Welcome to the Culver City Preschool blog! I started this blog because I get asked a lot of questions about early childhood education, specifically how best to support, understand and harness the incredible curiosity of little minds. Even though I always take the time to answer our parents’ questions at the preschool, I thought it might be useful to create a separate space where we can explore and discuss some of the most timely issues in education and child development. I plan to continue adding plenty of great links and info to this section over time.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Butterfly Garden, here’s a quick introduction. We are an eclectic, home-based preschool just outside Culver City that emphasizes healthy, creative, child-directed learning for children ages 2½ -5. Our passion is helping children grow in every important way: learning to share, to collaborate, to manage and understand their feelings, and to appreciate the lifelong thrill that comes with acquiring new skills and knowledge. We believe children thrive when they are allowed to discover new challenges at their own pace, supported by outstanding teachers and the built-in companionship of working side by side with kids of different ages. Butterfly Garden is a small and loving school that feels like a family.
On to me: I am the proprietor and owner. I have a Master’s Degree in special education and a teaching credential here in California, as well as more than 15 years of experience in education. I’ve been an elementary school teacher and an educational therapist for middle and high school kids, and have attended numerous conferences and workshops, including a wonderful week at Project Zero. I am a member of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the California Association for Family Child Care (CAFCC).
So now that we have all those intros out of the way, let’s get to it! This blog is designed as a forum where anyone can join a great conversation about the best approaches and the most fascinating stories in the field of childhood education. I look forward to your feedback, and can’t wait to begin sharing some of the ideas I have lived and learned as an educator. Please check back often, and welcome aboard!