Mi Families (“my families”) facilitates programs for families and those who work with families. All programs have an “education through recreation” approach – meaning we teach through fun activities. We teach through provider and parent workshops, as well as family events and youth services. Youth services include our discovery daycare for 1-6 year olds, elementary explorers (classes/tutoring) for 5-13 year olds, and teen trainings for 12-18 year olds.
Teen training programs have a marketable skills focus through team building, character building … and curriculums that teach teens how to teach others. Teaching curriculums start with teens teaching the littlest of learners. Teaching curriculums start with the basics of child development encouraging teens to learn about child care and build up a babysitting business.
Babysitting, and volunteering in child care programs, teaches teens that providing care is the first step before you can provide knowledge. When children feel cared for, when they feel safe and loved, they feel ready to learn new skills. Although every child learns and grows in their own time and in their own way – development is a continuum where we learn through transitions.
The word transition means many things – we transition to new places and clothing sizes, we transition through our daily routines, and through learning topics … In Mi Families programs we are currently transitioning from sky to sea studies. After Easter eggs encouraged a transitional topic of eggs – we learned about animals born from eggs – then about birds, then planes, and then clouds …
We are now ending a week learning about the water cycle … The water cycle is a perfect way to transition to water life and sea studies next week. We’ll be using Mother Goose Time’s Ocean Commotion curriculum for easy lesson planning. MGT offers a great themed lesson kit for preschoolers that you can simplify for early learners and expand on for older students.
As little ones are introduced to water concepts, middle ones will learn water life lessons and older students will research fresh vs salt water life. Through a simple theme of water all subjects will be covered from reading and writing to math, science, social studies … Through a simple theme we can transition our learning areas into rooms that encourage learning and growing.
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If you’d like to learn more about our learning rooms or programs email Christi@MiFamilies.com or visit www.MiFamilies.com. If you’d like to learn more about some of the materials pictured from Mother Goose Time visit www.MotherGooseTime.com. One of the nice things about MGT materials is how many supplies are re-usable! Many pictures show past years supplies … Next week I’ll showcase current ocean supplies!