Here at Thinker Garden we acknowledge and celebrate the individuality of each child. We embrace their differences and treat each child with respect. We foster a community where children are encouraged to express themselves in a variety of ways and exercise their rights as people in healthy ways. At our school our students lead the way in their education by showing us their interests and exploring the world around them in a safe and natural way.
We have small class sizes that enable our teachers to get to know each child personally and to really understand them. Our goal is to teach our students well, but we realize that we cannot do that if we do not have an in-depth understanding of who they are and what their daily life is like. We encourage family participation and our teachers love working with our parents to help their child achieve their goals.
Founded in a small town in Italy during the WWII era, Reggio Emilia is a world renowned educational philosophy. Reggio Emilia schools see children as creative individuals with a natural curiosity and potential to learn from all that is around them. The children lead their learning and the teachers act as observers. They observe the children as they interact with the world around them and see how they are growing, changes in their thought process, and they are able to see the lightbulb go off in a child's head when they understand something new.
Reggio Emilia uses the world as the classroom and mother nature as the teacher. You won't find us doing many worksheets, playing on tablets, or playing with plastic toys. Instead you will see children experimenting with different paints, materials, building with cardboard or wood, and using materials freely.
Here at Thinker Garden learning happens beyond the classroom. Everywhere we go there is an opportunity to learn something new! We strive to show our students how they can learn from the world around them. We do this by spending as much time as possible outside, taking field trips to many different fun locations, and letting our children explore nature. The world has so much to teach us about science, art, math, etc. But more importantly the earth can teach us about what it means to be human and how to love others well.
Our talented teachers are able to take something anything in nature and turn it into a lesson for our students. Something as small as a pebble or as thin as a blade of grass can hold so much value when the world is your classroom. Learning is eternal, and we do not limit learning to the four walls that make a classroom.
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