We strive to be a true play-based learning center at Creative Minds Early Learning Center. What does that mean exactly? Children will only be in their classrooms during meals, snacks, quiet times, story times, and possible specific curricular activities. Our generous space and our intake of only 75 children allow for two massive indoor areas for gross motor play when the weather in Nebraska doesn't cooperate with outdoor play. The various areas of our center represent learning portals that include language and literacy, math, science, creative and visual art, sensory, cooking, and gross motor play.
We have a significant creative and visual arts area, a sensory area, and a dramatic play room where children can enter a tiny world, just like adults but learning life skills through play. We also offer a space for cooking classes and other life skills courses that most other centers do not offer.
We have an extensive area for our academic-based
mathematics, manipulative, blocks, building, games, and play to ensure children thrive in every curriculum area and developmental domain while gaining independence and learning various play styles.
Our teacher-directed storytime, including independent exploration of preschool literature, encourages early reading and an understanding of sounds, words and language.
Sensory play is any activity that stimulates children's minds through their senses of sights, hearing, touch, smell, and taste and anything which engages movement and balance. It encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem-solving, and creativity. It helps build cognitive growth and promotes language and motor skills development. It encourages motor skills development, supports language development, encourages scientific thinking, and problem-solving, and helps foster social interactions.
The dramatic play area offers children the opportunity for self-empowerment and exploration and allows them to make choices, express their emotions, and find a new connection to themselves. Through dramatic play, children act out adult roles and learn about the world around them. Children develop their social and emotional skills and have an outlet to decompress and have fun!
Playing in the fresh air is an essential part of childhood, and when Nebraska weather allows, our little ones will enjoy unstructured, self-directed play. Our newly renovated outdoor area has been constructed to encourage children to explore and develop. This type of unstructured play allows them to be creative and discover the world in their own unique way. From sensory tables to bicycles and hula hoops, our outdoor space has been carefully developed for enjoyment, exploration, and safety.
Healthy and nutritional snacks and lunches are a vital part of any child's day and that's why we've chosen to partner with local catering company, Kinder Bites, to provide high-quality, delicious food for our little ones. With the parent's permission, the children will be allowed to eat, snack, and have a drink of their choice at any time.
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