At Barefoot Kids our mission is simple. We create a space for children to immerse themselves in imagination, unlocking the awesome power of learning through play.
A place where electronics are not invited, and magic will come alive.
We believe in childhood.
Our classes are small by design, surrounding kids with a warm hometown atmosphere. This special environment helps children slow down, make new friends, develop their inner voice, and invent space that is truly their own. Let's return our kids to a simpler time when childhood reigned supreme.
imagination is freedom
Let them play!
We all know by now that play is extraordinarily important for healthy development in children of ALL ages. Unfortunately, adult directed learning and designed activities are often passed of as childrens playtime. Although well intentioned, this belief system has come at a grave cost. Deterioration of flexibility and fluidity of thought, problem solving, negotiation and navigation have all shortchanged children of the very experiences they need to develop intellectual abilities, often in the name of academic or physical excellence. Children will only be children for sure a short time, and its important they get the balance of everything they need!
Why the messy play?
Developing senses through sensory activities are a main block of Barefoot Kids. Children interpret and express almost exclusively through the physical body. Children can just go and go and go! Encouraging kids to not worry so much about getting messy, they can let the stress go about "getting in trouble", experience the day while nurturing healthy absorption. Cleaning up (and off!) becomes part of the fun, allowing them to feel they are getting something really special too!
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. -Fred Rogers
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