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A Children's Garden (Leucadia)

1421 Burgundy Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone:
(760) 436-5370

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

A Children's Garden embraces a progressive philosophy based on the work of John Dewey. We recognize that play is the work of children. Our children learn to think, reason, question, and experiment as they participate in hands-on activities with a stimulating variety of open-ended materials.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A Children's Garden Preschool collaborates with parents to build a foundation for lifelong learning.

We strive to: Nurture physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth as an interrelated and continuous process.

Offer a developmentally appropriate play-oriented program with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, such as art experiences, dramatic play, stories, and music.

Provide a safe, loving, and caring place for children and their families.

A Children's Garden embraces a progressive philosophy based on the work of John Dewey. We recognize that play is the work of children. Our children learn to think, reason, question, and experiment as they participate in hands-on activities with a stimulating variety of open-ended materials.


A Typical Day

Morning Plan

For the first part of each morning, our children are able to choose where they would like to play, who they would like to play with, and in what activity they will do. This open setting provides children with some control over their school day, supporting socialization and a sense of well-being. Children thrive when they have opportunities every day to make choices in their learning.

For the second part of each morning, children participate in group activities with their peers. They rotate through four learning environments: art, large motor and music, small motor and dramatic play, and cognitive skills.

8:30 am 9:40am am: Indoor/Outdoor Activities
All areas are set up with developmentally appropriate materials to encourage social, emotional, creative, cognitive, and physical development.

10:00 am - 10:15 am: Community Snack Time

10:15: Community Gathering
During our gathering, teachers and children participate in storytelling, music, and dance. Children are often included in the decision about what activities will take place during the day.

10:15 am - 11:45 am: Group Rotations
Children rotate with their peers into the four environments: art, large motor, small motor, and cognitive skills.

11:45 am 12:15 pm: Community Lunch

12:15 pm 12:30 pm: Outdoor Activities, Story Time, Pick Up (Parents arrive to pick up preschool children.)

Afternoon Plan

1:00 pm 3:00 pm: Rest Time

Children are invited to rest or engage in quiet-time activities.

3:00 pm 5:30 pm: Indoor/Outdoor Activities
All areas are have developmentally appropriate materials to encourage social, emotional, creative, cognitive, and physical development.


Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation