Small Wonders School offers preschool programs with the convenience of childcare hours for children ages 2 up to Kindergarten age. Our programs are staffed by high quality teachers in intimate settings with small group size. Children thrive in learning environments that are individualized, allowing children to develop at their own rate. A high quality program should be child directed and allow for ample time to explore a variety of books and materials and encourage the use (and further development) of advanced vocabulary and ideas. When the child influences the themes and free-play they are able to best develop their abilities in a low-pressure environment. At Small Wonders School we view each child as bright and capable and gifted, with this teaching mindset we help each child shine and make each day a fun one!
Our educational programs, set in our Reggio-inspired environments, follow child-directed themes. Drawing from our observations during freeplay we develop monthly thematic units based on the children's interests. In our planning we are assure to account for each of the Multiple Intelligences and have explored such topics as woodland animals, ocean habitats, all things maps, fairy tales, and many more! Our days are filled with exploratory projects, art experiences, song circle, freeplay, outdoor exploration and much more. Parents receive a monthly calendar highlighting our activities and log on daily to our password protected photo blog for photos of projects, freeplay, and activities.
Our small programs sizes lend themselves to a strong sense of community amongst our families. We gather often at the park for school potluck picnics and friends meet for playdates. Our parents come from a variety of backgrounds and bring to our little learning community a plethora of interests, talents and skills. As a parent you will receive daily updates on your child's school happenings with our password protected blog, complete with many many pictures! You will find an accessible teaching staff and director, ready to address questions and concerns. As a friend in our program your child will gain new social skills as they learn to be part of community, find their words, problem solve, and make new friends! We have been selected as the Metro Parent Family Favorite Preschool/Daycare for all of Portland metro.
We are presently inviting families to contact us for information about current vacancies for the 2014-15 school year. We host monthly tours at each of our locations and invite the family to join us as we explore the space and go over program features. Contact us today for the next tour time and to have your questions addressed. We always welcome applications for families seeking an immediate vacancy, a summer start or those wishing to join the waitlist for a future school year. We look forward to meeting your family!