Children naturally learn through what they see in the world.  Teachers create a developmentally appropriate environment for each child to play, create, move, experiment and express themselves. Children are active learners and need opportunities for choice, independence, and learning through play with real materials in hands-on direct ways. Children’s activities, materials and classroom curriculum are based on individual development: socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Children are provided a balance of indoor and outdoor time, active and quiet time and individual, small and large group play.

Children need routine and continuity in the classroom and with adults, so we create consistency in the classroom through predictable schedules and activities. Children express a range of emotions as a natural part of their development. We identify and acknowledge these emotions, and create opportunities for children to express them in healthy, constructive ways. Children model what they see. Teachers treat children and other staff with respect, kindness and empathy. Children are learning how to participate in group activities, get along with peers and develop trust for other adults. We support this task by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions with others, nurturing friendships, and teaching conflict resolution skills at every age. Children express creativity and self-expression through open-ended activities and experiences. Creative, child-directed play is encouraged in many forms such as drawing, painting, music, building, role play and more.

Andrea, Poppy Teacher

I have been working at The Learning Gardens since August 2011. I have my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Clinical Counseling Concentration from Edgewood College.  I also have my Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teaching license. I was previously a nanny for seven years, a lead teacher for the YMCA after school program and I taught and designed my own art classes for two years at the Maple Bluff Village Center.  I look forward to having you and your child as a part of the Poppy classroom! 

Ashley, Poppy Teacher

Hello, my name is Ashley and I have worked at The Learning Gardens since October 2011.  I have worked in childcare since 2006 and have all my childcare certificates.  I have taught infants, younger and older toddlers over the years.  I love working with children because you can learn so much from them, as they do from us!  

I live just south of Madison with my husband John and our second son Remington.  My bother Ross & his wife Heather, as well as my parents Barry & Terry live nearby.   We have a Beagle mix named Makita.  John and I welcomed our first son, Wyatt into our family in February of 2013.  Before his birth, Wyatt was diagnosed with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, which means he was born with a whole in his diaphragm, displacing his internal organs.  Wyatt and his team of doctors and nurses at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital fought very hard, but we had to say good bye to our little warrior.   In December of 2014,  John and I welcomed Remington to the world.  We have been very busy with our little boy but have been enjoying every minute!  In my free time I spend time with my family & friends, shop, scrapbook, decorate, bake and cook.

I am so happy that your family has chose to enroll at our school.  Welcome to The Learning Gardens and to the Poppy Classroom!


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15192636_10211419838793901_656803298487423289_nMeet Henry!

Henry is a Russian Tortoise and the star of the Poppy classroom.  He is 11 years old.  He enjoys burrowing under the warm heat lamp to sleep, eating and joining the kids outside with a balloon attached to his belly.  In the early mornings when the children start to arrive, Henry likes to watch them come in to the classroom and perks up to the sound of their voices.