home-like environment full of natural and thought-provoking materials. Children are welcome to independently select materials, companions, and to manage their play independently. As they discover areas of art, blocks, creative play, sciences, math, practical life and literacy, teachers observe and document each child’s development.

Preschool Schedule

7:30 -8:30am  Extended Care
8:30-9:30         Regular Drop Off
8:30-10:00       Classroom Exploration
10:00-10:30     Good Morning Circle
10:30-11:00      Classroom Exploration
11:00-11:30       Small Group
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-1:45        Outside Play
2:00-3:30         Naptime
3:45-4:00         Snack and Story
4:00-4:30         Regular Pick Up
4:30-5:30         Afternoon Extended Care (extra fee)

Pillars of CGL

Stemming from and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education, 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.

ENVIRONMENT

The foundation of our curriculum, the environment we create is critical to the success of learning at CGL.

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.

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