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Children's Garden Preschool

3915 Southeast Steele Street
Portland, OR 97202

(503) 775-4883

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is seen as unique and we work closely with parents to learn how we can best meet each child's needs. We do not however, have the appropriate teacher-child ratio for working with children with special behavioral or learning needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Blooming Garden Preschool exists to provide the children of our community with quality yet affordable preschool education. We are small, nurturing and a fun place for children to explore, make friends, create, sing, and grow with other children. We believe preschool should have a balance between unstructured and child-led play opportunities along with more structured, teacher-led activities. We teach our children to treat one another with kindness and respect and our desire is that each child feels uniquely loved, cared for and wanted at Blooming Garden.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:30: Children are warmly greeted, sign-in and have free-choice play.
9:30-10:00: Morning Meeting: Our daily story and singing time based on our theme for the month. Morning Meeting time includes stories, finger-plays, music & movement activities, book discussions, show & tell, calendar and more.
10:00-10:15: Snack Time: Children bring a snack from home to eat at school each day.
10:15-11:15: Project Time: 2 classrooms are open and available for free-choice play along side one-on-one or small group daily projects which go along with our theme. Projects may include art, science, cooking, nature exploration, writing and more.
11:15-11:30: Show & Tell: Children bring an item from home to share with the class.
11:30-12:00: Trike Time: Outside (weather permitting) we play in our large sandbox, ride trikes, climb on our play structure, play group games and more. Inside trike time includes trikes, balls, play and doll houses, slides, and more.
12:00: Time to go home after a fun and full day!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers are available to meet with after school and parents are given a monthly newsletter and calendar.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year