Seedlings to Sunflowers is a learning center built to nurture and support the development of children and our community. Inspired by a systems theory approach, we believe that schools and childcare centers have an opportunity to strengthen connections between families and educators and that these building blocks will in turn create a stronger community for all of us.
Inspired by the Experiential Learning Model (ELM), we have designed a curriculum enriched by developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Hands-on projects and learning centers engage children who are tactile or kinesthetic learners and who need movement to learn best. This learning model also engages students who are auditory learners, who talk about what they’re doing, and visual learners, who have the opportunity to see what everyone else is creating. This approach acknowledges that children learn best when the reality they are experiencing is used as the primary teaching tool.
Kindergarten readiness in our center is defined by developing social, emotional and academic skills needed to enter into primary school. We believe that when children are able to better manage the social and emotional world that their academic success will be more easily obtained. With this in mind, we take every opportunity offered to reflect on and label feelings, model appropriate behavior, support problem solving in social interactions and help develop an understanding of social and community expectations.
With this foundation, children become capable learners and stewards of their community.