Wonder Preschool is like no other early learning experience in Boulder County. Wonder is a home-based child care service with only up to 3 students and 2 caregivers.

         At Wonder, we blend three early childhood teaching philosophies: Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf.  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 integrate several different learning areas including: Science and Nature Exploration, Music and Movement, Sign Language, Storytelling, and Nutrition and Exercise.  Our Pre-K Program focuses on literacy and language development, by learning to recognize letters, letter sounds, and fostering a love of books and storytelling.  Science and math are incorporated into all of our lessons via counting, measuring, comparing, sorting, and through structured scientific experiments.  Students are continually encouraged to find solutions to problems in the books we read as well as daily life. 

          We establish home-like routines and incorporate cooking, art, free play, outside time, and quiet time in order to create a smooth transition from home to school.  We have a child-led, nature-based curriculum with a focus on social-emotional development.  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. At Wonder Preschool, we are committed to creating an environment where students feel confident, respected and safe.

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

Waldorf:

  • Home-like environment and routines

  • Small group oriented

  • Benefits of mixed age groups

  • Supports imagination & fantasy

  • Body, Mind, and Spirit

VALUES

  1. Safety

  2. One-to-One Connection

  3. Equality

  4. Kindness, Empathy, & Peace

  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 garden and 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 & American 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.