Garden Kids Curriculum Overview
Our curriculum takes advantage of children’s natural curiosity and sense of exploration to discover all that goes on around them. We utilize all that nature has to offer, to make the child love nature and learn from it. Thus GV is an outdoors-focused school with unstructured and structured activities.
Teachers observe each child’s activities in order to tailor and expand the curriculum to meet individual needs and interests. We work very hard to preserve the innocence of childhood and to develop rich creative play in our classrooms while exposing the kids to English through songs, games and daily activities. We work with our kids side-by-side to sharpen their sensitivity, learn together and help them discover the world around them through art, music, and colors. We present a variety of stimulating activities that invite children to use their imagination and master their motor skills. We also help children to attain a sense of care and responsibility for others by caring for the school pets, planting their own garden and playing a part in making a better community for everybody to enjoy. We teach them to appreciate and respect each other’s ethnicity, social status, religion, language, and traditions. They also learn to accept specially challenged children and to assist them and learn from their strengths. Introduction to basic yoga taught by certified instructors. Your children will be introduced to simple techniques to calm themselves and be able to focus their attention on specific areas.
Materials that stimulate the senses of sight, hearing, feeling, smelling and taste are presented in special forms. We use color tablets, musical instruments, geometric solids, and spice boxes. All these lead to enrichment of discrimination and awareness
In Montessori, children are not “taught” to read and write in the traditional way. They develop these skills naturally on their own. We use sandpaper letters, metal insets, movable alphabets, language cards, Geography and Botany puzzles. These enable them to achieve the necessary skills for ease of expression, dexterity in writing and love of reading.
Montessori translates the abstract meaning of Mathematics into concrete meaningful forms. Children learn the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in a challenging and exciting way.
Children learn to perform everyday functions in a joyful, practical way, for example polishing, measuring, making etc. The children acquire motor skills and grace of movement, which leads to strong self-concepts
Many musical instruments are introduced individually. They learn to appreciate pitch, tone, volume, and the different types of music. Group music includes music appreciation, songs, dancing and rhythm instruments.
Art is integrated into all areas of the Montessori classroom. Hands-on activities are only one part of the art curriculum. Discussing different types of art and learning about artists are also important to the study of art as it relates to human development and culture