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Cheers to 5 Years

Cheers to 5 Years

Why?

 

That is the most common question I get when I meet new people and I tell them I am a preschool owner. The short answer is because I am crazy, like most kindergarten teachers are. However, the long answer is that I am truly passionate about what I do.

 

Over the past five years I have had the unique opportunity to see the ripple effect my ownership of a preschool has had and it is the most humbling feeling I have ever experienced. I have a passion for creating a space that energizes children to develop a love of learning through hands on experiences and play. I have a passion for giving families the most peace of mind I possibly can by always looking at ways to increase the safety and security of the children in our care while they are working to provide for their families. I have a passion for providing jobs to teachers that want to make a difference in the world and creating a fun place to work. I am passionate about developing relationships with those that we serve; wether it be children, parents, grandparents, staff, or community members. I am passionate about continually building a company that has a clear vision and can make a positive impact greater than I could ever imagine. 

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New Year, New You. Join our Brainy Team!

New-Year-New-You

The New Year is here and with that comes a fresh start. 

So many people use the new year to make some much needed changes and have a fresh start.  What changes do you want for yourself this year? Do you want to loose weight, spend less time on your phone, or learn something new? Then you would be among many others that are striving for a healthier and more balanced life. 

But what if your resolution is to find a meaningful career or to find a place to work that is fun? If you are looking to start a career where you can make a difference in the world everyday, a career at Brainy Kids Place may be for you. We aren’t here to talk to you about our pay or benefits, we stand behind our great compensation package. We believe in taking care of those that care for children!

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What is so magical about mixed age classrooms?

Mixed-age

As an educator and lifelong learner, I am always searching for ways to structure our school to allow children the best environment for learning and building a solid foundation that will serve them for a lifetime.

One of the recent topics that has piqued my interest and research was how children have not been developing socially as they have previously. Some would like to attribute the increased violence and distance from one another on technology, but there are other factors at play. One major contributor is a lack of empathy and not feeling connected to a “community” or peer group. When researching how to combat this in the preschool and early childhood setting, blended or mixed aged classrooms have been shown to increase empathy and a sense of community within the classrooms.

Blended age classrooms are not “new” or “trendy”, in fact that is how the one room school house was structured up until the industrial revolution. Mixed age classrooms are a pillar in the Montessori method of teaching and supported by many child development specialists, such as Lev Vygotsky. 

What are the short and long term benefits?

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A Birthday to Remember

A Birthday to Remember Experiences Before Parties

My kids were invited to a friends birthday celebration that left me inspired and made me reconsider the way I view birthday parties. You might have read “inspired” and thought it was a Pinterest worthy extravaganza, but it was quite the opposite. The Birthday Girl LOVES horses and unicorns to the point of possible obsession. Her mom could have thrown a unicorn party for the ages full of all kinds of decorations and other frivolous costly things, but she didn’t. She arranged for the party to be horseback riding for one friend of her choosing. She chose my two kids to share in her special experience (since they are always together and 13 months apart). Talk about SPECIAL! When the day finally came, the kids and adults had an awesome time making memories. My kids brought a hand made card for a gift and there was a cake that her grandmother made. All I could think was why had I never thought about this?

Why had I never taken the time to re-think birthday parties and allow my children to have an experience instead of a party? Moreover, why had I never considered that it should be and even more intimate experience with just a few close friends and family members? I was awestruck at the simplicity of it and loved the feeling. It was a breath of fresh air, literally. We spent time getting to learn about riding horses and how to take care of them. The icing on the cake was actually riding the horses. It was the first kids birthday party I truly enjoyed. 

I truly appreciated the opportunity to allow our children to make memories and have new experiences they can cherish, and they have. They still talk about getting to go horseback riding and how special they felt that she chose them to share in her celebration. They were even inspired to begin planning an experiential birthday celebration as well.  Even though their ideas change, they still like the thought of doing something instead of the traditional party. I could not feel more blessed to have been introduced to a new thought process when it comes to birthdays and hope that you will take a moment to consider giving your child an experience for their birthday, instead of just another toy. 

Rainy Day Renegades

RainyDay

“Rain, rain go away

Come again another day.

Rain, rain go away

Little Johnny wants to play.”

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Behind the Brain

Behind the Brain

In today’s world, its hard to feel connected to people and much more with businesses. Long gone are the Mayberry days of getting a haircut at the local one chair barber shop where you get the town gossip while relaxing and reading the paper. Today, we are overwhelmed in our increasingly hectic lives and wrapped into the whirlwind of our phones filled with numerous apps, games, email, texting, and endless possibilities to find yourself consumed before you even realize what has happened. So now when you go to get your haircut, you have music and television going as well as an endless stream of people around you, most of which you will never come in contact with again. Maybe you know your barber, maybe you don’t. You might be at a small business or you might be at a large chain. But either way, you probably don’t really know anything about the company, its values, or what it stands for.

This is the interesting part; just now you thought of a company that you know what they stand for. That’s awesome. Keep that thought.

I recently actively started paying attention to companies and what their core values are and what they stand for and believe in and it has really been a shift in the way I buy and interact with businesses. Being a small business owner myself, I truly believe in the power of a small business. Small businesses can focus on people and make sure that their products and services align with their beliefs. Small businesses are not profit machines run by a CEO or Board of Directors that are concerned with their stock prices.

Why does this matter to me?

I buy Made in the USA and small business first. I am willing to pay more to support businesses I believe in. I recently had a fellow childcare owner say she believes “We vote with our dollars.” This was powerful to me and truly made me evaluate the companies I was voting for with my dollars. I started doing research on some of the businesses I frequented from the grocery store to where I purchased my clothing. I even started looking at the brands that I was loyal to. What I found was many times businesses fall short in the communication department. They will tell you how much you can save, but what about what causes they support, how they serve and support their employees, and their future plans? These things matter. You would find out these things before you begin a new friendship or relationship, so why not when you are choosing to spend your hard earned money?

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