“Some people walk in the rain…others just get wet.”
Most of us adults are guilty of saying to the young child after a good down pour: “Stop! Don’t step in that puddle,” or “Wait! Don’t pick up that worm!” The young child has no preconceived ideas of puddles and worms. It’s the adults in their lives job to keep them safe and healthy. The young child’s job is to touch, feel and get messy. At The Learning Center we keep our children safe and healthy but we also go on worm hunts, love to splash in puddles, we often judge a good day by how messy we get.
It doesn’t take a research project to see what is going on with our young children. (Though there is lots of research out there!) Children are spending WAY less time outside, kid’s activities are being programmed and planned, kindergartens are now first grades and more and more parents are feeling anxious. Does any of this sound familiar?
As the director of The Learning Center I have the privilege to keep the sense of wonder on our student’s faces. No I am not pretending to be Peter Pan. What I am doing is training our teachers and providing a curriculum that makes the learning process experiential and alive both inside the classroom and outside on the playground and in the garden. We see a tremendous difference in our kids when they are active participants in learning in the outdoors. You would be amazed at the science, math and social skills that come alive in our garden. I call this intentional learning. Our kids call it fun!
Families that attend The Learning Center and its special programming are not always aware of the behind the scene intentional learning that takes place. Our Bim Bom Baby program welcomes babies through 4 year olds with a favorite adult once a month (3rd Friday from 10-11:30 am) from across the community. The Rabbis are the welcoming force in this class, spreading their fun and antics while braiding challah and schmoozing with everyone. It is a
wonderful way for families to get a taste of who we are and what we do. Rolling dough, sprinkling flour is fun for the young child…and they are learning about Shabbat all at the same time.
The early years are crucial years for the young child. Their brain is developing at record speed. They thrive on interactive relationships and experiential interactions for foundation, successful learning. At The Learning Center we understand how children learn…..and how they see the world!
Come visit! Enrollment for the fall has started! There are still spaces available for Camp!