The Goddard School

The Goddard School

A best in class PreSchool where children develop a love of learning and confidence in their ability t Welcome to The Goddard School!

Our goal is to be a resource for families and a community where parents can share information and learn from each other.

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Get your little ones into the thankful spirit with some of these great books!

Ages 0-2:
📚 Thanks A Lot written by Raffi and illustrated by Jaime Kim
📚 My Heart Fills with Happiness written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Julie Flett
Ages 3-6:
📚 Gracias/Thanks written by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra
📚 Thank you, Omu! written and illustrated by Oge Mora

Check out our website for more book recommendations:


Gratitude is a complex topic for little ones. In this video clip, Dr. Lauren Loquasto, our chief academic officer, breaks down what it really means when children understand the concept. Check out our blog post for age-appropriate tips on teaching your child about gratitude:


Bring the season inside by creating a fall-themed sensory bag! Your little ones will love squishing and poking the bag and you’ll love that they develop fine-motor, language, cognitive and social-emotional skills in the process.

Check out our website for instructions on how to make your own :


😴How did the end of daylight saving time go for your family?

How Parents Can Tackle Inappropriate Language, Separation Anxiety and Attention-Seeking Behaviors 11/02/2023

Has your little one ever caught you off guard by dropping a verbal bomb (bonus points if it was in public)? Maybe your child struggles with separation anxiety and you feel like you’re glued together. How about those attention-seeking theatrics that deserve an Oscar? Dr. Lauren (Starnes) Loquasto, senior vice president and chief academic officer at The Goddard School, and Dr. Kyle Pruett, member of The Goddard School® Educational Advisory Board, offer their expertise on how to address these behaviors in young children.

How Parents Can Tackle Inappropriate Language, Separation Anxiety and Attention-Seeking Behaviors MISSION, KS / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2023 / (Family Features) If your little one has ever caught you off guard by dropping a verbal bomb or your young child struggles with separation anxiety, you're certainly not alone.It's important for parents ...

Photos from The Goddard School's post 11/01/2023

Thanks to all who joined our Pumpkin Party! We love seeing the creative pumpkins you and your little ones made. 🎃
Take a look at some of the amazing pictures we received!


Remember, leave your costumes at home tomorrow but come dressed in your coziest jammies instead. We're having a spooktacular pajama party!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/30/2023

The votes are in! This year's Trunk or Treat winners are...
Overall Favorite: Ms. Torri and Ms. Jacky's with Mario Brothers
Most Creative: Ms. Maylynn with Jurassic World
Our raffle winner for the Not So Spooky Boo Basket was the Selimshayev Family in the Owls class!
A huge thank you to all of our amazing families who came to help us celebrate the spooky season on Friday. We had a blast decorating our trunks, passing out treats and seeing all your amazing costumes.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/28/2023
Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/28/2023

Happy Halloween everyone! We had so much fun with our friends at our annual Trunk or Treat.....

How to adjust to Daylight Saving Time 10/27/2023

Most of us across the country will “fall back” next weekend as daylight saving time comes to an end. The shift can impact sleep routines and cycles for everyone, but can be especially disruptive for your little ones. Dr. Jack Maypole, a member of our Educational Advisory Board, joined WDJT CBS 58 this week to share some timely tips to help you minimize the disruption.

How to adjust to Daylight Saving Time MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Every spring and fall, parents have to help their child adjust to a new sleep cycle during Daylight Saving Time. While this may seem daunting, there are some strategies for paren


Todays the day! We can't wait to see everyone's smiling faces tonight at Trunk or Treat from 7pm-8:30pm! Be sure to take a minute to vote for your favorite trunks and put your name in the raffle for the Not So Spooky Boo Basket!
Families welcome, costumes encouraged!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/26/2023

Don't forget to come hang out tomorrow night from 7-830pm for our The Goddard School of Meridian's Trunk or Treat! Simply Poured Brews and More will have some yummy drink options for purchase, Smitten Face Painting will be available to bring all your face paint dreams to reality, and of course, all our amazing teachers will be dressed to impress and ready to pass out yummy treats! Be sure to stop by the Storybook pumpkin table to view some awesome creations and enter for a chance to win a Not So Spooky Boo Basket too!


We’re sorry for the jump scare. What’s your scariest parenting story?

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/25/2023

Oh my gourd we are having a blast this week exploring all the great things that come with Fall!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/24/2023

Okay, I know we said we were only going to feature the pumpkins we got yesterday but guys, look at these amazing creations that keep rolling in! How could we not share them with the world?
Same rules apply, give your favorite some love and we will give one of our favorite books to the winner!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/24/2023

Check out some of the amazing storybook pumpkins that have come in already! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, we have a special book for the one with the most love at the end of the day!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/23/2023

Looking for the perfect fall activity for your child? We’ve got options that everyone will love!

For even more ideas for each age group, visit our website:


Storybook pumpkins are rolling in today and we are loving the creativity and imagination! If you haven't brought one yet, don't panic! You still have time! Who is your favorite book character you're hoping to see this week??
Pumpkins will be on display through the week in the front lobby, and on center stage Friday night for the Trunk or Treat event you won't want to miss.


