We take great pride in providing all of our preschool children with a well balanced curriculum that meets each child’s individual needs. During the first few weeks of school our experienced teachers spend time assessing and getting to know the children in their class. Group dynamics, individual personalities, energy levels, maturity, and level of academic knowledge are all factors that the teachers take into account when planning for the school year ahead. We want to ensure that no child is bored or overly challenged and that they are all progressing both socially and academically at their own pace.
There are four parts to the curriculum your child will experience during their preschool program.
- Specialty Programs- French, Sportball, Music and Drama (FOR MORNING PRESCHOOL ONLY)
- Theme Based Curriculum
- Free Play and Circle Based Curriculum
- Kindergarten Readiness Curriculum
Theme Based Curriculum
Our focus is fun! Our theme based curriculum keeps children engaged and creates a love for learning while teaching a cross-curricular program. The themes may range from Space to Bugs but the main objective is to expose the children to as many of the subjects listed below within a theme in order to expand their knowledge base.
Theme Based Curriculum Components;
- Cultural studies
- Global awareness
- Community outreach
Free Play and Circle Based Curriculum
Learning Activities for Multiple Intelligences
Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences promotes the development of all seven avenues of intelligence in young children. This approach provides a framework to identify how children learn; to build on their strongest assets; to help them become more intelligent by exposing them to a variety of ways of learning; to better individualize for their interests and needs; and to use teaching strategies that make learning more efficient, successful, and enjoyable for all children.
During free time, the children have access to a wide variety of materials and activities. The acquisition and mastery of academic skills is embedded in all materials with each activity focusing on a different skill. Keeping in mind the theory of Multiple Intelligences the following learning activities foster the development of all seven avenues of intelligence and allow children opportunities to build on and expand their strengths.
- Library or book-nook
- Story time
- Writing center
- Listening center
- Flannel board station
- Math activities
- Science activities
- Building Blocks
- Montessori materials
- Calendar circle
- Singing circle
- Background music
- Art center (e.g., sculpting dough, collage, painting, drawing)
- Manipulatives (e.g., 3-D manipulatives, visual puzzles)
- Building Blocks
- Gross motor circle activities
- Manipulative materials
- Outdoor Learning Garden (Fall and Spring)
- Tactile-learning (e.g., sandpaper letters, sample textures and cloth)
- Puppet theater
- Dramatic play
- Sharing/social area (carpet or table activities)
- Group discussions
- One-person centers & stations
- Life skills/self-help activities
Preparing for Kindergarten
The goal in our preschool classrooms is to promote the healthy growth of each child as they continue to grow as a preschooler and begin to prepare for kindergarten. These are some examples of the skills that are incorporated into the preschool curriculum in order to prepare each child for their kindergarten years;
- Following classroom routines
- Learning to be part of a group
- Printing own name
- Cutting and gluing skills
- Fine motor skills
- Counting and number recognition
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Executive function and self-regulation skills
- Social Skills
- Character Education
- Balanced literacy Program including;
- Exposure to quality children’s literature
- Opportunity to explore literacy skills
- Oral language
- Letter recognition and sound association
- Phonemic Awareness
- Phonics Instruction
Children that have experienced our programs have without a doubt grown in confidence, self-esteem, self advocacy and the ability to successfully handle conflict resolution. We look forward to providing every child with best school experience and to seeing them grow and blossom during their time with us.
Meet Our Preschool Program Teachers
Due to our preschool programs being put on hold this year, our preschool teachers have not been allocated for the 2021/2022 school year. However, please check out our teachers’ bios, to learn more about their teaching experience and philosophy.
What The Parents Say
Our daughter attended Children’s Garden prior to the pandemic and absolutely loved it. This year, she’s participated in a number of different virtual classes through Children’s Garden Buds. This was important to me because she’s entering JK next year without having been in a classroom setting this year. She was a little hesitant to engage during the first few classes, because of the virtual aspect. But that quickly passed and she absolutely loves it. Ms. Lesley is engaging and thoughtful. She puts an incredible amount of work into each class and adjusts accordingly depending on how silly the kids may be feeling on a particular day. Our daughter now talks about her class during the weekend and looks forward to sharing her “homework assignment” with Ms. Lesley or getting dressed up for “pyjama day” or “silly hat day”. I have enrolled her in a class since the very beginning of the Buds program and will continue to do so for as long as the classes are offered. I feel that the classes have prepared her for taking instruction from a teacher and being in a “classroom” setting. I’ve also seen her become excited about working on her letters and numbers, something that previously took some encouragement. And of course, as has been our experience over the years, Pauline Foulkes, the principal at Children’s Garden is absolutely wonderful and closely manages the day-to-day ongoings of the program. Overall, I would very highly recommend the Buds program!
