By Danielle Leentjes | Seeds of learning
“The more you read, the more you know. The more you learn, the more places you will go. – Dr. Seuss.
Celebrating Dr. Seuss is an annual March tradition at Seeds of Learning that dates back many years. Each of our three classes will have a variety of Dr. Seuss-themed activities this month, including throwback day, wacky hair day, crazy hair day themed art projects, and bring your favorite Seuss book in school to name a few. Every child in the Butterfly class recently received “A Wocket in my Pocket,” by Seuss. Together with their parents, they recreated some of their favorite parts of the story and characters through art. Their imagination really shined.
What makes Dr. Seuss’ books so special are the rhythmic and sometimes nonsensical rhymes. Its ability to engage children with creative illustrations, repetitive sounds and fun stories helps children connect sounds to letters. It serves as a sound map for the printed word. Dr. Seuss understood the importance of early childhood education for the development of a child’s brain.
About 85% of the brain develops before the age of 5. Consider the countless connections and interactions that occur during the first five years of a child’s life and the lasting impression they leave. Therefore, high-quality early childhood education programs, such as Seeds of Learning, are essential for the healthy development of social, emotional, and academic skills.
According to the Perry Preschool study, children who had access to high-quality preschool education had higher graduation rates, went on to college or vocational training programs, had fewer teenage pregnancies, were less likely to commit crimes and earned a higher income.
That’s why Seeds has created a positive learning environment based on play and filled with love. We want children to grow into caring, strong, self-aware, curious, creative and compassionate adults. Early education is where it all begins.
Seeds of Learning is a nonprofit NAEYC-accredited early childhood and care center that promotes “whole child” growth while instilling a love of learning in diverse young learners. of Pagosa Springs for nearly 25 years. Only 10% of daycare centers in America achieve NAEYC accreditation.
What Seeds accreditation means for children and families is a high quality early education program. Families can be confident that their children are safe and receiving the best possible care and learning experiences every day. Families in Archuleta County need to be assured of affordable, reliable, and exceptional child care. Without this, families will not be able to afford to stay in our beautiful mountain town. Seeds of Learning makes a difference for children, their families, and Archuleta County by meeting families at their income level by offering sliding scale tuition. On average, 80% of Seeds children benefit from reduced tuition fees.
For more information about Seeds of Learning and how you can support early childhood development in Archuleta County, please visit GrowingSeeds.org.