Licensed day-care center available at Wulf Rec Center

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Child-care director brings experience, Montessori approach

By Stephanie DeCamp

Molly Boyles has two great loves: teaching children and living in Colorado. And now that she’s working in Evergreen, she couldn’t be happier.

Boyles is the new child-care director at the Wulf Rec Center’s learning center, which is now offering state-licensed child care for kids who are potty trained up to 6 years old. Boyles employs the experience-centric Montessori teaching method and did so for 23 years before coming to Evergreen.

Before coming to Wulf Rec Center, Boyles was a teacher, preschool team leader and director of an enrichment center at a child-care center in Colorado Springs with more than 100 students.

“What I love about Montessori is that there’s a lot of order,” Boyles said. “Everything has a purpose and something to teach the child. They get out of it what they want to; it’s all done on their own to help them learn something from it. You are there helping and scaffolding their learning, so if they don't get it, you can step in.”

Boyles has a “Classroom Constitution” that tells the kids their rights. For example, a child has the right to keep belongings safe in his cubby. The kids have the right to feel safe, and if they don’t, they have the right to say something about it. One student of Boyles even made up his own right: to be nice to one another.

“He's very proud of that,” Boyles said, “and that’s a tough kid. Some of them are 2 feet taller than the rest, so you have to get them to take care of the smaller ones instead of taking advantage of them. They learn to take care of each other, and teach each other.”

Boyles said that “preparing the environment” at the start of the day and cleaning it at the end are very important, and she teaches the children how to value order and respect their environment.

“(The lessons) internalize much more if the kids learn it themselves — if they can hold it and see it and make it, like teaching a person how to fish. … I also bring in a lot of games for letter and number recognition and math and reading efficiency.”

The full- and half-day child-care program at Wulf Rec Center, at 5300 S. Olive Road, is offered Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $44 for a whole day and $22 for a half-day. Buchanan Rec Center still has only drop-off care.

For more information or to enroll a child, call 720-880-1000.

Contact Stephanie DeCamp at Stephanie@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1043. Check CanyonCourier.com for updates and breaking news.