I was scrolling through facebook one day and noticed one of the people I’m friends with was tagged in a post about this 1-2-3 Grown and Learn program, so of course it peaked my interest and I began looking it up.
They have this class for birth-5 years everyday through the school year, but each day it’s at 2 different schools in the Vancouver School District. One being at 9 am, and the other at 1 or 2pm depending on school. But, both go for 1.5 hours.
And no, unfortunately you don’t get to dump and run for an hour and a half break. You stay there with your child to interact and promote learning and play time with other kids.
I knew this would be fun for Arya since she’s stuck with me everyday with little to no interaction with other kids besides her cousins occasionally. And let’s just say, a couple of them are not what I want her learning from. They can be holy terrors!
I invited my youngest sister along since she has a daughter who is 6 months younger than Arya.
We went over to the elementary school closest to me at 9am, which happens to be where I went from 3rd-5th grade. Only it’s been remodeled and moved to the other side of the street.
In the program, they read a couple quick books that were interactive, and sang a couple songs we didn’t know. Kids also got up and did show and tell with toys they brought. And of course Arya got right up there and wanted to grab their toys. She was such a character and the only child up running around. She’ll learn eventually though.
After that, the teachers got out buckets of beans and let the kids play in them with scoopers, etc.
I knew Arya would love that since she enjoyed her time playing in the sand at the beach, which I feel is pretty similar, only less invasive. Lol
When they were putting those up, Arya didn’t want to stop of course since she was having too much fun.
Then, we washed the girls up and they gave all the kids some goldfish cracker snacks. Wmma loved it so much, she was going around trying to take everyones crackers.
Arya just wanted to play with everyone and kind of be the center of attention. She’s just like her dad in so many ways. I see it as a good thing though, because she’ll pull the shyness out of me and won’t allow me to be reserved.
She was such a character and had me cracking up though.
I’ll have to take her to more classes. One of the teachers said Harney Elementary had more toddlers in their group, so maybe I’ll head there next!
Do you have any programs like this in your area, and have you seen any benefits from it?
The 1-2-3 Grown and Learn program sounds fantastic. I will have to share this with my friends with little ones. I would have loved a program like this when my kids were little.
Sounds like a great program, This is so interesting. Glad you share this
This sounds like a great program. I know that as a mom, I tend to get busy with day to day life that I forget to sit and play with my babies. I wish there was a program like this available in the US.
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I don’t have something like this in my area, but I can see how beneficial it is for those that do! What a good way to encourage learning with little ones.
I’m not sure if we have this kind of program in our area, but I will have to check. Sounds really great!
The 1-2-3 Grow and Learn program sounds like a great program. I like that it requires a parent to participate in the program as well.
These sound like great programs for little ones. I love that the parent has to be there too which can build friendships with other parents. We have what they call daycare programs where the kids only go for the whole day or half days if parents are not working. It is more a preschool daycare. They take the kids from 3 up. Both of my boys went. The parents are welcome to stay if they want. Thanks for sharing your experience.
We always found programs like this at the rec center. It’s so nice they have them at the schools.
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This sounds like a wonderful program. I believe that we do have some programs like this around my area as well. They’re such great programs for kids too.
Wow, this is awesome! Very suitable for kids and very helpful for parents.
That program sounds fantastic! i wish we had something like it near us!
Looks interesting. We have three toddlers plus a fourth we watch so we kind of have this going on all the time.
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sounds like a great program..i don’t think we have any programs like this in my area.
sounds like a great program, this 1-2-3 grow and learn. I’ve never heard of it, so thanks for informing me : )
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