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O Lord our God, the majesty and glory of your name fills all the earth and overflows the heavens. You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies!When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have made— I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him! -Psalm 8:1-4

Nothing is so serene as taking in nature.  Water particularly has a calming and soothing effect on mankind.  Could it be because we were formed in water in the womb?  Maybe and maybe not.  The reality is that there are many beautiful things to behold in nature.  On land and in the sea, there are many wonders to behold.  The view of a mother bird feeding her babies.  The sight of whales leaping out of the water.  Envision for a minute a group of elephants traveling together with the baby elephants in the midst trying to keep up with the huge steps of their parents.  And picture ants working hard all summer so that they may have food to eat in the winter.  It’s all amazing!

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I love to travel and on this particular trip we were cruising through Alaska.  As I sat still on the balcony beholding the gushing stream of water I remembered what Jesus said in John 7:37-39.

37 On the last day, the climax of the holidays, Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.38 For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me.” 39 (He was speaking of the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him; but the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet returned to his glory in heaven.)  

And so it is!  Thanks be to God for the precious Holy Spirit who fills our lives and causes us to be refreshed and satisfied from the inside.  What a joy to be able to remain calm and content in the midst of all circumstances.  How convenient to have an abundance of satisfaction and contentment not tied to anything material but just in the mere gratitude of being alive and well.  Life is best when kept simple.  Overcrowding of the mind will distract us from the view of  life that God wants to give to us.  Let’s make a quality decision to “be still and know that I am God!”  I pray that in your still places this week you uncover the beauty of God’s creation which includes YOU!

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Programs >>Just for Threes

Developmentally appropriate activities are scheduled with flexibility that allows teachers to respond to the needs of each individual child.  Our Terrific Threes use the InvestiGator Club’s Just for threes Learning System.  Just for Threes helps children develop important readiness skills by nurturing each child’s individual needs and encourages cognitive, physical, and emotional growth through exploration and play.  The Just for Threes program has planned learning experiences that include a mix of whole group, small group and individual interactions with teachers.  Our program has a balance between child initiated, free choice learning, and intentional, teacher directed instruction.   

Programs >>Just for Threes

Developmentally appropriate activities are scheduled with flexibility that allows teachers to respond to the needs of each individual child.  Our Terrific Threes use the InvestiGator Club’s Just for threes Learning System.  Just for Threes helps children develop important readiness skills by nurturing each child’s individual needs and encourages cognitive, physical, and emotional growth through exploration and play.  The Just for Threes program has planned learning experiences that include a mix of whole group, small group and individual interactions with teachers.  Our program has a balance between child initiated, free choice learning, and intentional, teacher directed instruction.   

Programs >>Infants & Toddlers

As they engage in routines day after day, they collect, organize, and reorganize information about themselves, other people, and things. This understanding helps them make sense of the world.  We promote learning by offering a variety of experiences to the children in our care.  Our infants and toddlers are given the opportunity to play throughout the day.   During daily routines and experiences children have individual plans that help support their development.  Play offers them opportunities to make choices, solve problems, interact with one another, interact with their teacher, pursue interests, experience learning as fun and exciting, and experience themselves as capable, competent, successful learners.  Play also gives children the opportunity to build language and literacy skills, discover mathematical relationships and help them be young scientists.   

Programs >>Family Engagement

We have a health and wellness policy that allows parents to learn about having healthy families.  Our lending library gives parents the opportunity to borrow materials that are relevant to building strong families.  We host Ready at Five Learning Parties which are built on the idea that learning can be fun.  Learning parties are interactive, hands on, parent/child "parties" that promote and enhance the school readiness skills of young children.  Learning parties promote positive parenting and enhance a parent's ability to be a young child's first teacher.  Kindred also offers Maryland Family network’s parent Cafés.  Parents cafés are created to help build strong families.  Families are welcomed to assist with field trips and special events that are given by Kindred Learning Center.   

Programs >>Pre-K & Kindergarten

This program is a fully integrated curriculum with a strong focus on literacy, math, and science.  We begin our day with daily routines that are created for each investigation.  During opening Circle time, we sing songs and rhymes that make it easy for children to learn critical skills and concepts in fun-child centered activities.  Our everyday literacy focuses on activities that are critical for young children’s future reading success such as oral language development, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and alphabet knowledge.  We regularly address other important skills and concepts such as written expression, print awareness and motivation to read.  At the end of each day children engage in conversations with their classmates, do a shared reading and writing activity and learn different songs and rhymes.

Our Kindergarten program corresponds to the pre-k curriculum providing higher level activities and approaches that engage and challenge five- year olds.  The Kindergarten program is aligned with state and national kindergarten standards.