Sweet Peas

We believe that children learn the most through active learning experiences based in play. Children learn with the support of adults and their peers. Each area of our room is arranged with specific academic and social learning experiences in mind. These experiences provide a challenge for varying ability levels along with the opportunity for success on any level. In the Sweet Pea classroom, we encourage and teach the children self help skills and independence. At meal times the children may dish themselves up, pass the serving bowls or pour themselves milk. The children are encouraged to put on their own socks, shoes and coats. The children wash their own hands and faces and work towards using the bathroom with minimal assistance.


Emily MW

My name is Emily and I am an early childhood educator with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater Arts and Psychology from Edgewood College. Outside of my regular teaching hours at school, I teach multiple theater classes to children ages 4-18 at First Act Children’s Theater and Children’s Theater of Madison. Walking into The Learning Gardens for the first time, I was struck by the joy I witnessed in the children and staff. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be  at school with each other.  

Favorite quote : “Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning. Observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” – Loris Malaguzzi 




My name is Caroline and I am thrilled to be joining your community as a lead teacher in the Sweet Pea room. I moved to Madison, WI last August.   I was born and raised just north of the city of Atlanta, GA. I attended Louisiana State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Administration.   Additionally, I am a certified American Red Cross Instructor and certified Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid provider, I highly value safety and security. I love interacting with students in an imaginative way that fosters both growth and exploration. Fun fact about me is I love to craft! I design door wreaths and really enjoy all the glitter that comes with it!!

I was drawn towards The Learning Gardens for a multitude of reasons. The level of professionalism and organizational standards of the administration, facility and staff blew me away. The evidence of active parent involvement through the PAC is very impressive. I believe it is so important for educators and parents to have an open line of communication and the tools to do so.



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