Over the past year I have been attending the Simplicity Learning parent-tot groups with my now 4 year old son and 9 month old baby. I came to Simplicity Learning looking for a place to connect with other parents and also get some advice on dealing with the difficult toddler years. My experience at Simplicity Learning has definitely exceeded my expectations, and I would even say that it has been life-changing. The weekly parent-tot groups are a calming reprieve from the busyness of daily life with kids. The teachers and volunteers not only share their wisdom and expertise about parenting, but they demonstrate it each week with the children so you can see good parenting in action. Before coming to Simplicity Learning, good parenting was a mystery to me. I had read about it in books, but I didn't think it was possible in practice. Our family life has been changed for the better as a result of our time at Simplicity. I now know how to be matter-of-fact and firm in setting limits with my son while still being kind and happy. I have learned that it is ok to for my son to have a tantrum, and I can be there by his side as he goes through various feelings. Simplicity Learning has been a wonderful place to learn and also a place to feel a sense of community and extended family. Each time we go feels as warm and inviting as a visit to grandma's house, and my kids feel as comfortable and loved there as they would at grandma's house too. I cannot recommend Simplicity Learning enough for young parents.
My experience with simplicity learning has been very rewarding. I have attending parent tot classes several times, along with one on one parent coaching. I find the modeling from the instructors very professional and helpful. There is no judgement or dogma here, the intention is to create harmonious relationships between parents and children. Parents and children are accepted at their level of understanding or awareness. Through activities and direct conversations, parents are lovingly suggested to take a closer look at their parenting style as it pertains to the child's needs. The methods and compassion show at Simplicity is unmatched. I would suggest this organization to anyone looking for meaningful and considerate parenting support.
I began as a client of Simplicity Learning/Educational Services, and now spend time in both roles of client and volunteer. The support provided to me as a client was unlike any other support I received as a parent. I felt so connected and mentored and held in my role as mother. In my time as a volunteer, it has been the best volunteer gig I've ever had. The Director of the non-profit allows me to work at my pace, with my gifts, and is always supportive and grateful. Simplicity Learning is one of my favorite places to be and to support.
Simplicity Educational Services came to our school to lead a customized training for our staff on "Deconstructing Discipline". I really liked that the training included resources for communicating and collaborating with the parents, as well as for the children. Many fresh ideas were shared with us on how to better reach our students where they are at and how to help them grow in an area where we as teachers might be struggling to connect with them. Our instructor shared tools that would help us as teachers not to get overwhelmed and to keep our stress levels down. Our instructor communicated clearly and took time to answer all of our questions. I am looking forward to implementing what I have learned from this training. It is nice to know that there is such a valuable resource available to teachers!
I am so glad that Simplicity Learning exists and provides a place for parents and teachers to get great information and feel supported. Volunteering with SES is a great experience. Everyone working here is committed to helping people who care for children make good decisions and I really feel the work I'm doing is making a difference.
I've been a board member since inception. The greatest thing about it is that we have good governance systems in place and our executive director makes our work straightforward by being very thorough, well-organized, transparent, forthcoming and honest with the board. Although I am not on site when client activities are going on, I am fully confident, based on my board experience, that clients are well served!
I have been involved with Simplicity Learning since its inception and find my volunteer work very satisfying. Clients are so grateful to have a place to share their experiences with children, ask questions, and get answers about parenting, teaching, and generally bringing up the next generation of humans. It's great to be a part of helping our community in this way and I always learn something new at the parent evenings, STARS trainings, and parent-tot playgroups when I volunteer.