About

Garden Gate School seeks to enrich the lives of mid-Missouri children, their families, and communities. Garden Gate is inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, Vivian Paley, John Dewey, Richard Louv, Karen Le Billon as well and others.  We believe in honoring early childhood as a time to imitate and explore through experience; engaging young imaginations through storytelling; attending to the rhythms, cycles, and patterns of nature in all we do; and awakening the child’s capacities to live  joyfully with others. Our school has been in operation since 2007, inspiring families to simplify their lives and address their needs holistically.

By working with the child as a whole: hands, heart and head – we draw on the ideas of many.  Our “child-centered” approach to education, allows us to pay close attention to each child within a rhythmic structure of the days, weeks, and seasons.

Teachers create predictable activities in the day; lots of playtime outdoors, focused circle-times with seasonal poetry, music and movement, repetitive story-telling, and the constant presence of adults engaged in meaningful work. This play-oriented curriculum allows our children to come to the “headwork” of school when they are ready and eager for it.

We offer 2, 3, and 5-day programs for children ages three through six. In using both age and individually appropriate experiences and materials, we hope to nurture the grounds of adult intellectual creativity, health and love of learning.

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Garden Gate School
107 Park Hill Ave.
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 444-1438

email us at info at garden gate school dot org