Young Preschoolers – 2 Year olds
Two-year-olds examine all that they see as they attempt to make sense of their world. In our preschool classrooms, Wunderkind teachers interact, observe and discover what the early preschooler’s interests are and encourage further discoveries by planning activities and investigations that expand your child’s learning.
Early preschoolers are also learning how to manage their strong impulses and emotions in ways that will help them successfully negotiate their world. Two-year-olds are developing their independence and many opportunities are provided for them to do this. Wunderkind teachers work with our families to introduce, encourage and practice new social skills including sharing, negotiation, self-assertion, managing frustrations, recognizing the need for moments of quiet time, and empathy.
Older Preschoolers – Ages 3+
Wunderkind offers a range of activities to stimulate a preschooler’s love of learning. Children are involved in music, art, scientific observation and experimentation, pre-literacy, reading and writing, Spanish, pretend play, yoga, and physical play. All of these activities help them explore new things about themselves, one another and their environment. We also focus on nutrition, teaching children where food comes from and the basic knowledge of food groups, vitamins and minerals and support this with our healthy, tasty food.
Areas of Development
At Wunderkind, our preschool program offers foundational skills in a progressive, fun environment. The preschool program focuses on structure and developing autonomy, with an emphasis on cognitive learning; including number and letter recognition introduced through puzzles, games and our pre-literacy reading and writing program.
Helping preschoolers develop greater independence and problem-solving skills. Our preschool program provides a foundation for developing greater independence, problem-solving, integrating new concepts into their world view and incorporates elements to promote sharing and mutual respect. Teachers help children to understand routines, which simultaneously allows them to feel competent and confident in their current preschool classrooms and prepares them for kindergarten.
Pre-Literacy and Early Reading
This reading and writing program excites children about the alphabet, while significantly improving their phonological awareness. The program is designed on the principles of multi-sensory learning and consists of four main styles of learning: Visual (looking at the letter), auditory (listening to the letter sound), kinesthetic (skywriting the letter), and tactile (printing the letter on a sensory tray like sandpaper). The program is based on thorough early educational research on phonics instruction and phonological awareness skills.
Fine Arts for Small Hands
This art program introduces young learners to the world’s great artists. Children to go beyond basic arts and crafts and become immersed in the world of art, learning techniques that are very approachable for immerging artists. The program fosters independence, imagination and creative confidence through manipulation and experimentation of a variety of materials and media. Each class focuses on a famous visionary artist, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Henri Mattise and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Healthy, Yummy Food
All of our students have breakfast, lunch and snacks cook daily. The menus are created by a nutritionist and approved by kids. Meals are served family-style, with students and teachers sitting and eating at the table together. Children serve themselves in order to empower them to make their own food choices, model their food choices after others at the table (encouraging them to try new foods) and create pride and ownership of the food they are eating.