Curriculum

Daily Schedule

The overall schedule remains consistent from day to day. However, we maintain flexibility in the schedule to adjust for the needs of children and staff. 

Morning

6:00    Garden of Learning opens Monday-Friday 

           Learning centers, free play, guided activities

7:00    Breakfast for Before School children

9:00    Preschool morning snack

9:30    Circle Time 

9:45    Art

10:15  Learning centers, free play, guided activities

10:40  Math

11:05  Science

11:25  Get ready to go outside

11:30  Outdoor play; if weather does not permit,                       indoor music & movement

 

Noon    Lunch

 

Afternoon

12:30  Quiet activity (blocks, puzzles, Legos, etc.)

1:00    Literacy

1:30    Nap

3:00    After School children begin arriving

3:30    Afternoon snack; get ready to go outside

4:00    Outdoor play; if weather does not permit, 

           indoor music & movement

5:15    Closing discussion

5:30    Learning centers, free play, guided activities

6:00    Garden of Learning closes

Curriculum Description
Individualized and group instruction, with an excellent student/teacher ratio  
 
Learning objectives in-line with preparation for Frederick County Public School Kindergarten curriculum 
 
Ongoing formal and informal assessment to evaluate each child’s strengths, weaknesses, and preferred learning styles
 
Strong focus on social and emotional development including:
        Group Circle Time discussions and role plays
        Problem solving and conflict resolution strategies
        Monthly Character Development theme
        Self-help skill development
        Multicultural appreciation activities/themes
 
"Hands-on" learning activities such as cooking, scientific experiments, arts & crafts
 
Emphasis on developing a love for nature through recycling, gardening, walking the grass maze, playing the outdoor bamboo pipes, and sitting in the tepee
 
Daily activities in literacy, art, math, science, music, and movement incorporated with a weekly theme
 
Engaging learning and dramatic play centers
 
Outdoor playtime twice per day in the naturalistic playground, with flexibility in the schedule to extend science to the outdoors


No TV watching at Garden of Learning


Parent/teacher conferences twice per year

4 field trips each year

Guest presentations