Our mission is to provide a "place for childhood" where children have the time and space to experience the wonder of God's creation as they explore the natural world and learn in the way they know best-PLAY!
At Green Gate, our desire is for every child to learn to be kind and compassionate individuals as they broaden their understanding and learn about the world around them. We encourage independent thinking, creativity, and curiosity, as these skills lay the foundation for lifelong learning. We believe these are the most critical experiences young children can have in order to be happy and successful in school and in life!
Relationship-Based Education Children grow and learn best when they are safe and valued, their physical needs are met, and they feel emotionally secure. By forming meaningful relationships with children and families, children experience a connection between their home and school environments.
Natural Development A child’s developments—physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and spiritual—are closely related. Because of this relationship, learning experiences are organized in natural ways which encourage children to make meaningful connections across domains.
Learning through PLAY Children are active learners. Play gives children opportunities to understand their world, interact with others in social ways, express and control emotions, practice new skills, attempt challenging tasks, and solve complex problems. We encourage independent thinking, curiosity, and discovery through engaging materials and curriculum both indoors and out.
All Children Are Unique Children learn in different ways and at different rates. They are encouraged to be themselves and represent their knowledge and abilities in ways meaningful to them through language, logic/math, spatial understanding, body movement, music, social skills, and self awareness.
Regular Experiences in Nature Children benefit from regular outdoor play experiences in nature. Time outdoors stimulates creativity, boosts problem solving and cognitive skills, provides a multitude of sensory experiences and opportunities for social/emotional growth, builds strong coordinated bodies, and fosters curiosity and a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world. Young children who spend ample time exploring the natural world develop a connection to and love of nature that continues into adulthood.
Enduring Purpose God has a unique plan and purpose for every child and family who walks through our doors. We invite every child to know Jesus and encounter God’s love through everyday conversations, bible stories, songs, and simple prayers.