The Goddard SchoolÂ® is dedicated to providing the foundation to encourage each childï¿½??s lifelong love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment by:
- offering a wide range of enriching activities to meet the needs of each child
- focusing on building each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills
- offering multi-cultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment
- complying with Quality Assurance Reviews and parent surveys conducted by GSI
- supporting the professional development of teachers through GSU
- offering open communication with families in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect
Whether gently holding an infant, encouraging toddlers to share, or providing preschoolers with a variety of enriching activities, caring teachers support the healthy development of children from six weeks to six years.
Choosing The Goddard SchoolÂ® means your child will make friends, discover that learning is fun and feel safe every day.
Our Infant Program:
Our nursery has been specially designed to create a warm and secure environment for infants. From the peaceful sleeping alcove to the big rocking chairs where babies are held and fed their bottles, babies at The Goddard SchoolÂ® have a very special place.
Each family develops their childï¿½??s daily schedule. They set naptimes, playtimes and bottle times to ensure consistency between home and Goddard. Our teachers also welcome visits from families at any time.
- Our Infant Room includes a play area full of stimulating toys and books where babies are encouraged to develop at their own pace.
- Teachers sing songs and read stories to encourage language acquisition, and they pass balls and play games to develop motor skills.
- Teachers spend lots of time cuddling and talking to babies to instill trust and to provide a healthy learning environment.
- In many Goddard Schools, American Sign Language is introduced in the Infant and First Steps rooms. Infants learn to express their thoughts or needs without regard to their language ability.
- Infants love to move and explore and Goddard teachers appreciate this curiosity. Swings and play seats, therefore, are limited in our Infant Rooms.
- The First Steps classroom transitions children from infant to toddler ï¿½?? children attempt new vocabulary and practice self-help skills.
Our Pre-Toddler & Toddler Program:
Toddlers make great developmental strides - from first steps to potty-training; our teachers are right there to provide support in a fun and active environment. Energetic teachers plan activities in a bright and cheery learning environment to encourage toddlersï¿½?? eager investigation of the world.
In order to provide toddlers with the consistency and routine they crave, teachers plan days filled with a balance of quiet activities, spirited music and movement and plenty of outdoor climbing, running and jumping.
- Learning Centers for imaginary play, blocks and puzzles, creative art and lots of books are always open for discovery.
- Teachers emphasize social growth through circle time with stories and songs incorporated into each day to encourage language skills.
- Toddlers practice self-help skills including hand washing, putting on their coats, picking up their toys and sharing with their friends.
- Teachers encourage developmentally appropriate behavior through gross motor activity, such as balance beams and tip-toes; and fine motor skills through crayon and marker use.
- Although children potty-train at their own pace, parents and Goddard teachers work together to provide the best environment for success in the Get Set program.
- Teachers instill confidence as children learn the answers to their favorite questions: Why? and Where?
Our Pre-School Program:
Bright classrooms and large playgrounds create the backdrop for a learning environment where preschoolers engage in age-appropriate activities related to a monthly theme.
Learning Centers for math, science, imaginary play, music, creative art and computers provide both shared and independent learning opportunities. Teachers fill these centers with theme-related materials to engage children at each stage of their development.
- Preschoolers are introduced to cognitive skills like sequencing and matching, social skills in similarities and diversity and language art skills such as storytelling and process-writing.
- Learning Centers encourage self-reliance and provide opportunities for children to develop their self confidence. Children also practice their decision making as they navigate from center to center.
- Children are encouraged to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities.
- Visits from local museums and libraries, community helpers, doctors and theatrical productions are incorporated into the classroom to provide a real-world learning experience.
- Computers are an everyday component of the preschool classroom and allow children to practice their new skills.
- Enrichment programs, such as fitness, art history and manners, are incorporated into each preschooler's daily schedule.
Our Pre-K & Kinder-Enrichment Program:
Pre-kindergartners gain skills to guide them toward their future academic success. The learning tenets of this private program include kindergarten preparedness, social finesse and mastery of gross motor skills.
Each school day is balanced with opportunities for independent discovery, cooperative learning and generous outdoor playtime.
- Kindergarten preparation includes becoming comfortable with computers, developing complex logical patterns and handwriting practice.
- Pre-kindergarteners become aware of themselves as learners and begin to develop strategies for expressing their ideas in both spoken and written forms.
- Teachers promote cooperative play and collaborative problem-solving through lesson plans individually written for the children in their classrooms.
- Children develop multi-tasking skills, hand-eye coordination and rhythm and tempo through lots of singing, dancing and rhyming.
- Enrichment programs, such as music appreciation, foreign language and world cultures, are incorporated into pre-kindergarten lesson plans.*
- Access to computers helps to provide children with the necessary familiarity to move to their next technological level.
*For specific scheduling info, please call and set up a tour.