Welcome to Growing Garden, where our mission is to provide each child a safe, nurturing, nourishing and stimulating educational environment. It is our belief that if a child feels safe and valued, then they will be more likely to follow their passion and curiosity to learn and explore freely. We feel that it is important to fulfill each child’s needs and strive to create secure attachments with each child and the families we serve.
We believe that once a foundation of trust has been established between the teachers and the students, the students will be motivated to work together as a community, collaborating new ideas, views and purposeful connections.
Our Emergent curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. We feel that children learn best by doing hands on experiences based on each child’s own interest. We provide a homelike environment so that children can feel comfortable learning and discovering useful life skills. We encourage critical thinking by providing open ended conversations about topics that arise throughout the day. The children along with the teachers work in collaboration in the learning process. We listen and learn from each other as we explore, research and discover new concepts that feed our curiosity. We believe that the environment serves as a third teacher. Both indoor and outdoor environments are designed to ignite their cognitive, emotional, social and physical development.
Not only do we value and respect each individual child and their needs, we also value and need our families to be active members in their child’s learning process. We are strong believers of working as a team, and as a team creating and maintaining positive relationships that will benefit and allow our children to reach their own milestones.
Join the Growing Garden Wonderschool community in four easy steps:
1. Explore our website
We’ve provided information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program may be right for your family.
2. Tour our school
Come see what makes Growing Garden Wonderschool unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule Tour” form.
3. Submit an Enrollment Application
If you would like to enroll, please submit an application at www.wonderschool.com/Growinggardenwonderschool/apply – Please note that we require tours for all prospective families. Please do not submit an application if you have not toured.
After reviewing your application, we’ll send an enrollment invitation. Upon accepting your invitation, you’ll pay your deposit (usually equal to one month’s tuition), fill out enrollment documents and review our Parent Handbook.
Growing Garden is located in a Single family home in the quiet neighborhood of Eagle Rock. We are near Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Alhambra, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Mount Washington and Downtown.
Both our indoor and outdoor environments have thoughtfully been set up to provide each child intentional environments, giving them the ability to migrate to the areas that most fulfill their needs and interest throughout the day. There are multiple areas where children can freely explore. Some of these areas include: art studio, block area, dramatic play area, Cozy area, writing area, math/science area, garden, playground and much more.
Our program is intentionally designed to be made up of multi aged children ranging from 2-5. It is our belief that creating this type of “community” and exposing children to this type of environment allows them to experience a wide range of knowledge, skills and interests.
At our school, children are able to learn at their own pace, rather than waiting until a certain grade to cover specific materials they are curious and interested in learning about now. They discreetly build skills and develop new concepts about themselves and their environments by simply playing and interacting with each other in this diverse setting.
Our program strongly believes that maintaining low child to teacher ratios are extremely beneficial for both the children and the teachers in our school. Our 1:4 ratios allows teachers to get to know each child’s strengths and weaknesses better so that they can better asses, plan and implement unique lessons to better meet the needs of each child.
The teachers at Growing Garden are very passionate about the benefits the school provides all the members in our school. After all, once you enter our school, you’ll always be a special member of our extraordinary family!
Parent involvement is an essential part of our program! Our belief is that when we establish a good line of communication with the parents we serve, we can provide better assistance and support to our students and their learning ability. Not only is creating and maintaining this connection beneficial to your child’s development, it also supports further learning. As a team our main goal is to ensure that we do everything in our power to support, encourage and boost your child’s academic success. “Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much”.
Our Approach to Discipline
The word Discipline comes from the Latin word “disciplinare”, which means, “to teach.” We believe that’s exactly what children need, to be taught and guided through difficult situations. We believe that effective discipline is about modeling the right behavior and stressing the importance of using our words to express feelings, safety concerns, and possible solutions. We strongly believe that it is important to say what we want them to do opposed to what not to do. For example, “Let’s use gentle touches” instead of simply saying, “No hitting!”
From a young age Jessie Meneses knew she would one day grow up in work with children. It all started with her having a really horrible second grade teacher who had destroyed her school aspirations. As she grew older she realized that there were still some awesome teachers left who really were in the filed for all the right reasons and decided to become one of them. She started off her Junior year of high school as she was an aid for her old elementary school. She was inspired after seeing how much of a positive role model and a positive impact she had on the children she worked with. She has over 10 years of experience and has worked in a wide variety of professional roles working with children ranging from ages zero to thirteen.
Jessie has an unbelievable amount of patience for children and you can see how passionate she is in helping each child reach their full potential. She strives in making sure children feel safe, loved, inspired and supported. She has great energy and enjoys the career she chose to pursue. Jessie graduated from University of La Verne with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. She has her Teaching Permit in the California commission on teaching credentialing. She has an amazing toddler who is her motivation and inspiration in starting an in home school program where she could continue having a positive impact and relationships with the children and families she serves.
We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.