Sunflowers

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


Hello!  I’m Sarah Goebel. I grew up in northern Illinois and just moved from the East Coast where my husband was stationed in the Navy and where I got my bachelors at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, majoring in Psychology in 2021. I have a huge passion for teaching social/emotional regulation and coping skills to help build resilience during transitions whether that be in day-to-day transitions or big life events. I love to share my knowledge of children’s love languages and social/emotional child development. I enjoy reading about adolescent mental health and listening to child development podcasts on my drive from Janesville.
My husband and I had our first baby boy, Chase, in February 2022.  He is currently enrolled here at The Learning Gardens as well. I also enjoy learning about American Sign Language in my free time, along with rock collecting/crystals, and astrology. I love playing and being silly with my son and husband.
I love that The Learning Gardens uses play-based learning for the little ones to grow and discover with their imagination. I look forward to growing and learning with your kids and hope to have a fantastic school year.
Favorite quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – Christopher Robin