Curious Minds Learning Center

Curious Minds Learning Center offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Curious Minds Learning Center is a preschool for children ages 3-5.

It is held two days a week on Tuesday and Thursday, and there is a Pre-Kinder Enrichment class on Wednesdays starting fall 2021. Cori, the instructor, is a certified elementary school teacher that taught for six years in public elementary schools before deciding to teach preschool at her home in Idaho. Cori teaches children what they need to know to be a step ahead when they enter kindergarten. She uses the children's natural curiosity to learn basic principles through play.

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01/23/2024

Preschool registration is open for Fall 2024! Contact me if you are interested, or you can visit www.curiousmindslc.com for more information. I'd love it if you could pass my info along to friends in the Meridian area!

09/05/2023
08/29/2023

First day of school! We are having so much fun!! Morning class did great and there were no tears at drop-off. Amazing! It is ok if there are a few tears though. It is totally normal at this age to have a little anxiety when trying something new. Just smile and encourage! It gets easier with time! ❤️

08/08/2023

School is just around the corner, and there is something exciting in the works for our Preschool. Anyone have a guess what that might be?? 🕵🏻‍♀️

01/18/2023

Young children repeat the same thing over and over and over (like the same joke, the same observation, reading the same book, playing the same game...) because they are strengthening the connections in their brain that are learning from that repeated experience!

In addition to whatever they're learning from the experience they're repeating, they also learn valuable information about how to predict what's going to happen next, and how changing small variables affects the outcome.

Here are some examples of what a toddler or preschooler might be picking up from a repeated experience:

From your point of view, you're just reading the same book over and over and over -- but from their point of view, they spend 10 days thinking about the story of the book, then 8 days noticing small details in the illustrations of the background of the book, then 5 days thinking about the way that your voice sounds when you read dialogue versus when you're reading narration, then 10 days thinking about the emotions throughout the book, then 5 days thinking about the colors used in the pictures and how dark colors correlate with the "sad" pages and light colors correlate with the "happy" pages...

From your point of view, your preschooler just keeps telling the same knock-knock joke (that they don't even understand) over and over -- but from their point of view, they're spending time understanding the social reciprocity -- the back-and-forth -- of how a joke works, and then they're exploring who in their life does and does not know how to respond to a knock-knock joke (peers might not have been exposed to it, but adults probably have), and then they're chasing the delightful rush of telling someone something that makes them laugh and delight in you a little bit, and then they're expanding and exploring what words can be swapped in and out of a knock-knock joke to make people laugh even more...

From your point of view, your child gravitates toward running water in the sink as often as possible. From their point of view, one time they might be thinking about the feeling of the water running over their hands, and another time they might be listening to the sound of the water running, and another time they might be watching the visual of the water and how it cascades over any object it touches, and then they might be thinking about the temperature of the water, and then they might be thinking about the results of touching the water -- how now their hands are cold and wet and the cause-and-effect that went into that...and then they might start branching out in their experiments with how the water runs over spoons or cups in the sink, or how the water drips slowly or gushes depending on how they've opened the faucet...

There are a million million things to learn from repeated experiences. Especially when you are very young!

[Image description: An image showing what neuronal connections look like, represented by a large gray blob-like structure with many synapses -- which are thin grey branches going in all directions, connecting to other neurons. There are some of them lit up orange/white to indicate that a neuronal impulse (a thought, an action) is moving through that neuron at that time. The whole effect is a spiderweb of connections going every which way.
Words are written over the image. The words read, "Why do preschoolers love repetition? Each of their brain cells can have 15,000 connections (or synapses) to other brain cells. How do they strengthen those neural pathways? By using them."
The image was made by Preschool Powol Packets - Preschool Activities & Ideas. End description.]

01/12/2023

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08/30/2022

Today is the first day of school! I love meeting my new classes and getting to know them. We are going to have so much fun!

08/12/2022

I had a couple of spots open up in my afternoon class at the last minute and I'd love to fill them! If you know anyone in the Meridian area who is looking for a Preschool I have some space for them. Feel free to share this with anyone you know!

Timeline photos 06/25/2022

Reading aloud is so important!

01/19/2022

Preschool registration is open for Fall 2022! Contact me if you are interested, or you can visit www.curiousmindslc.com for more information. I'd love it if you could pass my info along to friends in the Meridian area!

08/05/2021

New tables! I searched high and low for just the right tables for our new classroom. I love to see the room coming together! I still have just a few openings left in my classes. If you know anyone who is interested, send them my way!

07/31/2021

I can’t believe it is almost August! We have been working hard around here to get the new Preschool room set up and ready to go. I’m so excited! Our latest addition… not actually IN the room, but will be lots of fun outside. We have a playhouse! Outdoor play is super important for the growth and development of young children. ❤️

03/05/2021

I am so excited about next year's classes! If you know anyone in the Meridian, ID area who is looking for a preschool, I still have some openings! I also may have people willing to carpool from Caldwell, so let me know if you are interested!

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Curious Minds Learning Center is a preschool for children ages 3-5. It is held two days a week on Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday. Cori, the instructor, is a certified elementary school teacher that taught for six years in public elementary schools before deciding to teach preschool at her home in Caldwell, ID. Cori teaches children what they need to know to be a step ahead when they enter kindergarten. She uses the children's natural curiosity to learn basic principles through play.

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756 W. Riodosa Drive
Meridian, ID
83642
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