Welcome to Thinker Garden Learning Center


THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH


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Home & School

 Thinker Garden Learning Center is dedicated to building and maintaining strong communication.  the communication between the school, home, and community.

If you would like to get involved with the school we have a variety of volunteer options: anything from reading with the students to planning meals once a month. Please contact us by email or call us if you are interested. 

Our Programs


We now offer a full & part time school program; as well before and after school( only if is only parents wish).

We will be have waiting list on infant.

-Please Choose Playgroup 

for 12 month to 23 months old is always open..

(2-3 years, age 2 by September 1, 2018) 

Pre-K3 (3-4 years, age 3 by December 1, 2018) 

Pre-K4 (4-5 years, age 4 by September 1, 2018)

Kindergarten (5 years, age 5 by September 1, 2018)


 * Desired Year of Entry

-Please Choose-2018-2019




FAQ

How can we learn more about Thinker Garden Learning Center ?  


The best way to get to know our school is by stopping by for visit or (tour by  scheduling in advance). Tours are offered anytime through the year.


 

How old do children have to be to enroll at Thinker Garden Learning Center?


We have classes from 12 months to 5 years old. We also currently offer a before and  after school program, as well as a Mother Day Out program.

Reggio Emilia

The Inspiration

  • Practiced in schools in Reggio Emilia, the town in northern Italy where this philosophy was originated
  • After World War II, this progressive approach was developed by Loris Malaguzzi and serves as the foundation for progressive education in Italy.



" What children learn does not follow as an automatic result from what is taught, rather, it is in large part due to the children’s own doing, as a consequence of their activities and our resources".Loris Malaguzzi, The Hundred Languages of Children.


  • Innovative approach to education 
  • Recognized worldwide
  • Emphasizes the interaction of children within the context of their community and lives (parents, peers, teachers, staff, etc)
  • Teacher provides materials and provocation to help children develop a deep and connected understanding of the world

Essential Elements and Key Differentiators


  • Design & learning exploratory areas: here children experiment, explore, experiment and discover
  • Center area: central meeting place of the community – where everything happens; the hub
  • Environmental Set-up
  • Using the classroom as a third teacher
  • Reggio Emilia schools create homelike environments
  • to help make children feel comfortable and learn practical life issues
  • Environments are set up to entice the children to explore and experiment in order to host and participate in debate, discussion and project work.
  • Project-based learning: successful projects are those that provoke children’s creative thinking and problem-solving and are open to different avenues of exploration.
  • This approach to learning requires dynamic/on-the-fly thinking and adjustments and reflects the world we live
  • Class sizes are small to ensures teachers can instruct children who are at varied levels of their language proficiency, individualize learning and foster self-discovery.

 

Distant future period  projects as stimulus for learning achievement


The curriculum is planning and their implementation revolve around open-ended as well often long-term projects that are based on the reciprocal nature of teacher-directed and child-initiated activity.

 

Reggio Emilia Affiliation


Thinker Garden is a member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)

 

Reggio Emilia Resources

The Reggio Emilia approach is studied and written about in communities all over the world. Further information about this theory and practice can be found in the resources below:

Books:

Websites:

  • Reggio Children is a mixed public-private company that the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, along with other interested subjects, established in 1994 to manage the pedagogical and cultural exchange initiatives from all over the world.
  • North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) is a network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate both the quality of life and the quality of schools and centers for young children.
  • Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Exchange is a quarterly periodical that focuses on the educational philosophy of the Reggio Emilia municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools. Innovations has been published by Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan since 1992.
  • The Reggio Emilia Approach to Pre-School Education is a joint website of a European Network bringing together preschools that’s been inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach for many years from different countries.
  • ReggioChildren.it contains resources published by Reggio Children.

Uniform



 Our school uniforms follow the french toast style and color. .
Our colors are Navy Blue, Forrest Green. Bottoms are khaki and navy blue. Boys may wear shorts or pants. Girls may wear skirts (skorts), shorts, capris, pants, or dresses (polo style in approved colors).

To access our uniform and logo online, use source code QS5LUIL


Please click on a to place your uniform order. (http://www.frenchtoast.com/shopThisSchool.do?sourceCode=QS5LUIL  

frenchtoast uniform (jpg)

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Our Schedule 


Shakers (12 months -23 months)

Stompers ( 2-3 years old)

PreKindergarten (4- 5 years old)

Before & After School Program

Mother's Day Out

Full & Part Time Care Available

 







Thinker Garden Learning Center

10711 Millridge, Houston, Texas 77070

832-312-7926 OR 281-477-7808

Hours

Monday to Friday


6:30 am  6::30 pm


Special Saturday Events


Sunday Closed