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 skills, cause and effect, as well as small muscle and large muscle development and cognitive skills.
Maritza, Honeybee Teacher
Hello! My name is Maritza and I am excited to be working at The Learning Gardens as a full-time Infant to Younger Toddler Teacher. I’ve always enjoyed taking care of children; even when I was younger, I would take care of my cousins and siblings. My favorite things to do in my spare time includes babysitting, reading and writing. My favorite part about The Learning Gardens is the teachers. It is evident that everyone has a joy for teaching and loves children.
I am a huge advocate for children and believe that self-expression is the foundation to all growth.
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.”
Rachel, Honeybees Teacher
Hello! My name is Rachel Follett-Graney and I am so excited to be a lead teacher in the Honeybee room. I received my Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison with an emphasis in Child Development, and have over ten years of experience working in Early Childhood. I am also a Certified Child Life Specialist, and have lived all over the country working in clinical settings. I love watching children learn through sensory exploration, and feel honored to be a part of your little one’s daily explorations. I look forward to working with your entire family!