Small Wonders School offers preschool programs with the convenience of childcare hours for children ages 2 up to Kindergarten age. These educational programs, set in our Reggio-inspired home environments, follow child-directed themes. We offer ample opportunities for outdoor exploration and walking field trips and creative art experiences in addition to exploratory projects and free play opportunities. Our programs are staffed by high quality teachers in intimate settings with small group size. We are thrilled to be a part of the Portland community!
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!
Reggio-inspired programs encourage children to express themselves through the hundreds of “languages”: words, movement, painting, sculpture, song, sketching, dramatic play, collage, and so on. Reggio adds whole layers of aesthetics and communication to the daily early childhood curriculum. Reggio-inspired classrooms include authentic materials and are places of beauty and wonder where children are viewed as competent learners. As such we employ child-directed learning, known as the Project Approach, to develop themes of exploration based on the students' interests. In doing so we address all of the Multiple Intelligences in our lesson plans to cater to each child's strengths while working to nurture and develop new ones.
We are presently inviting families to contact us for information about current vacancies as well as the 2014 summer session and 2014-15 school year. To attend a tour, submit an application, or have your questions addressed please contact us today! We look forward to meeting your family!