What We're All About

Wonder Preschool is like no other early learning experience in Boulder County. Wonder is a home-based preschool (family child care home) with up to 4 total students and 2 caregivers.

         We have created a specialized program for one cohort of students born between August 2019 and August 2020. Our goal is to teach the same group of students until they reach Kindergarten at Superior Elementary School (SES) around 2025. This allows us to focus our time, energy, and resources into creating just one age-appropriate lesson plan, meal plan, toy rotation, and activities every week. This way our program can evolve and grow with the children as they grow and we can teach the same group of kids for an extended period of time.

        At Wonder, we blend the very best of two early childhood teaching philosophies: Reggio-Emilia and Montessori. We foster the child as a scientist; always experimenting, always exploring, always wondering.   We strive to unlock curiosity and a lifetime love for learning.  We believe that all children are unique, capable, and wonderful.  Since the time they were born, they have an amazing capacity to discover and learn.  We believe that we, as teachers, are here to show them how wonderful and unique they are, and to serve as guides in their process of discovering themselves and the world around them.  

          We are a play-based school which means we integrate several different learning areas into our play. These learning areas include: Science and Nature Exploration, Music and Movement, Baby Sign Language, Storytelling, and Nutrition and Exercise.  Science and math are incorporated into all of our lessons via counting, measuring, comparing, sorting, and through structured scientific experiments.  We have a child-led curriculum, letting the children take the lead on what interests them and creating "provocations" to help them discover and learn more. Students are continually encouraged to find solutions to problems in the books we read as well as in daily life. The core of our curriculum focuses on social-emotional development and we really value teaching kindness and helping children self-regulate through emotion coaching.

          We establish home-like routines and incorporate cooking, arts, crafts, free play, outside time, and quiet time in order to create a smooth transition from home to school.   At Wonder Preschool, our mission is to provide quality learning experiences and care of the absolute highest standard.  Our environment promotes independent thinking and a positive self-image in all of our students.  We believe that children develop at their own pace and teachers are intended to scaffold, or assist, them in reaching their highest potential.

PHILOSOPHIES

Reggio-Emilia:

  • ​Viewing children as capable & competent beings

  • Collaboration with parents

  • Documentation

    • to reflect on experiences

    • to show children’s work is valued

  • Provocation* lessons based on children’s natural curiosities

    • *deliberate and thoughtful decisions made by the teacher to extend the ideas of the child

Montessori:

  • A thoughtfully prepared environment​

    • Natural, aesthetic materials such as wood, rather than plastic

  • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options

  • Freedom of movement within the classroom

VALUES

  1. Safety

  2. One-to-One Connection

  3. Equality

  4. Kindness & Empathy

  5. Mutual Respect

  6. Open & Honest Communication

Healthy Lifestyle Promotion

     Wonder Preschool is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle by staying active, eating nutritious meals, and practicing mindfulness.  We are setting up a garden to grow our own fruit and veggies.  Older children help prepare healthy meals and snacks.  We buy as much organic produce as we can and serve little sugar.  We do weekly yoga lessons, introduction to various sports, and nature walks/hikes.  We have a huge backyard to allow for plenty of gross motor movement each day.

WHY WONDER IS UNIQUE

  • (Actually) Small Ratios

    • 1:1 individualized lessons

    • 1:3 max

  • Positive male and female role models

  • Emphasis on social and emotional development

    • Teaching kindness​

  • Kids get to nurture & care for baby foster animals (puppies, kittens, bunnies)

  • Family-centered, home environment

    • Parental involvement​

  • Baby Yoga 

  • Baby Sign Language

  • Weekly adventures

    • We have memberships to the Denver Zoo and the Children's Museum in Denver and visit often!

    • We also love: Purple Park, My Nature Lab, ABC Kids ClimbingThe Bounce HouseButterfly Pavilion, Denver Aquarium, WOW museum, Kids Dig, etc...

Unlocking Curiosity

Question. Reason. Experiment. Wonder. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at Wonder Preschool.  All activities are designed to adequately nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of our kids. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds.