The Sunflower Room

To learn, a child must be able to play. By allowing a child to interact with items in their environment through play, the child will discover their environment on a personal level.  This will create an atmosphere of learning that will span the disciplines that will be needed in the future to become a productive person in life.  Through play a child learns math, science, vocabulary, social skill, cause and effect, as well as small muscle and large muscle development and cognitive skills.

Jaden, Sunflowers Teacher


Hello! My name is Jaden Delaney and I have worked at The Learning Gardens since the summer of 2018. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 2017 with my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Through my degree, I have worked with children in a wide variety of age groups. I have worked with preschool, Head Start, primary grades (Kindergarten – 3rd grade), infants and toddlers as well as Birth to Three. I love working with children because it always amazes me when a child is working really hard on a concept and they finally are able to do or understand that concept.  To see their pure joy and excitement of learning makes my heart melt over and over.  I live on the Northside of Madison with my husband, Ien. Although we don’t have any pets or children right now, we hope that in the future we shall be able to grow as a family. We recently just bought our first house and are looking forward to getting a dog. In my free time, I love to read, take hikes, go swimming, and play games. One thing I like to disclose to all the families I work with is that in the summer of 2017, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I like to disclose this information because, somedays, it does affect my capabilities on a day-to-day basis.


Sarah, Sunflowers Teacher

Hi I’m Sarah, in 2021, I moved from the east coast where my husband was stationed in the Navy and where I went to Old Dominion University In Norfolk Virginia and majored in Psychology! I enjoy reading about children’s mental health and, taking my Boston terrier on walks in the evening. My husband and I are expecting our first baby this February. I enjoy yoga, rock collecting, and teaching others about coping skills and how to use them to better their lives and express their feelings. I love that The Learning Gardens has such a fun creative art, music, and reading program for the little ones. I look forward to working with your kids and hope to have a fantastic summer and school year!
Favorite quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – Christopher Robin