What makes Children's Garden Preschool unique?

Our classroom activities, books, lessons, toys, etc. promote:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
  • Multiple Intelligence Integration
  • Natural Learning (learning through every day experiences & activities)
  • Character Development
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • And much more!

Please read about our philosophy, curriculum and activities to become more familiar with our school. Thank you!

 

 

Children's Garden
Preschool, Inc.

Welcome

    

Welcome to Children's Garden Preschool of Minot, ND!

At Children’s Garden Preschool, learning is a natural experience that occurs through each day’s activities. Our lessons and activities are developmentally and age appropriate for preschool children. We recognize that each child has unique talents, learning styles and personalities. We give children a wide variety of learning opportunities each day, providing time for learning through lessons and activities balanced with time for learning through independent exploration and play. Our number one goal at Children’s Garden Preschool is to provide a structured, welcoming and fun learning environment for young children.

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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum uses a multiple intelligences approach to teaching and provides a balance of teacher-directed and child-led activities. Our unique curriculum has been self-created to pull in the best parts from different preschool styles including Montessori (free play exploration, structure & order, natural elements), Waldorf (arts, hands-on science, music), High Scope (large and small group time, transitions, active participation), etc.  We try to present our material in as many ways as possible in an effort to reach every child and appeal to the individual learning style for each child. We continuously self-evaluate our curriculum and update it as necessary. We also communicate with Kindergarten teachers about how to best prepare our students for elementary school. Please refer to additional information on our website, our brochure and/or our monthly calendar and newsletter for specific classroom activities.

 
 
Sensory Experience - Shaving Foam
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Everyday Activities at Children's Garden Preschool

* Playtime in Centers
At our preschool, children learn through hands-on activities and lessons, and through their play in our classroom centers. Our centers include Home Living/Dramatic Play, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Reading, Blocks/Building, Art/Writing and More! Children receive about an hour of free play time each day.

* Art, Dance, Music
We believe exposure to the fine arts is important in early childhood education. We provide children time for creating art, singing and dancing every day. Some activities are teacher-directed, while others open-ended and child led. We also play various genres of music during playtime to expose the students to a wide variety of child-friendly music.

* Gross Motor Activities
Throughout the day we provide activities that allow children to use their large muscles and gross motor skills. These activities include yoga, movement games, action songs, outdoor activities and walks.

* Circle Time
Once children have arrived, we begin our day with our circle time activities. During this time we greet each other, choose the day’s helper, discuss the calendar and weather, talk about the day's activities and do yoga to soft music. We have found that starting the day with yoga relaxes the children and helps them remain calm and peaceful throughout the day.

* Additional Activities
Other daily activities include SMART Board Games, Stories, Snack Time, American Sign Language, Fine Motor Activities, Sensory Experiences and Much More!



Daily Routine:

* Arrival/Fine Motor Activities/Journaling
* Circle Time/Opening/Yoga
* Lesson/Large Group Learning
* Playtime/Small Group Art & Crafts
* Clean Up
* Transition Game/Wash Hands
* Snack Time
* Clean Up/Pack Mail/Quiet Book Time
* Outdoor Play if possible
* Story Time
* Music and Movement
* Good Bye Song

All information is current for the 2017-2018 school year.


Listening to music at the Norsk Hostfest on a field trip

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