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, Sunflower Teacher
Hello, my name is Jaden. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I have been working with students for two years in the classroom. I am passionate about early childhood education because I believe it creates the foundation of a student’s future academic success and I am very excited to join the staff and join the classroom.
What I enjoy about The Learning Gardens is that it gives children the opportunities to learn as they play. Giving children enrichment opportunities such as Spanish, Dance and yoga as well as having a wide array of food to have the children try. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and looking at fun activities for the students.
Favorite education quotes:
- “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”
- “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”
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 ongoing education 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. Moving forward, I will continue ongoing continuing education in Community Engagement and Education, and Adult Education Policy with an Early Childhood Education focus.
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.
I bring a long term commitment to education as a lifestyle and championing quality Early Childhood Education for children, their families, and the staff that provide their daily environment, and I’m thrilled to get to know your little ones, meet their needs, and discover their ever growing world with them.
Kelsey, Sunflower Teacher
Hello! My name is Kelsey and I am beyond excited to be teaching at The Learning Gardens with such a welcoming and inviting team. My passion in life is teaching kids and I cannot wait for this opportunity to assist kids learn and grow.
I grew up here in Madison and attended Edgewood College, were I received my degrees in Child Life and Art Therapy. My journey after college took me to both Minnesota and LaCrosse to work in Children’s Hospitals. After marrying my husband, we decided to move back to Madison to be around our families. In my free time I love to cook, enjoy Madison, be with my family, and explore with my wonderful puppy, Hank, who we rescued a year ago. I can’t wait to meet everyone!
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