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!

Sweet Peas



Antony, Preschool Unit Teacher

 Hello Learning Gardens Families,

My name is Antony and I am the Preschool Unit Teacher at The Learning Gardens.  I recently graduated from Iowa State University-Ames with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

I really enjoy how healthy of an environment The Learning Gardens has provided for the children. From nutrition, to straining their muscles, thoughts and imaginations.  It is a great place for children to grow and thrive. I was born in Swansea, Wales. I enjoy biking, drumming, and volleyball.

Robert Louis Stevenson — “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”