Life sure isn’t easy during this unprecedented time of the Coronavirus, but at The Learning Center it can still be fun! It’s amazing how many ways you can stay connected and be safe at the same time. Our classes stopped meeting in person on March 13th and all of us at The Learning Center were virtual the following week. Our kids and families seamlessly transitioned in participating in Story Telling, Cooking Classes, Special Small Group Time with teachers, and Shabbat with our Rabbis. The social emotional component of our children’s development is still being closely watched as the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months. One family shared that when they asked their three year old daughter if she missed her teacher she replied: “No.” Her parents then asked: “Why not?” “Because, “she said, “I see her all the time on the computer.”
Using the outdoors and nature as a classroom has always been a strong component of our curriculum. It was time for our annual Garden Party. With the social distancing ever present on all of our minds I knew we couldn’t have our traditional Garden Party. Instead we turned it around and celebrated by creating garden gift bags for each family. We all met in the parking lot of Temple Shir Shalom. With gloves and masks the staff gave each child (in their cars) a bag filled with seeds, plant markers and other garden goodies to create their own garden at home. Each family using healthy social distance tailgated and connected.
We hope we can open in the fall. Small class size and an extensive outdoor curriculum has always been a defining part of The Learning Center. Because of this we know we will fill up fast.
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