||Early childhood is a time for nurturing
and growing and at Garden Friends; we aim to fulfill all your
child's needs. We believe that children are unique and beautiful
in their own special way. In order to care for your precious
seeds, we offer activities that will enhance their learning
while offering care that only a parent can value. Through
our constant encouragement, we build your child's self-esteem
and with positive reinforcement, we will help your child develop
their motor and verbal skills. Our main focus is making friends!
Friendships show us how to share, love, and care for one another
and through our daily socialization, friends begin to care
||The following goals guide our program &
||Physical Development has a predetermined
sequence and proceeds at a rate that is individual to each
child. The rate of a child's growth may be enhanced or slowed
by the environment to which your child is exposed and also
by the extent of development-facilitative skills possessed
by the adults who influence your child's life. We aim to support
all of your child's physical needs beginning with the ability
to walk and strive for advanced capabilities such as building,
drawing, & running.
||Most toddlers are at the senseorimotor or preoperational
stage of cognitive development. In the senseorimotor stage, a toddler primarily
bases all experiences on their own perceptions, derived from their own concrete
experiences. Understanding someone else's point of view is not so easy.
In the preoperational stage, new characteristics develop. Understanding
the reasoning of feelings of others may be difficult or even impossible
and children may project the same feeling to inanimate objects. For this
reason, children may believe everything they hear in stories or movies.
Through this understanding we can relate to your child's feeling of confusion,
anger, and fear as they grow through these stages. In understanding their
feelings we hope to facilitate their transitions through these stages by
helping them to inquire why, how, and when things happen. The key to understanding
is questioning and at Garden Friends, no question goes unanswered and no
feeling is ignored.
||One development that proceeds at a very
rapid pace during toddler's years is language and communication
skills. When language skills are first developed a child's
vocabulary may consist of ten words. As they develop, the
vocabulary will build as well as their communication skills.
It is not unusual today for children who have had exposure
to articulate parents, television and movies and a positive
preschool experience to have a high degree of skill with language.
For our friends, we incorporate many elements such as songs,
television, stories, and general communication between our
friends and their teachers to enhance their language skills
so that your child's vocabulary will continue at the rapid
pace begun at the end of their first year.
||According to psychoanalyst the toddler
period in terms of growth consists of two crucial social-emotional
skills autonomy and initiative. As children begin to develop
self-help skills such as feeding, dressing, and toileting
they need encouragement and support of the adults in their
lives. At the time your child will enter Garden Friends they
will experience separation anxiety and they will not be interested
in many other aspects of life but finding their way back to
their parents, not even other children will be of much interest.
As their social development changes we will nurture their
various emotions so that your child will feel comfortable
with everyone, as well as focusing on making friendships.
In order to develop these emotions we encourage children to
choose their actions in order to gain independence. Children
are able to choose areas of play, arts & crafts, discipline,
toilet training, and dressing & undressing.