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13500 bel-red road, suite 7a
bellevue, wa 98005
USA

(425)748-4497

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Our Unique Learning Environment

Our Unique Learning Environment

Each and every inch of our expansive facility has been thoughtfully & carefully designed to grow your child's intellectual, social and emotional development.  

We've outfitted the space with toys and equipment that will challenge and support children as they transition between each developmental stage.  Our space addresses all types of learners and all aspects of free play.  We have gathered an impressive group of educators to create innovative and forward-thinking programming.  And we provide parent support and education so your children can get the maximum benefit from their time in the space. 

Our small class sizes and low teacher : student ratios make for an ideal learning environment.  We weave everything we do within a community wide theme, and bounce all against our North Stars.  We take a mindful, inclusive, and community-based approach to our programming - both child-centered and adult-led.    

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Benefits of Child-Led Unstructured Play

Balance.  That's what we are striving for here.  While we've got a wide array of programming that is more structured and adult-led, we have a beautiful (and mindfully) curated playspace that invites all sorts of unscripted mayhem and joy.  You see, children learn through play.  Play without an agenda, gleefully spontaneous, and woefully under valued.

When it comes to brain development, child-led unstructured play is essential.  Their rules.  Their ways.  Their world.  Research indicates that the experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of the brain.  It's those changes in the prefrontal cortex during childhood that help wire up the brain's executive control center, which has a critical role in regulating emotions, impulse control, making plans, and solving problems.  So this type of play prepares a young brain, heck, any person, for love, life, and yes...schoolwork.  

Whether it's rough-and-tumble play or a few children deciding to build a submarine together, providing the opportunity for the children themselves to negotiate, compromise, decide, and execute the rules of a game or project are key to the brain building new circuits in the prefrontal cortex to help it navigate these complex social interactions.