Curriculum & Program Descriptions

Our program/curriculum is child centered and based on the philosophy that play is the best way for children to learn.  Our approach is individualized to meet each child’s needs and comes from the content that children are learning, the process in which children will achieve the identified goals, what role the teacher plays in assisting the child to achieve the goals and the context in which the learning will occur. 

Our professional teaching staff understands that children learn best through hands on meaningful experiences that allow the children to explore, create and manipulate the world around them.  Our classrooms are structured to encourage learning through group play, solitary play (individual exploration), use of stimulating age appropriate toys and hands on manipulation of materials.  Teaching strategies are based on the knowledge of how young children learn and take into consideration a “whole child” approach which understands each child’s differences while promoting natural curiosity and a foundation of love of learning.

 


Infant

6 weeks to 12 months of age

Program Goals:

  • To care for infants in a warm, affectionate wary that lets each child know that he is a special person, including the physical affection and cuddling that is so important at this stage of development.
  • To meet each child’s physical, intellectual, as well as social and emotional needs completely.
  • To implement strict sanitation procedures that aide in ensuring a safe and clean environment.
  • To provide opportunities for exploring, learning and social interaction through a variety of daily activities.
  • To prepare activities to stimulate the senses recognizing that infants learn through the use of their eyes, fingers, sense of taste and smell.
  • To care for children in small groups to prevent over-stimulation and to provide opportunities for one to one interactions between children and staff.
  • To provide opportunity for the use of large and small motor skills with both indoor and outdoor activities.
  • To establish a safe environment for exploration.
  • To provide a consistency between Day Care and Home Care practices that will be most beneficial to the infant and will offer the parents an opportunity to influence the kind of care that their child receives.
  • To establish an observation system in which a daily outline on children is kept.
  • To be supportive of parents encouraging involvement, encouraging open and honest communication while using tact and discretion.

 

Toddler

12 months to 36 months of age

Program Goals

  • To provide a nurturing, flexible, and calm atmosphere where physical affection is freely given, self-concept is enhanced, independence is encouraged and expectations are made clear.
  • To meet each child’s physical needs while setting the stage for future independence in self-care. I.e. toilet teaching, putting on coats, putting on shoes, etc.
  • To establish respect for the equipment and materials.
  • To promote emotional growth.
    • To build self-confidence and a sense of self-worth by allowing choices within limits and to build on successful experiences.
    • To provide a warm accepting environment for the children to work and play in.
    • To encourage curiosity and sense of wonder with an environment that is designed to limit the use of “no”.
  • To promote social growth.
    • To promote and instill a sense of caring for, and sensitivity towards others: a foundation for respect is established.
    • Adult modeling acceptable behavior is critical to the toddlers learning cooperative and group play.
  • To promote intellectual growth.
    • To instill a sense of curiosity.
    • To provide an atmosphere where children discover and explore- to provide experiences with open-ended questions and where process and not product is emphasized.
    • To provide a wide variety of activities within an outline where cooperative play is encouraged.  Curriculum areas of art, math, science, cooking, music and movement, large muscle, practical life, dramatic play, language arts and fine motor activities.  Through these activities, children are learning to be able to trust their own feelings about what they learn, hear, see and do.  They also begin to share these experiences with other.
  • To promote physical/motor development
    • For children to use their bodies in a variety of active ways by participating in fine and large motor activities both indoors and outdoors.
    • To engage in simple games and songs.
  • To provide for the language development that is so important at this stage of development.
  • To make available a good variety and quantity of materials on the shelves at the child’s level (manipulative, dramatic play, pull toys, puzzles, books….)
  • To develop self-help skills in order to create a feeling of independence and confidence in the child  (this can be accomplished by toilet training, encouraging them to try to help themselves and letting them help serve food at meals.)
  • To provide care in small groups in order to give each child more personal attention, to prevent under and over stimulation, to allow more freedom of choices and to maintain a more relaxed atmosphere.

 

Preschool

3 to 5 years of age

Program Goals

  • To build self-confidence and a sense of self worth by allowing children to make choices for themselves within limits which help to build on successful life experiences.
  • To promote and instill a sense of caring for, and sensitivity towards others.
  • To provide a nurturing, relaxed, and non-sexist environment with caring adults where self-concepts are enhanced; independence encouraged; free choice decisions offered; social skills acquired; individually respected.
  • To provide large portions of time in which the child can spend with their friends in a range of different and satisfying activities.  The activities will be drawn from the following curriculum areas:  art, science, woodworking, cooking, music and movement, drama, language arts, large muscle, fine motor, and math games.
  • To provide the child with opportunities to gain competence in a variety of skills and techniques that increases their interest and control over their environment.
  • To provide for each child’s physical well being while in our care.
  • To provide opportunities to develop large motor skills and coordination through physically active play.
  • To develop in the child an active curiosity about the world in which they live and an enthusiasm for learning which stimulates exploratory behavior and creativity.
  • To help the child gain self-discipline in an environment where they know the limits and expectations.
  • To develop in each child an appreciation for beauty and nature.
  • To provide an atmosphere in the classroom which promotes respect for adults, themselves, others and materials.
  • To provide a wide variety of activities within a routine where cooperative play is encouraged.  Curriculum areas are math, science, cooking, music and movement, large muscle, practical life, dramatic play, language arts and fine motor activities.  Through these activities, children are learning to be able to trust their own feelings about what they learn, hear, see, and do and to begin sharing these experiences with others.

 

School Age

6 to 12 years of age

Program Goals

  • To build self-confidence, self worth, and self-discipline by providing an environment where they know their limits and expectations.
  • To promote and instill a sense of caring for, and sensitivity towards others.
  • To provide a nurturing, relaxed, and non-sexist environment with caring adults where self-concepts are enhanced; independence encouraged; free choice decisions offered; social skills acquired and individuality respected.
  • To provide large portions of time in which the child can spend with their friends in a range of different and satisfying activities.  The activities will be drawn from the following curriculum areas:  art, science, wood- working, cooking, music and movement, drama, language arts, large muscle, fine motor, and math games.
  • To provide the child with opportunities to gain competence in a variety of skills and techniques based on their interests.
  • To provide for each child’s physical and emotional well being while in our care.
  • To provide opportunities to develop and enhance large motor skills and coordination through physically active play.
  • To develop in the child an active curiosity about the world in which they live and an enthusiasm for learning which stimulates exploratory behavior and creativity.
  • To develop in each child an appreciation for beauty and nature.
  • To provide an atmosphere in the classroom which promotes respect for adults, themselves, others and materials.
  • To provide materials and opportunities for extended learning through the use of books, magazines, and computers; which will allow them to actively engage in their own interests.

 

New Mexico Universal Pre-K (UPK)

The Purpose of New Mexico Pre-K is to:

  • Increase access to voluntary high-quality pre-kindergarten programs
  • Provide developmentally appropriate activities for New Mexico children
  • Expand early childhood community capacity
  • Support linguistically and culturally appropriate curriculum
  • Focus on school readiness

For more information log onto, www.newmexicoprek.org

Now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year.
Download the application here.
Children in attendance must be 4 years of age by September 1, 2013, to participate in this early childhood state funded program.  Children are selected via lottery system and a waiting list generated for those children in excess of the slots allotted.  You may pick up an application at any Children's Garden location.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Program Coordinator: Martha Lopez at 575-993-2489 or through email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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When Applying

When applying for daycare services at The Children's Garden, the below information will be required:

  • The child's updated immunization / vaccination record
  • The Children's Garden application for daycare
  • A non-refundable $25 application fee
  • If daycare assistance is being provided, a copy of the Child Care Bureau Contract

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