Garden Path School for Young Learners

Enriched Early Learning in a Small Group Setting in Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Full and part-time spaces available

Garden Path School offers high quality Christian early childhood education to a small group of students through hands-on activities, purposeful play, in-depth projects, character development, and preparation for kindergarten. A complete kindergarten curriculum is available for families wishing for a small, private kindergarten experience for their child.

Children learn and thrive through child-initiated and teacher-led experiences, both indoors and outdoors, in a safe and respectful environment, with predictable routines and an emphasis on building positive relationships.

Beautiful and Comfortable Classroom

Our school is unique among home care programs, with a genuine early childhood classroom set-up at the garden level of Angela’s home, and a large-fenced in deck and back yard.

In the classroom, there are several different learning centers, each equipped with a range of learning materials for play, exploration, learning, and collaboration in areas of the curriculum. Outdoors, there is equipment for large motor play, a mud kitchen, a garden, and a natural habitat for exploring the environment. Children learn to take care of their classroom and outdoor settings.

Beautiful and Comfortable Classroom

Our school is unique among home care programs, with a genuine early childhood classroom set-up at the garden level of Angela's home, and a large-fenced in deck and back yard.

In the classroom, there are several different learning centers, each equipped with a range of learning materials for play, exploration, learning, and collaboration in areas of the curriculum. Outdoors, there is equipment for large motor play, a mud kitchen, a garden, and a natural habitat for exploring the environment. Children learn to take care of their classroom and outdoor settings.


Always a Small Group

Each child receives plenty of individual attention and personalized instruction throughout the day. During the licensing process, our group is limited to four students. Once licensed, Garden Path School will have a maximum of seven full-time students.

The balance of open-ended and teacher-guided activities supports children’s self-expression, growth, learning, confidence in trying out and mastering new abilities, and skills in getting along with others.

Always a Small Group

Each child receives plenty of individual attention and personalized instruction throughout the day. During the licensing process, our group is limited to four students. Once licensed, Garden Path School will have a maximum of seven full-time students.

The balance of open-ended and teacher-guided activities supports children’s self-expression, growth, learning, confidence in trying out and mastering new abilities, and skills in getting along with others.

We Teach the Whole Child

Children are respected as unique individuals with their own styles and interests.

The curriculum is designed to meet each child at his or her own stage of development in a variety of social, physical/motor, language, and cognitive/early academic skills. We use Handwriting Without Tears materials and workbooks, as children learn to build and write letters and move toward writing as communication. Children enjoy daily jobs that include calendar/weather, setting the table, and putting out the cots for rest time.

Curriculum themes emerge from the children’s interests and may continue for several weeks, involving a wide range of activities and extended projects. Recent themes include: mapping and our environment, animals and habitats, community and community helpers, Saint Francis, and the solar system. We have traveled on the trolley, visited the library and Ijams Nature Center, and hosted guest career visitors, including a firefighter and a nurse. Our upcoming themes will include gingerbread, baking, giving, and creativity. We will visit with elderly residents at a local assisted living center to share Christmas songs and activities with them.

We Teach the Whole Child

Children are respected as unique individuals with their own styles and interests.

The curriculum is designed to meet each child at his or her own stage of development in a variety of social, physical/motor, language, and cognitive/early academic skills. We use Handwriting Without Tears materials and workbooks, as children learn to build and write letters and move toward writing as communication. Children enjoy daily jobs that include calendar/weather, setting the table, and putting out the cots for rest time.

Curriculum themes emerge from the children’s interests and may continue for several weeks, involving a wide range of activities and extended projects. Recent themes include: mapping and our environment, animals and habitats, community and community helpers, Saint Francis, and the solar system. We have traveled on the trolley, visited the library and Ijams Nature Center, and hosted guest career visitors, including a firefighter and a nurse. Our upcoming themes will include gingerbread, baking, giving, and creativity. We will visit with elderly residents at a local assisted living center to share Christmas songs and activities with them.

Health Safety and Specialists

Garden Path School has adopted a health screening protocol through Tadpoles, our online parent-school communication program, ensuring that children and families are symptom-free before coming to school. Children, parents and staff wash hands frequently and practice safe-sneezing techniques. All surfaces, toys and materials are disinfected at least once daily, if not more frequently. The Garden Path School community has been healthy and fever-free for nearly a year.

We have a Registered Nurse who is available to consult with staff in real time about children’s health concerns. We also have an Occupational Therapist who, by prior arrangement with parents, can work with individual students needing OT support, while they are at school.

What Parents Are Saying about Garden Path School. . .

"Our son has been going to Garden Path for almost a year. He's been learning very quickly and is exposed to all kinds of great learning activities he wouldn't be getting at home.

Angela is great about collaborating with us as parents so that we're all on the same page and can keep him stimulated according to the different development phases.

Highly recommend Garden Path!"
-Stephen B.
"My daughter has been a Garden Path student since it opened and my only concern is that my daughter will someday age out of the program!

I wouldn’t want my daughter to go anywhere else."
-Carin B.
"I couldn't imagine a school like this existed.

Our 2 year old daughter has transformed in the 2 months she's been attending. She speaks so much now and her vocabulary has multiplied, she listens better to her parents and she had built confidence in doing things herself like putting on her shoes and clothes.

It is remarkable how much happier she's been.
-Matthew B.

Activities

Students at Garden Path School become immersed in a wide range of learning activities, including art, music, numeracy and geometry, science and STEM, writing, phonics and early literacy, yoga and other large muscle activities, manipulatives and other fine motor activities, and sensory play.

Our Typical Schedule:

Garden Path School is open from 8:15am – 5:30pm, with extended hours by prior arrangement.

8:15 Centers and Arrival

9:00 Group

9:30 Snack and Conversation

10:00 Projects

11:00 Recess (in our beautiful, fenced-in backyard)

12:00 Lunch and Conversation (We bless our food before lunch), Preparation for Nap, Stories 

1:00 Nap and Quiet Books

3:00 Wake Up, Snack, and Indoor Activities

4:00 Recess

5:00 Centers

5:20 Dismissal

Receive Real-Time Photo and Video Updates

Parents receive photos and videos of your children in real time during the day through Tadpoles. At the end of your child’s day, you receive a report summarizing the day’s highlights and menu, the time of your child’s nap, and any reminder notes. 

Parents appreciate being able to drop in, join us for lunch, or help with special projects. We have a supportive group of parents at Garden Path School who value the unique opportunity this program provides their children.

Get to know the Owner and Teacher

Angela Mayfield, M.Ed.

Angela is a professional early childhood educator with over 30 years of experience in the field.

She has taught in a variety of settings, including full-day and half-day public school preschool, full-day public PreK and Kindergarten, educational day care, and private early learning centers. 

Angela has coached and mentored teachers and parents of young children and has supervised early childhood programs. She is delighted to now offer Garden Path School to Knoxville, TN and the surrounding communities. 

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