You may have noticed that we are working to create more outdoor spaces that sparks your child's imagination and creativity. We have added the mud kitchen, stumps, building blocks, gravel pit, and a few musical elements as well. We are hoping to add more "loose parts" for our children to create. Please take some time to watch this video and take note of the variety of materials seen in the video. The child's mind is limitless when it comes to creativity. We would love any donations of materials that we could add to our "loose parts" section of our playground! The kids have already loved what we have added and we want to continue to add more to support their ideas and imagination!
What a fun and messy day it has been for the toddlers. They began today by creating "ponds" for their frogs. They added grass to the habitats and even some logs for the frogs to jump on! They had a blast getting a bit messy and talking about habitats with their teachers and friends. Once they had moved on from their ponds they decided that painting with paint might be fun too! Ms. Jennifer supplied them with brushes and paper and they continued to explore and create their mud "masterpieces."
What a week it has been at TLC! The teachers really are following the lead and interests of the students and facilitating lots of conversations about all sorts of fun topics! The pictures speak for themselves...enjoy!
It has been a very busy week at TLC! The kids have had so much fun making play dough, building ramps, “baking” mud pies, “washing” dinosaurs, releasing butterflies, exploring new textures, discovering our outdoor space and most importantly working on their Mother’s Day projects! The kids were so proud to share their time and creations with the most important woman in their lives!
To all our TLC moms, thank you for giving us the privilege of sharing in all the amazing and messy memories with your children each day!
What we know about early childhood years (from years of research) is that the process of learning is far more important than the product. We want children to use their sense of wonder to explore, create, and evaluate the world around them.
Last week I was given the opportunity to visit Kent State University and hear a keynote speaker and tour and evaluate their Child Development Center. I was inspired but what I saw. The level of engagement and learning that was happening quiet honestly brought me to tears. The teachers at TLC are such an incredible group of ladies and educators. They truly love your children and were so eager to hear of the ideas that I had witnessed. Their spirit is inspirational because they are up for any challenge, and they are more than eager to try new things if it will benefit your children. Over the next few months the teachers and I will be working together to define what we want learning to look, feel, and sound like at TLC!
Let the journey begin….