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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Planting Relationships

As parents, it’s sometimes hard to step back and let our children get messy or to be involved in things that are hobbies for adults. But the truth is, children learn about their world from experiencing their world! Taking your child outside to garden with you benefits not only them, but you too! Think about it, they are learning, keeping busy and you have someone to pull those pesky weeds! Creating a garden with you child will also give time to bond and form a deep relationship.

Children learn many things from helping in the garden;

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
  • Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
  • Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
  • Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
  • Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
  • Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.

If you decide to let your child help you out in the garden remember to keep it simple and safe. Give children their own tools that are lightweight and easy to handle, stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and keep fertilizers and other chemical sprays out of reach.  Include children in the overall plan of the garden, or give them their own space!

Whether it is plants or vegetables in your garden; there are many things your child can do! They can help water, dig holes, plant seeds, weed, and help pick what is ready. If you decide to have a vegetable garden with your children, they pick can the vegetables that are ready and you can invite them to the kitchen with you to help find a recipe and cook with your fresh vegetables.

 Academic Achievement in the United States

Resources:

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/gardening-for-children

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/5834/what-your-kids-can-learn-from-the-garden

http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/childrens-gardening-educational-benefits.html