Our Educational Environment
The Growing Garden Preschool caters to the South Bay area including the cities of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. It is located on Vail Avenue just one block North of Artesia Blvd. (the parking lot entrance is on Nelson Ave). The site is safe, modern, and equipped with all the requisite amenities of a first-class preschool, including bright classrooms, indoor play areas, and outdoor playgrounds. The educational environment is viewed as the “third teacher,” with the power to provoke curiosity and encourage interaction. Everything in it provides an opportunity for learning and growing. We strongly value elements of light, transparency, and natural materials. You will not find commercial posters or plastic furniture bought from catalogs. What you will find is evidence of community as well as documentation of the learning experiences and interactions of the children, teachers, and families.
Our classrooms are large, bright, warm and natural. The walls are decorated solely with our children’s creative work, documenting their learning experiences and interactions with their environment. Each classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art learning materials, a full functioning children’s kitchen and children’s library filled with beautiful books allowing the children to learn and develop through their own curiosity and interactions with their environment.
Our interactive outdoor equipment creates a space where children can climb, slide, imagine and socialize. Our outdoor music center is a wonderful place for our children to play and compose music. We bring our indoor classroom outside so children can enjoy reading, art and building all while being inspired by our sunny California weather.
Our gorgeous indoor-outdoor school library in the yard is open to the play yard allowing for children to move back and forth between reading and playing. The library provides a quiet relaxed atmosphere where children can choose from hundreds of books to practice their reading and spark their imagination.