By Danyelle Leentjes | Seeds of Learning
“The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss.
Celebrating Dr. Seuss is an annual tradition every March 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 backward day, wacky hair day, crazy hair day Seuss-themed art projects, and bring your favorite Seuss book to school to name a few. Every child in the Butterfly classroom recently received “A Wocket in my Pocket,” by Seuss. Along with their parents, they recreated some of their favorite parts of the story and characters through art. Their imaginations really shined through.
What makes Dr. Seuss’ books so special are the rhythmic and at times nonsensical rhyming words. His ability to engage children with creative illustrations, repetitive sounds and silly storylines help children connect sounds to letters. It serves as a map from sounds to the printed word. Dr. Seuss understood the importance of early childhood education to the developing brain of a child.
Approximately 85 percent of the brain develops by age 5. Consider the countless connections and interactions that occur in the first five years of a child’s life and the lasting impression they make. Therefore, high-quality early childhood educational programs, like Seeds of Learning, are crucial to the healthy development of social, emotional and academic skills.
According to the Perry Preschool Study, children who had access to high-quality early childhood education experienced higher graduation rates, went on to pursue higher education or vocational programs, had fewer teen pregnancies, were less likely to commit crimes and earned a higher income.
That is why Seeds has created a home-like positive play-based learning environment filled with love. We want children to become caring adults who are strong, self-aware, curious, creative and compassionate. Early education is where it all begins.
Seeds of Learning is a not-for-profit NAEYC accredited early care and childhood center promoting the growth of the “whole child” while instilling the love of learning for diverse young learners in Pagosa Springs for nearly 25 years. Only 10 percent of childcare centers in America earn the NAEYC accreditation.
What Seeds accreditation means for children and families is a high-quality preschool education program. Families can feel certain that their children are safe and receiving the best care and early learning experiences possible every day. Families in Archuleta County must be assured of affordable, reliable and exceptional child care. Without it, families will be unable to afford to stay in our beautiful mountain town. Seeds of Learning is making a difference for children, their families and Archuleta County by meeting families at their income level by offering a sliding scale-based tuition. An average of 80 percent of children at Seeds are at a reduced tuition fee.
For more information on Seeds of Learning and how you can support early childhood development in Archuleta County, please visit GrowingSeeds.org.