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Little Seedlings is a first taste of social and experiential learning for two- to three-year-olds. From dressing up in capes and silks to exploring outside with bubbles, sand and water, children get to choose. Class exploration is anchored in hands-on, sensory experiences in play, nature and the arts.
Together, families learn skills that help them lead more meaningful, connected lives as they grow. Both children and parents have opportunities to practice creative problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, empathy and respect for others. As with our Seedlings program, Little Seedlings students and parents form the heart of the Sunflower community, supporting each other in learning and in life.
3-Step Application Process: 1. Attend an Intro to Seedlings Meeting | 2. Attend a Seedlings Visiting Day with your child | 3. Complete application and pay application fee
A transitional program that bridges the gap between parent/child classes and our full Seedlings program. The class encourages more independence in a longer program, two days a week. Parents start the year attending with their child. Each class includes parent participation and ongoing mentoring and support.
Seedlings Parent Cooperative Preschool
Based on the latest early childhood research, Little Seedlings classes promote the social, emotional and intellectual development of each child. We use the Guidance techniques of child development expert Dan Gartrell and draw inspiration from early childhood educator and author, Bev Bos. Particular attention is given to respecting the individual, nurturing problem-solving skills, and creating a sense of cooperation and belonging. Seedlings is a family-friendly program– both parents and children are given the support and nurturing they need to grow.
Sunflower’s Educational Model The Sunflower Model is a developmentally based philosophy of social, emotional and intellectual learning that involves parents as facilitators in their child’s educational experience. The pillars of the model are Respect for the Individual, Learning Through Experience and Learning Within Community. We teach these concepts through hands-on experiences in Play, Nature, and the Arts. Our goal is to grow children and adults who are reflective thinkers, respectful communicators, confident innovators, creative problem-solvers, empathetic peacemakers, passionate players and lifelong learners.
Sunflower was the first “home” Serena (our daughter) and I felt most comfortable in as we navigated life as new mom and baby out in the Boca Raton/Delray Area. It is a unique environment where I have felt open and safe to grow as a parent and person, a place that I know my daughter loves to come to and explore who she is as a child growing up in this ever-changing world.
Attending an Intro to Seedlings meeting is the first step in the Little Seedlings registration process. In this required meeting, led by a member of the Sunflower Staff, parents learn about Sunflower’s educational philosophy and tour our indoor and outdoor classroom spaces. If you have questions about anything Sunflower-and Seedlings-related, this meeting is where you’ll find your answers.
Through parent education and the support of our close-knit COMMUNITY, Seedlings helps you become the parent you want to be.
Respect for the Individual
Learning Through Experience
Emphasis on hands-on, sensory experiences in Play, Nature and the Arts, including opportunities for process-oriented art, music, science, nature exploration, and dramatic play.
Learning Within Community