CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL
Entering her seventh year of teaching, Lisa Garard’s days at Children’s Garden School are always full of variety. “I teach physical education, health and mindfulness lessons throughout the week to students from preschool to Grade 3,” she explains, “And I conduct lessons outdoors as often as I can because I believe strongly in the benefits of outdoor education.” Garard, who received her master of science in education from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, says her educational philosophy involves teaching to the whole child. “Both the lessons inside and outside of the classroom provide optimal educational and social success. I try to use inquiry based teaching as much as possible to allow the children's learning to be more selfdirected, rather than overly structured. I believe this is beneficial to them as, when they learn in a context that is meaningful to them, they not only retain more knowledge but become motivated and inspired about learning!” Garard’s most memorable moments are when she witnesses the benefits of the mindfulness program. “Seeing a child who struggles with anxiety and selfregulation gradually be able to express their feelings using physical tools that have been introduced to the child during my mindfulness lessons...” is what makes it all worthwhile.