Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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Learning Through Low Cost and Recycled Materials

Have you ever felt the urge to go buy your child the newest, most innovative toys in the store? Will your child be behind developmentally without interacting with the newest gadgets? Rest easy, your child can learn effectively through recycled materials and other things found around your house. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to keep your child entertained while learning. Here are some low cost ideas to scaffold your child’s learning.

  • Pots, pans and spoons: While you are cooking, let your child explore with pots and pans. As they make noise, they are exploring musical concepts, the cause and effect of hitting the pans and developing their fine and gross-motor skills. Your child can also mimic what you are doing and learn through imitation.
  • Straws: Children can learn through exploring with straws. They can learn to drink from them, blow bubbles with them and even make whistling noises. They can practice putting straws in containers and taking them out, as well as linking them together to build and play.
  • Ribbons and scarves: You must supervise your child closely when children are exploring ribbons and scarves, but there is a lot that they can do with them. Children can experience a variety of textures in ribbons and scarves, while expanding their vocabulary to hear and talk about what they are feeling. They can also be used while music is playing to dance and explore musical concepts. Children can also use them to wrap and decorate stuffed animals or dolls and play dramatically.

Children can learn and discover so much more when they are given open ended materials to explore. It also often holds children’s attention longer, since there is no definitive end to the task. By allowing your child to explore simple household items, you are extending their learning from being at Rainbow Child Care Centers since The Creative Curriculum® is based on learning through exploration. Talk to your child about what they are feeling, seeing, and hearing as they explore. This will help expand their vocabulary and help solidify some of their discoveries. The possibilities are endless when you use things you already have at your house for your child to learn!