Hello! I am Monica Marcomb and I am so excited and honored to be the new director and lead teacher for Prairie Flower Children’s Center. I love to be in nature and began noticing over my career in childcare that children are offered less and less time outdoors and fewer opportunities to pursue their own unique interests. Prairie Flower takes the opposite approach, and I was especially drawn to its nature-based, child-led philosophy.
I am beyond excited to be part of an organization that is so invested in the future of our children and preserving what makes childhood magical. I hold an associate degree in early childhood education and have been working in the early-childhood field for about 16 years. My favorite activities in the learning environment include sensory play, art and building with loose parts. I love these activities because they give children a chance to explore without a goal in mind and express who they are in an authentic way.
My husband, Aaron, and I live in Ames with our sons Rhoads and Silas and our two beagles, Luna and Maisey. In May 2023, we are excited to be welcoming a third son to our family. Together, we enjoy taking walks through the nearby woods and nature preserves, gardening, riding our bikes around town, frequenting the Ames Main Street Farmers' Market and spending time outside in our backyard.
Our favorite nature-based celebration so far has been International Mud Day. During this celebration, we enjoy creating and sliding down mud slides, making mud cakes, painting with mud and cooling off in a pool of muddy water. During the harvest season, you can find us in our front-yard fruit garden enjoying all the fresh fruits. We grow apples, peaches, cherries, mulberries, strawberries, blueberries, honeyberries, raspberries, blackberries and hardy kiwi. It has been so fun to show my children how their food grows and to make connections in our neighborhood by sharing the produce when we have extras.
I have felt so welcomed by the Prairie Flower community and I am truly excited for the wonderful things to come in the future! I hope to see many of you in the fall as we prepare to resume care in our new location and celebrate childhood and the world through festivals and celebrations.