FAIR LAWN - In the serenity of summer, there is a place where learning still occurs at the Beyond Today Early Learning Education Center.
Officially opening at the end of June, the school, which operates on the second floor of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, 10-10 Norma Ave., held its grand opening as a Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce member on July 31.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, Beyond Today Early Education Center will host a Free Paint Party. From 2-4 p.m., children from 2.5-6 years old can participate in painting on a canvas and face painting. There will be free food and a special guest event, as well.
The school's mission is "to establish and support a solid foundation through education and healthy stages of development for children between 2.5-6 years old in a safe and nurturing environment."
Tamara Clark-Gill, Ph.D., is the owner/operator of the business who has been involved in education much of her life. She stresses four facets of early education is through observing, encouraging, executing and monitoring.
"We can fulfill the four facets of early education through partnership with parents," she said. "Observing a child’s learning style is the first thing to do, it is the building block of all the others."
Learning styles vary between each child and there are mainly seven types:
Visual (spatial): prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding
Aural (auditory-musical): prefer using sound and music
Verbal (linguistic): prefer using words, both in speech and writing
Physical (kinesthetic): prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch
Logical (mathematical): prefer using logic, reasoning and systems
Social (interpersonal): prefer to learn in groups or with other people
Solitary (intrapersonal): prefer to work alone and use self-study
"Encouraging children will help them build their confidence and decision making skills " Clark-Gill said. "Give them positive feedback."
Third facet of early education, executing focuses on helping and guiding a child through learning. Also, executing focuses on the process of teaching them good social skills.
"The final facet of early education is monitoring," she said. There is a constant process of watching the child's development and steering them properly."
Clark-Gill taught higher education for 16 years at various colleges, such as Bloomfield College, Keller University, Berkeley College and University of Phoenix to name a few. The last job was serving as a College Campus Chair at the University of Phoenix- Fairfield County Campus in Norwalk, CT.
Her years in Education taught her that learning how to study at an early age is important.
The goals of the Center are focused on providing children an early start for learning. Parents can expect the following outcomes:
Understand and master content through practical application
Transition to Kindergarten
Identify various learning styles
Provide a core foundation through healthy development, support and structure in a nurturing and safe environment
The school is open all year round. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday. The school offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enrichment classes 2-5 p.m. Saturdays.
It is licensed by the State of New Jersey and full and partial week of care is available.
Qualified educators ranging with degrees from BA/BS through Ph.D., along with years of professional work experience .
There is an indoor gym/ outdoor playground and staff is CPR and first aid certified.
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