While centers around the country celebrated last week’s launch of the new Early Foundations® curriculum, the marketing, education, human resources, and center operations teams collaborated to bring some of those activities to life for employees at the National Support Center.
Each day last week employees arrived to find a new item, promoting an activity tied to curriculum, on their desks.
Monday employees got crayons and an activity page. Posters throughout the NSC reinforced how activities like drawing help children learn and develop. When children experiment with writing and drawing tools they build small-muscle skills and develop hand-eye coordination in addition to learning to express themselves.
A passport delivered on Tuesday outlined the five learning stations scattered throughout the building and asked a series of questions about how typical childhood activities, such as climbing on furniture, contribute to learning.
Wednesday turned into something of an impromptu art day when employees discovered jars of play dough on their desks. Squishing and molding play dough encourages children (and adults) to use their imagination. Some teams created miniature art galleries, though by press time it was unclear if any masterpieces were actually purchased.
On Thursday employees had the opportunity to step away from their computers and engage their creative brains in five activities in conference rooms around the office. Each age-group specific activity came directly from the new curriculum. NSC staff on hand explained each of the learning goals from the activities and encouraged employees to see the project through the eyes of a child.
“I loved how NSC employees from every department immersed themselves in the hands-on activities that were set up on each floor,” said Cheryl Flanders, senior content developer in the education department. “For a few hours, everyone had an opportunity to experience what young children do, feel, and think about each day in our centers.”
Charles Brixley from accounts payable won the “learn at a center” raffle, and will now visit a center with education team leaders to see the new curriculum in action.
“I never realized that so many simple things stimulate your brain,” he said.
“Everyone seemed to have a really good time doing the activities,” said Meg Bettinger, senior director of customer relationship management. “Bringing our employees closer to what happens in our centers was the goal and this week helped achieve that.”
Check out more pictures from the event here.