A Note from our Director
We’ve all heard about the importance of the first three years of life. Babies and toddlers are working hard to master cognitive, emotional, social, language, and motor skills. Their brains are rapidly growing and making the neural connections needed to support these new developments. Over the past twenty-five years of working with young children and their families I’ve come to firmly believe that the best way to support our young children’s growing brains is to foster a loving connection between child and caregiver during these early years.
Sample Week in the Morning Program
Every Sunday Cecilia emails our families in the morning program and previews the curriculum for the coming week as well as the discussion topic for caregivers. For example, one week this past winter our theme of the week was Winter Small World. Our stations included snow scenes at the easels with white paint on dark paper; an arctic habitat at the sensory table with dyed rice, penguins, “icebergs” and pretend snow; ice paintings at one of our art table with watercolors on ice cubes and snow collages at our second art table with cotton balls and clear contact paper. Our discussion topic that week was “understanding our child’s temperament.”
This spring one of our week’s theme was Welcome Spring. Our stations rainbow painting at the easels; digging for spring bugs at the sensory table; tissue paper ripping and cutting and then gluing it to a tree branch at our art tables for a collaborative art project. And our discussion topic was “our child’s immune system.” Each week brings something new and fun for children and caregivers alike!
Media / Learn More!
Toddler playtime is so important! Experts are increasingly taking note of the critical importance of play to a child’s development. At Galoop playtime and independence are at the core of our philosophy. Read below for a discussion with Cecilia about the importance of play in Exhale magazine:
When can you leave a child play unsupervised? That’s the question up for discussion with Cecilia in Romper magazine.