Why Garden of Joy?
To answer this question, perhaps the best way is to listen to what our parents have to say. Their heart-warming comments are the highest rewards for us, which inspire us to do even better! Please check out their "Testimonials", available on Yelp too.
Additionally, these are the reasons that you might want to consider our school:
1. Caring Staff
As the founder, I am a mature and experienced Montessori Certified Teacher and a caring mother. I take it as my calling to provide quality care and education to our precious little ones, who are the future of mankind. I am so devoted to this cause that I think of how best to care for our children, morning, noon, and night! :) Not surprisingly, I set very high standards for my team. As such, all our staff members are loving, patient, and dedicated educators, who love children and treat them like they are our own. For example, when a child doesn't want to try a certain food, we try to feed them a small piece of it in a fun way. Guess what? Most of the time, they decide that it actually tastes good and will eat it all! They just need some creative ways to encourage them to take the first step. Another example is that we tuck our children in comfortably for their nap, and check back on them to see if they have kicked off their blankets.
2. Individualized Curriculum
Every child is different - they have their own developmental needs and grow at their own pace. Using Montessori Compass to track students' progress, we are able to make lesson plans that meet every child's individual needs. Our diverse yet balanced curriculum covers the following areas:
Practical Life (including Gardening & Cooking)
Music and Movement
Art and Crafts
Character Education (Socio-Emotional Development)
Field trips (we take our children to a park nearby once a month)
A variety of Cultural Subjects (e.g. History, Geography, Botany, Zoology & Cultures
3. Trilingual Exposure
Our children are exposed to the three most commonly used languages in the world - English, Chinese, and Spanish. For Spanish, we use the amazing curricular materials designed by Ms. Susy Dorn, founding director of "Let's Play In Spanish".
4. Effective Parent Communication
We pride ourselves in maintaining excellent home-school communication. When parents have concerns or questions about something, they are encouraged to communicate directly to the school staff in a timely fashion.We share photos with our parents through Montessori Compass on a daily basis. With these photos, parents can talk with their children about their day in school. During a child's first couple of weeks, to ease parents' anxiety, we also use LearningGenie to share photos and/or videos throughout the day. Twice a year, we have Parent Teacher Conference.
5. Convenience & Peace of Mind
We offer lunch and two snacks for our students, sparing parents the daily hassle of preparing lunch for their children. In addition, we wash our children's beddings on a regular basis. One of our parents once said, the peace of mind offered by our quality care and education for our little ones is priceless!
6. Continuum Education
There is no concern for high teacher turnover ratio, which is a common thing in preschools. Such consistency is crucial for the healthy development of young children.
7. Low Student-Teacher Ratio
Between the ages of two and six, our little ones need and deserve a great deal of personal attention. Such luxury is exactly what our children enjoy since the maximum number of students we can have is 12 to 14 (two school-aged children).
8. Healthy Lunch and Snacks
We participate in the California Childcare Food Program through Love Little Children Inc., a program designed to provide healthy and nutritious food for children. We take it as our priority to make sure our children are well fed with nutritious food. In a home environment, we are able to provide children with alternative items when they do not like certain food at meal or snack time. Another example of our high quality diet is that we have been providing organic milk since September 1st, 2021!
9. Nurturing Environment
Our school is nestled in a warm and beautiful family environment. The loving, joyful, and nurturing atmosphere is perfect for all children especially those who are leaving the comfort of their homes for the first time.
As a parent myself, I understand that we all want the best school for our children. As such, we take it as a privilege to be part of your child's early life. We want to make sure there is a proper match between your child and our program. To this end, I would like to provide more information about our school as follows.
Licensed as a large family daycare, we are a Montessori preschool in essence. Our ultimate goal is to prepare our children to be ready not just for school, but also for the real world. As such, we aim to nurture our little ones to become future global leaders with the following skills:
Creativity. We want our children to maintain their rich imaginations and creativities, instead of growing out of them as such is usually the case in our current society.
Independence built upon good habits and good manners. We want our children to become independent and self reliant with good habits and manners from a young age, so that they can take good care of themselves, others, and the environment around them.
Bilingual in Chinese and English, with a good foundation in Spanish as well. Our children will have a strong competitive edge with a solid foundation laid for the world's three major languages.
We are proud of ourselves for having the following three means to achieve the above goals:
Strong support from family. Our school works together with our families as a team to support the child’s happy and healthy growth. We keep ongoing communication with our parents (through Montessori Compass and LearningGenie) and invite parents to participate in school events, and even present their special cultures/traditions in front of our children if possible.
Well-designed curriculum (software). Our curriculum is designed with each individual child’s developmental needs in mind, in the areas of gross and fine motor skills, socio-emotional development, music and art, as well as language (including Chinese, English and Spanish) and mathematics. As true Montessorians, we understand that one of our key responsibilities is to observe our children; but more importantly, we want to transform them into the best human beings they could possibly become.
Carefully prepared materials and environment (hardware). We believe that children have an innate desire to learn with an absorbent mind. Based on their developmental stage, we carefully design and choose our materials. Our orderly, beautiful and inviting environment beckons our children to put their hands on the materials. Such materials are ever changing according to our monthly themes and our children’s developmental needs.
To follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision so as to make this world a more peaceful, pleasant, and prosperous place for all by following her footsteps in providing quality early childhood education.
With the support of our parents, we are dedicated to nurture and guide our young children to become independent and intelligent future global citizens with intercultural competence, creativity, compassion, and empathy.
While we hold many values dear, we would especially strive to develop our children the following qualities: