Educator Nurtures Parent-Child Relationships
McMahon, Jeanette, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jeanette McMahon Daily Herald Correspondent
To most people, the three R's stand for reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic. To Maureen Collins, they stand for reverence, respect and recognition.
"True education cannot be accomplished if we ignore our humanity," said Collins, 48, of West Chicago.
"I believe every child has gifts of humanity - traits like courage, kindness, loyalty and love."
Collins is the director of the Parent and Child Nurturing Center, a nondenominational co-op school held at Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora.
She said that while the children finger-paint and use Play-Doh, the focus at the center is somewhat different than at most other pre-schools.
"So many experiences can be offered to children, but I feel the most important is nurturing the parent and child relationship," Collins said.
At the Parent and Child Nurturing Center, parents stay and interact with their child. Siblings also are always welcome.
Pre-schoolers range from infants to 6-year-olds. An afternoon enrichment class is offered to children ages 5 to 9, and parenting classes also are available.
A typical day in the pre-kindergarten class gives children 4 to 6 art projects to choose from. A gym offers space for riding bikes and bouncing balls, and a library is set up for quiet play.
One room houses water toys, another offers hands-on learning like hammering and sewing and another is set up for imaginary play. …