About Scribbles Preschool Programs
Scribbles is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian school licensed by the State of New Jersey. Currently serving students from an average of 12 different towns in the Mountain Lakes, NJ area, Scribbles has educated and nurtured young minds for over 25 years. Originally co founded by Mimi Lyons and Karen Schwinger as a home-based program in 1984, Scribbles incorporated and established itself in the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, NJ in 1985. The school quickly grew, and, today, is a fixture in the community. Current co directors, Deborah Kasel and Denise Laden have been a part of the Scribbles family since 1998. Deborah’s Masters in Early Childhood Education and Denise’s background in business provide the foundation needed to lead a flourishing educational environment now and into the future.
At Scribbles we believe that our little ones are destined to do great things. They will be engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and community leaders. But for now, they are little bundles of curiosity and wonder, learning from anything and everything they experience; and we find no greater joy than seeing the world through their eyes. In our classrooms, we approach learning from a child’s point of view, utilizing situations, examples, objects and ideas from their frame of reference. We also have a multi-dimensional approach to teaching, which means that every child is reached no matter what his or her learning style may be. As you’ll see when you visit our CURRICULUM PAGE, while our students are busy having fun with friends, singing, playing, creating and exercising—thanks to the creativity of our teachers, they are simultaneously achieving essential developmental milestones in the areas of Speech & Language, Math & Measurement, Movement & Motor Skills, Science & Discovery, Artistic Expression, and Social & Emotional development.
There are educational opportunities in all places and all things; and with the guidance of creative educators, learning is a real blast! Let’s take, for example, the apple. How might we study and learn about an apple at Scribbles?
- · We read a story about an apple.
- · We sing songs about apples.
- · We eat apple slices for snack!
- · We study cause and effect and cook our apples to see what happens.
- · We slice an apple in half and count the seeds together.
- · We take those apple halves and create stamps for painting!
- · We talk about where apples grow and what happens when they fall.
- · We chart what kind of apples children like.
- · We sort apples by color and size.
- · We talk about what shape an apple is.
- · Then we see if we can make it roll!
- · We cut the apple and leave it out to observe what happens.
- · We check to see if the apple sinks or floats.
- · We learn how to divide apples and share them.
In all these ways, we take something as simple as an apple and use it as a tool to help your child explore the world around them while also developing essential skills like critical and creative thinking, understanding scientific principles, mathematics, problem-solving, socialization, artistic expression and more, which will prepare them for school and for life.
The Preschool Brain
A Little Science Behind Our Philosophy
The preschooler’s brain is fundamentally different than those of his older siblings and parents. From age two to about six, children simply do not learn in the same ways that school-age children and adults do. It is for this reason that Scribbles teaches from within the preschooler’s world, instructing and presenting material in ways that are scientifically proven to reach them most affectively.
Did you know that a preschooler’s brain is twice as active as an adult one? It’s true. A young child’s brain is at its metabolic peak from age three to about ten. The nervous system is also not fully “hardwired” just yet, which is why scientists believe that young children are able to see the world so differently than we do. According to educator and psychologist, THOMAS ARMSTRONG, the high activity of the young child’s brain suggests that the child should be exposed to dynamic, creative, and multisensory experiences. Children’s play, he says, represents the single best way in which those developmental requirements can be met. And we agree!
Play is a dynamic, ever-changing process that is multisensory, interactive, creative and imaginative. When children play, they have their whole brains stimulated. This process of play may be the single most important thing that humans do. Some scientists have suggested that it was by playing that human beings developed their frontal lobes. Visit our school for a tour to learn more about the Scribbles philosophy and how our curriculum works.