Welcome to Thinker Garden Learning Center!

A preschool licensed by the State of Texas and inspired by

THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH

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Home & School

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


We provide our students with many opportunities to engage with and learn from our community. Examples of fieldtrips that we have taken are: trips to the farmer's market, local libraries, local parks, and museums. On these trips the students have a blast, learn about the world around them, and learn proper manners for public places!

If you would like to get involved with the school we have a variety of volunteer opportunities: reading with the students, planning meals (monthly), and many more! Please contact us by email or call us if you are interested. 

Our Programs

We offer a programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age infants. School age children have the option of our before/after school program and/or our summer program!


Our school is open for enrollment year round!


Our infant classroom is open for children between 3-12 months.


Our shakers class is open for children between 12-23 months.


Our Stompers class includes children between the ages of 2-3.


And our Pre-K program is open for children between the ages of 4-5.


Our Summer program is for our school-aged students as well as our Pre-K students. 


Children must enter the class for their assigned age based upon their age on the date of enrollment.


For information about our before/after school programs please call us. We have options based on your child's school and needs. Options include transportation services, before school only, and after school only. 


FAQ

How can I 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 year round before 9:30 AM every weekday. 


 

How old does my child have to be to enroll at Thinker Garden Learning Center?


We accept all children from three months old up until twelve years of age. Children who have entered or completed kindergarten will be eligible for our before/after school program and our Summer program.

Reggio Emilia

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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

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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)

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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.

Summer Camp 2019 Price List!


Email us at info@thinkergardencenter.com for more information.

Our August 2019 Menu

August 2019 menu (docx)

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Uniform

Our school utilizes simple uniforms. These uniforms create an even leveled playing field for each child who enters our school. No matter their education, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities/special needs, etc. we make it a priority for our children to see and treat themselves and others as equals, and we use uniforms to make our school environment reflect that. Our uniforms enable the children to worry less about how they or others look, what they do or do not have in comparison to others, and to allows the children to place their focus on learning and having fun! It is also beneficial because it prevents clothes from home from getting stained or dirty while at school.


 Our school uniforms follow the French toast style and color. .
Our colors are navy blue, forest green, and white. Bottoms are khaki or 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  

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Our Schedule 


Infants ( 3 months - 12 months )

Shakers ( 12 months - 23 months )

Stompers ( 2 - 3 years old )

PreKindergarten (4 - 5 years old )


Before & After School Program


Full & Part Time Care Available

 







Thinker Garden Learning Center

10711 Millridge, Houston, Texas 77070

281-477-7808

Hours

Monday to Friday


6:30 am  6::30 pm


Special Saturday Events


Sunday Closed