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


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.


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.



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

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.