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Miss Jodi's Learning Garden

13112 Newport Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780

Phone:
(714) 734-0222

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Miss Jodi's Learning Garden strives to offer parents and children the very best in an introduction to learning. I feel that children are natural learners who can learn so much through structured play in a clean, supportive, exciting environment with caring instructors who love what they do!
SPROUTS: As early as 6 weeks old, our Parent and Child program helps babies by stimulating them with music and movement, language and textures, as well as giving parents a place to learn how to use play to help baby learn!
BUDS AND BLOSSOMS: Our Parent and Child classes for toddlers challenges toddlers with developmentally appropriate activities that foster large and fine motor skills while giving them a chance to learn socialization skills as well.
READY, SET...GROW!: Always maintaining a 6:1 ratio, our well trained, caring staff guides the class through free play activities and structured ones while helping them learn socialization skills."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6 WEEKS TO WALKING AGE:
PARENT DISCUSSION TIME ...time to share ideas and tips....time to learn the latest information for new parents...time to brag and share special stories!
CIRCLE TIME with plenty of songs designed to stimulate baby and teach parents new ways to play! Music and movement, puppets, bells, baby massage and more!
BUBBLES ...tons of them, perfect for strengthening eye tracking and eye hand coordination and just plain fun!
GYMNASTICS simple tumbling, front and back somersaults, rolling, swinging etc...
PARACHUTE PLAY ...on our huge parachute...Sing the good-bye song...a perfect end to a perfect class.

TODDLERS TO 18 MONTHS:
TIME TO EXPLORE our \"garden\" of brand new toys, games, climbing and swinging equipment, dress up clothes, computer center and library...a perfect place to start socialization skills!
CIRCLE TIME with plenty of songs for music and movement. Music sticks, puppets, stories, games, dancing, felt board, finger plays and more.
BUBBLES tons of them... perfect for popping
GYMNASTICS reinforce gross motor skills with our balance beams, trapeze bar, rings, swings, tumbling, obstacle course.
PARACHUTE PLAY on our huge parachute...Sing the good-bye song and get special stamps...a perfect end to a perfect class!

18 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS:
TIME TO EXPLORE our \"garden\" of brand new toys, games, climbing and swinging equipment, dress up clothes, computer center and library...a perfect place to start socialization skills!
CIRCLE TIME with plenty of songs for music and movement. Music sticks, puppets, stories, games, dancing, felt board, finger plays and more.
STORY TIME enjoy felt board stories, great books and puppets to help us learn colors, shapes, letters, numbers, counting and develop cognative skills.
BUBBLES tons of them... perfect for popping
GYMNASTICS reinforce gross motor skills with our balance beams, trapeze bar, rings, swings, tumbling, obstacle course.
CRAFT/SNACK TIME we alternate between snack time and craft time, spending time in our backroom glueing, coloring, painting and creating crafts to take home or having snack.
PARACHUTE PLAY on our huge parachute...Sing the good-bye song and get special stamps...a perfect end to a perfect class!

PRESCHOOL:
9:00-9:15 TABLE TIME ACTIVITIES: we begin the day with puzzles, playdough, coloring and other hands on learning tools to start us off focused and ready to learn!
9:15-9:30 FREE PLAY TIME: time to get the wiggles out before sitting down for circle.
9:30-10:15 CIRCLE TIME: each month we will discuss and learn about a new theme. We will learn a different alphabet letter each week as well! Circle time activities include, singing, dancing, story time, rhythm sticks, felt board stories, finger play and action rhymes and are designed to help kids want to focus and increase their attention span. We introduce children to sign language, teaching them the letter of the week in sign language, and other valuable signs as well!
10:15-10:20 LINE UP AND WASH HANDS: students are directed to wait for their turn in line to wash hands before each day’s healthy snack.
10:20-10:40 SNACK TIME: just like it sounds, we eat a daily snack provided by a different parent each day. Kids are required to clean up their own areas, teaching them good habits early as well as giving them a sense of responsibility.
10:40-11:00 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TIME: gymnastics, music and movement to get those bodies moving!
11:00-11:25 CRAFT TIME: our crafts coincide with the letter of the week (bears and bunnies for B etc..) or the theme of the month...or both if it works out!

PRE-KINDERGARDEN:
11:30-11:45 FREE PLAY TIME: time to get the wiggles out before sitting down to table time.
11:45-12:00 TABLE TIME: activities specifically focused on fine motor skills needed for writing such as worksheets, scissors and playdough.
12:00-12:30 CIRCLE TIME: each month we will discuss and learn about a new theme. We will l earn a different alphabet letter each week as well! Circle time activities include, singing, dancing, story time, rhythm sticks, felt board stories, finger play and action rhymes and are designed to help kids want to focus and increase their attention span. We introduce children to sign language, teaching them the letter of the week in sign language, and other valuable signs as well! We will focus on upper and lower case letter recognition and the sound of each letter.
12:30-12:35 WASH HANDS: students are directed to form a line, and wash hands before lunch.
12:35-1:00 LUNCH TIME: just like it sounds….your child eats a lunch that you provide for them each day. Please include healthy lunches with protein for strong minds!
1:00-1:15 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TIME: gymnastics, music and movement, obstacle courses, and other large motor skill games to get those bodies moving!
1:15-1:30 STORY TIME: time to cool down and be enchanted!
1:30-1:45 CRAFT TIME: our crafts coincide with the letter of the week or the theme of the month...sometimes both if it works out! Crafts are designed to teach students how to follow directions, and gain skills needed in kindergarten like using scissors and of course, to foster their creativity!
1:45-2:00 FREE PLAY TIME: blocks, puzzles, playdough, dress up, balls, parachute, bubbles
2:00-2:20 LEARNING ACTIVITY: alphabet bingo, letter matching, writing games and more
2:20-2:30 GOODBYE TIME: we end class with a good bye song and hand out our crafts and important papers to go home as well!
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school