Today is the last day to shop in person at the book fair and we're offering 10% off ALL REMAINING TITLES!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/18/2023

The Pumpkin Party’s not over yet! That means there’s still a chance for your 🎃 masterpiece to be featured on our social media channels. Get those craft supplies ready for some no-carve creative fun by October 27!

Visit our website to share your pumpkin pics:


Do you think our Otter class can grow their own magic beanstalk? Students wanted to give it a try after reading, "Jack and the Beanstalk" as part of their fairy tale unit this week. Guess what? It's already sprouted!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/16/2023

Save money on expensive Halloween costumes by making your own! You just need materials you likely already have at home.

👻 Blocks
Paint a large cardboard box in your child’s favorite color. Cut holes for their head and arms. Then glue plastic or Styrofoam cups to the front of the box and you’ve created your own building block!
👻 Crayon
Dress your child in their favorite color from head to toe. Then buy a party hat in a matching color (or make your own using construction paper) and your child is transformed into their favorite color crayon.
👻 Marathon runner
Is your toddler’s favorite pastime running? Dress them up in their comfiest running outfit and then print out a number to stick on their shirt — now they’re ready to run a candy marathon.
👻 Race car (or any wheeled vehicle)
Transform cardboard boxes into something with wheels! The best thing about “boxtumes” is they’re adaptable, which means you can make them to fit your child’s physical needs.

Share a picture of your child’s costume in the comments!


Saturday marks 4 years that The Goddard School of Meridian has been open! 🥳 We're so grateful we get to inspire a love of learning each and every day (and have a ton of fun doing it!!!) right here in the Treasure Valley. We're not trying to brag, but we really feel we have the best students, families and teachers around.
Join us in celebrating with an impromptu PAJAMA PARTY 🎉 this Friday, October 13th.


If you couldn’t attend our What the [bleep]?! webinar, don’t worry! You can visit our website to register for free access to the recording:


What makes these Goddard guests so bear-y special? For starters, they’re:

🐻 Fluffy
🐻 Great listeners
🐻 Good at sharing
🐻 Reliable and supportive friends
🐻 Always ready for just about anything

It’s Bring Your Teddy Bear to School Day! What is your child most excited to share with their teddy bear today?


Everyone loves Bluey's adventures and we're excited to feature one in our upcoming book fair! Come check out Barky Boots and other great titles next week in the Discovery Room!

Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey | Official Book Trailer 10/10/2023

Pig the Pug is a familiar and beloved character around our school! This new title by Aaron Blabey, Pig the Monster, is sure to help us enjoy reading and get into the spooky season! Find it and other great books at the book fair October 16th - 20th.

Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey | Official Book Trailer In Pig the Monster, part of the bestselling Pig the Pug series by Aaron Blabey, everyone’s favorite pug is on the rampage for treats, treats, treats! With rh...


It's almost bookfair time! Let me tell you, we have an amazing selection of titles being shipped our way this week.
In the meantime, be on the lookout for exclusive sneak peek book trailers right here and get ready to "treat your shelf" October 16th - 20th.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/06/2023

Happy World Teachers’ Day! We strongly believe our teachers are some of the absolute best!
What does your child love about their teacher? Post your shout outs in the comments below!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 10/05/2023

Happy World Teachers’ Day! Goddard teachers are truly special, as these Goddard students are quick to point out!

What does your child love about their teacher? Give them a shout out in the comments!

The Goddard School
The Goddard School
The Goddard School
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Goddard’s annual Pumpkin Party is upon us! 🎃It’s an all-ages bash with no carving required — and your masterpiece could be featured on The Goddard School national social media channels!

Get inspired by these ideas and start crafting together. Just remember to submit a picture at before October 27. We can’t wait to see your boo-tiful designs!


It’s a Pumpkin Party — but don’t be scared, there’s no carving required! Get inspired by these gourd-geous designs and craft a creepy — or silly or frilly — pumpkin masterpiece with your little one.

Share your pumpkin design by October 27 for a chance to be featured on our social media channels. 🎃

Comment with your photo below or go to our website to enter!

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Videos (show all)

Today is National Coloring Day! Celebrate by making your own rainbow crayons. 🌈 It’s an easy way to give old crayons new...
How’s your child feeling about school lately? 🤔Even if they love learning as much as these Goddard students, it’s easy t...
Happy National Tell a Joke Day! It’s a favorite holiday here at The Goddard School - Meridian (ID) because you can’t bea...
June 19, better known as Juneteenth, is America’s second Independence Day. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas in 186...
Work Together Wednesday! Our classrooms worked together while playing games, building structures, and creating beautiful...
Are you still feeling a little upside down after #daylightsavingstime? Our classrooms are embracing it with some upside ...
In the pre-kindergarten classroom at The Goddard School, children continue their journey of exploration and discovery. T...




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Meridian, ID

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