Em – Parent
Our four-year-old is excited and delighted to join her virtual preschool sessions, and eagerly participates in the activities. We’re impressed at how much learning (phonics, writing mechanics, literacy behaviours) and fun can be packed into 30-minute sessions, and online ones at that.
Laura – Parent
Lesley has done an incredible job engaging the children during online learning. She is patient and very inclusive. She ensures all the children are taking part and somehow manages to come up with activities that are fun and easily translated to the virtual platform. In a few short weeks, our 2.5-year-old daughter has learned how to properly hold a pencil and has drawn her first “real picture!” She is so proud of what she has accomplished and so are we! Thank you, Lesley and Children’s Buds!
Humara – Parent
Olivia loves attending Children’s Garden Buds virtual school. Ms. Lesley is amazing at engaging Olivia in a fun, educational and creative way. My older children are Children’s Garden Nursery School graduates, which provided them with a strong educational foundation that they continue to benefit from. I am very grateful Olivia has had exposure to a Children’s Garden program to prepare her for kindergarten and beyond.
Jill – Parent
My son was in many preschool classes with Lesley when he was 3 years old. Lesley would always make him feel welcome into the programs by greeting him with a big smile each day. She was very organized, lesson plans were always very creative and fun crafts were planned for her programs and she always had a positive attitude which showed how much she loved being there each day. Lesley puts her heart into the planning of all her programs and when teaching you can tell she is absolutely loved by all the kids in her programs. My son absolutely adored Lesley and always looked forward to attending programs with her.
I had the pleasure of having Lesley teach both my children in the Jump into Kindergarten program. My children were both very shy to be left and Lesley didn’t skip a beat to make them feel welcomed. Lesley always made sure each child was heard and had a chance to speak. She is warm, caring, fun and enthusiastic. Lesley always made a point to tell you something that your child did during class, she is truly involved!
In addition to how well she works with children, the feedback Lesley provided to parents was unmatched. Not a single class went by without Lesley having something meaningful to say to each and every parent about their child’s experience that day. Communication with Lesley was comfortable, clear, and extremely beneficial.
Every day that I picked up my child from Lesley’s class, I left feeling like my daughter had grown, and like her teacher had both encouraged that growth and, more importantly, celebrated that growth right along with me.
Any child and parent would be lucky to have Lesley as their educator. She is brilliant with children, is fiercely creative, and has a heart of gold.
Our older child started in the preschool class at Children’s Garden and is about to graduate from Kindergarten. What an incredibly rich experience it has been. Every teacher has nurtured his curiosity and built his confidence through a fun and rigorous academic curriculum. The admin team lead by Pauline consistently goes above and beyond to enrich the student experience. The commonality amongst the families who are committed to a positive and comprehensive learning environment has provided the seeds for great young friendships.
The small class sizes are the perfect transition into a formal classroom environment, ensuring that each child feels safe as they take their first steps towards independence. The class size also guarantees that each child will receive personalized attention in these critical foundational early years. Whether it’s the level of French proficiency that our child has gleaned from the afternoon immersion program, the regular incorporation of the most current educational tools and approaches, or the unbearably cute plays/concerts that the students put on, I continue to be pleasantly surprised and impressed.
We are so happy that we will still be at CGNS for a few more years as our younger child transitions to the 3-Morning toddler class. It is truly a special place and it is a privilege to have our children walk through these doors every morning.
I found out about CGNS from an ad in a community newspaper. After visiting the school and meeting with some of the staff I decided to enroll my daughter in the 3 afternoon a week Senior Kindergarten program. I had a “gut feeling” it would be a positive environment for her. Now that she has attended the school I know that I made the right decision. I am impressed by all of the staff members and the diversity of the program. In only 3 afternoons a week my daughter is exposed to the S.K curriculum, French, Sportball, Drama, and Music. It has been a wonderful complement to her morning public school. All staff members are very friendly and caring. I feel that I made the right decision in choosing CGNS and would highly recommend this school to others.
We are thrilled with the confidence and skills our daughter has gained from the Children’s Garden Kindergarten Enrichment program. The small class size has been a great advantage to her development, both socially and academically. Her teacher has been wonderful in adapting the curriculum to her specific needs and, most importantly, she is happy there and looks forward to each day that she is at Children’s Garden Nursery School.