At The Gardner School, we have created a rich learning environment that will stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth. We believe that each child should be provided with experiences that enhance self-esteem, which is essential in the adjusting, exploring and growing stages of child development. This approach ensures that each child’s learning experience will be nurtured at the proper pace, and will give them a strong educational foundation for a bright future.
This comprehensive curriculum combines nurturing, consistent and loving interactions with appropriately challenging learning experiences to help our students under the age of three to grow and flourish. For young children, meaningful and long-lasting learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play and exploration, facilitated by the highly intentional direction of teachers who encourage and cherish the child’s accomplishments. The Creative Curriculum rests on a firm foundation of early childhood educational research, implementing the works of Piaget, Maslow, Erikson, Smilansky, Vygotsky and Gardner.
With a foundation in early childhood neurological research, the DLM Curriculum structures our Preschool and Pre-K programs for optimal learning in an engaging classroom environment. The carefully selected and sequenced learning experiences strategically help children grasp early literacy, language, math and science concepts. A wide range of learning materials and a multi-sensory approach keep the children engaged, while the teachers focus on repeating, expanding and connecting classroom lessons to begin scaffolding concepts and build upon prior knowledge. Designed to comply with key state and national early childhood guidelines, your child will be fully prepared for the academic expectations in Kindergarten and beyond.
As a complement to our DLM Curriculum, the Handwriting Without Tears program helps to make legible, fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for our Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The curriculum uses multi-sensory techniques and consistent letter formation habits to teach handwriting at an early age. With this program, our teachers use instructional techniques and activities that are geared to help improve a child’s self-confidence, pencil grip, body awareness and posture.
We place a high priority on routinely assessing students to ensure that they are progressing at a developmentally appropriate level and to tailor the child’s lessons in areas where he or she may need improvement. Through phone calls, scheduled meetings and parent/teacher conferences, TGS enables and encourages our parents to be an active part of their child’s educational experience.
"We wanted our child to begin learning as early as possible. We were not looking for a baby sitter. We wanted her to be part of an educational program that helped her build social and learning skills at a very early age."
At The Gardner School, we take great pride in building a well-educated, well-trained, caring and motivating team of support. We ensure that all teachers meet the qualification set by each state, as well as passing stringent background screenings, health screenings and a thorough review of personal references. With extensive training, orientation and continuing education programs, we develop and train the total teacher, so that children are sharing their days with TGS-trained learning advocates.
All lead teachers are required to have a four-year degree in early childhood education or a closely related field, and they are carefully selected based on their education, previous teaching experience and ability to bond and effectively communicate with their students. Above all, we choose faculty members who love the early childhood profession and have a strong, positive curiosity about life that sparks confidence and joy in those around them. This high standard is one of many that sets TGS apart.
Each day, you child will interact with his or her lead teacher, who will stay with the classroom for continuity and consistency. With a faculty of teacher’s assistants and constant support from the school leadership team, kitchen manager and enrichment program teachers, we have a large team of confident, capable faculty members to ensure that your child’s day progresses smoothly.
Our unique learning atmosphere incorporates a careful blend of Traditional and Montessori styles of learning through structured play, child-directed activities and curriculum-based lessons. We believe that an environment that fosters creativity, exploration and acceptance will stimulate and nurture children’s growth and development, as well as building self-esteem. This enriched educational experience will provide a strong foundation for future success and a lifelong love of learning.
Our carefully balanced program features a full day of developmentally and age-appropriate activities. Understanding that each child is unique, our teachers create engaging, structured lessons and group activities, while remaining flexible enough to foster self-discovery and independence as each child explores and learns at his or her own pace. With our curricula, every class builds upon the previous age groups’ learning by reviewing and scaffolding concepts, making connections in new ways through hands-on experience. Teachers focus on open communication with parents to encourage their participation and the extension of lessons at home.