Parent-Child Education Series: “Acorns & Oaks”
Playgroup LA Comes to the Arboretum- Introducing “Acorns & Oaks!”
Be among the first seeds to sprout in this exciting new early childhood series!
Six Thursdays: February 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19
Non-Members: $150 per child, $50 per additional sibling
Members: $140 per child; $45 per additional sibling
*Limit to two adults max
*For children 5 years old and younger
Playgroup Los Angeles is a unique, homegrown, parent-child educational program offered throughout the city that is rooted in whole-child philosophy & developmental play. In February, you can experience this wonderful program in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Arboretum with our “Acorns & Oaks” series!
Designed for babies, toddlers, and young children 5 and under, the foremost goal of this program is to provide little ones with a place to practice and further develop all growing abilities while fostering positive relationships with their caregivers and peers in a natural setting. Playgroups are mixed-age for a “family learning” style, and siblings are warmly encouraged. All domains of development, particularly gross/fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills are nourished through intentional teaching and hands-on learning. A simple curriculum, group singing, & nurturing tactile play offer the perfect growth experience. Playgroups offer direct contact with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration.
“Acorns & Oaks” classes are taught by Betsy Edelberg (founder of Playgroup LA) who has taught hundreds of parents and children over 12 years! Betsy holds a degree in Child Development. She has certifications in Children’s Yoga, Brain Gym, and training in Waldorf Early Child Education.
THE VALUE OF OUTDOOR PARENT-CHILD LEARNING:
Why does nature-based learning matter? Nature-based learning provides children with boundless opportunities for mindfulness and self-centering. By organically inspiring children to stop, listen, and look around, immersion in nature fine-tunes children’s observation and self-soothing skills, allowing them to check in with the world around them. In addition to fostering stewardship for the environment and respect for other living creatures, strengthening immune systems, cultivating executive function and socialization skills, and setting up patterns for an active lifestyle, research shows us that outdoor learning supports a broad spectrum of healthy child development. According to a study by the American Institutes of Research, outdoor classrooms and other nature-based learning experiences significantly boost academic performance. They found that students in outdoor science programs improved their testing scores by 27 percent! Whereas the traditional classroom can be concurrently overstimulating and limiting, learning with, in, and through nature offers children the opportunity to engage all of their senses in vibrant ways, touching and experimenting with things in a way that the pages of a textbook in a classroom could never do. Additionally, as children are naturally inclined to play when outdoors, nature-based learning supports play-based-learning, a powerful tool in emotionally imprinting learning on the human psyche (for children and adults alike!). “Acorns & Oaks” provides children with the opportunity to reap all of these benefits while simultaneously bonding with you through joyful joint activities. (And don’t forget that strong immune systems, playtime, socialization and physical activity are just as good for adults too!)