The Preschool program consists of two classrooms, each of which are multi-age. There are two teachers in each class. Our unit uses the Creative Curriculum to work on lesson plans and individual goals. Our curriculum is also play-based learning which emphasizes responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. We also focus on a social and emotional curriculum which is called Second Step. This program lasts the entire year and deals with managing emotions, friendship and getting ready for kindergarten. This is also continued on in most elementary schools. We get together and share ideas and brainstorm ways to help each other out. That’s what makes us a great team!
My name is Nora and I have been working at The Learning Gardens since December of 2006. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Nursery to 3rd grade from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I have worked in different preschool settings since graduating except during the 10 years I was able to stay home with my 4 children. When I started working at The Learning Gardens I began in the one year old unit as a teacher in the Honeybee classroom. I was promoted to the Unit Leader position in the ones unit until February of 2015 when I relocated to the older toddler unit where I am now a teacher in the Sunflower room. I am very excited to be in this unit because this is the age I started with many years ago. I am looking forward to many more years here at The Learning Gardens.