Small Wonders offers a preschool program with the convenience of childcare hours for children ages 2 up to Kindergarten age. This educational program, set in our Reggio Inspired home environment, follows 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 program is staffed by high quality teachers in an intimate setting with small group size. We are thrilled to be a part of the Portland community!
My child is bright, articulate, a creative spirit, how can I make sure her needs are met? Children thrive in school situations 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 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 presenting inviting families to contact us for information about the 2013-2014 school year. To receive an application, attend an Open House, or have your questions addressed please contact Allison today. For information about immediate vacancies please email! We look forward to working with you to provide new educational challenges for your child to foster their strengths and creative spirit!