Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center
57 Lyme Street • Old Lyme CT 06371 • (860) 434-1728
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At OLCLC we have embraced the philosophy of using the natural world as an extension of our other educational programs. Our outdoor play area also functions as a natural classroom and our Edible Garden is a jumping off point for our Earthy Kids Initiative, which is designed to promote health and wellness in our children by encouraging healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation: “Research shows that today’s children would benefit greatly from spending more time outdoors and making deeper connections to the natural world. Getting children outside, however, is just the first step. While children learn a great deal exploring their natural surroundings, deeper learning involves interpreting what they see, touch and smell, as well as synthesizing this information to construct meaning. Supportive adults can help children develop well-functioning observation skills, visual memory, and the ability to learn math, science, and literacy concepts from their interactions with nature.”
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