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.
Naomi, Sunflower Teacher
Hello! My name is Ms. Naomi, but most people under 5 years of age call me “Ms. Omi”. I’m delighted to get to know you and your family. I started at The Learning Gardens in January 2019, after taking a year sabbatical after 18 years in early childhood, combined with 14 years of creative artistry and corporate education in the beauty industry for a global company. I have training and experience in multiple age groups, most recently completing the Registry Preschool Credential, an 18-credit credential through UW- Platteville, and WMELS-Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. I plan on continuing my training with an emphasis in Community Engagement and Education, as well as Adult Education Policy with an Early Childhood Education focus. Thus, I bring a long-term commitment to education as a lifestyle and championing quality Early Childhood Education for children, their families, and among the staff who provide their daily environment. I’m thrilled to get to know your little ones, meet their needs, and discover their ever growing world with them.
I’m originally from the Middleton area, and when I’m not at The Learning Gardens, you might find me spending time with my daughter; checking out all the Madison area has to offer such as Opera in the Park, the Farmer’s Market, Middleton’s great nature preserves and trails; reading; or exploring new and exciting studies on education, science, and more.
Rosie, Sunflower Teacher
Hello parents! My name is Rosie Popp and I have been part of the Learning Gardens teaching team since 2017. In addition, I have been working on my degree in Elementary Education at Madison College. At the end of 2020, I decided to take a break from my studies; and I began working full time at TLG to focus more on hands-on learning and gain experience to better my teaching skills. I enjoy walking with friends and family at a 6 ft. distance, painting on the porch, and watching a good show. I am very excited and ready to take on this new challenge to further my teaching abilities.