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The preschool years are one of the greatest times of discovery, learning and exploration. Children are discovering their feelings, learning life-long social skills and expanding their intellectual horizons by leaps and bounds. The Secret Garden Preschool provides a safe and supportive environment where your child can develop in all these ways.

Perhaps the most challenging area of growth for preschoolers is their emotional and social development. One of the primary goals of our program is to help children learn the skills of sharing, problem solving, cooperation and expressing feelings and desires verbally. We help children acquire these skills through lots of positive guidance and by role modeling. We want our students to learn the importance of compassion, kindness and respect for all. The teachers at The Secret Garden Preschool teach by these values.

We believe that in order to build a strong sense of community within our school, we must begin with each child as an individual. The more children learn about themselves and their abilities, the more confident they will be both about themselves and with interacting and contributing to a group. The main way we promote this self-confidence and self-esteem is by giving children a lot of individual attention on a daily basis. Our low student to teacher ratios, (6/7:1) for the younger classes and (7/8:1) for the Pre-K classes, allow us to meet individual interests, abilities and learning styles.

One other key element of our curriculum is to give children ample time to engage in child-directed play and discovery. We give the children a lot of "hands-on" type of materials that they can explore with each day. Choice time is one key component of the daily schedule. Play is one of the first steps in the process of learning. We view play as a gift that all children innately possess. We are here to nurture that gift and to take part in it whenever we can.

At The Secret Garden Preschool, we learn through playing, painting, drawing, building, dancing, singing, telling stories, exploring and just being together as a community of friends and life-long learners.

 

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