The Wonder Room is a full time preschool classroom with ages ranging from 3 to 5 years old.
“Look with kindness and you will always find wonder” – R.J. Palacio
We believe this quote truly describes our philosophy in the Wonder Room! Your child will learn kindness through play, exploration, and imagination. We focus on the Creative Curriculum and play-based ideas imagined by the Wonders themselves. We call these “Big Ideas!” The Wonders engage with their peers by using problem solving, positive and appropriate communication, and kind messages. We encourage the Wonders to include all children into play and be welcome to everyone’s ideas. Your Wonder will explore all areas of the room throughout the day as we promote open play, while maintaining a daily routine using fun and interactive transitions. We meet for large group time twice a day. During this time we assign classroom jobs, read a story, dance to a movement song, and play a game to test out our cognitive abilities. This is also a wonderful time for your Wonder to share what they have on their mind. We have open discussions about play ideas, what they did over the weekend, or just anything that comes to mind! The Wonder teachers will also support your Wonder’s social emotional development by helping them during social conflicts that arise. Giving the proper communication techniques help their social and emotional independence.
Whether it’s creating open-ended process art, building a castle in the block corner, choosing a fine motor basket or board game to play, pretending and playing dress-up in dramatic play, writing in journals in the writing center, digging and scooping in the sensory table, pretending to be a scientist conducting experiments, dancing to music on the big letter carpet, or taking a break in the calm space/book corner, we guarantee your Wonder will be busy all day and tired at the end of the day!
Please check the NBCC parent handbook for helpful examples of the language we use. One important example is that we do not apologize. Many children between ages 3-5 do not understand the concept of a genuine apology. Instead we “check on our friends,” so the child takes responsibility for their actions and the other child has the opportunity to express themselves.
Often our Wonder-kids are doing adorable things as they learn and grow. We love sharing photos of those experiences. Our families are part of ProCare that allow us to share photos and text messages to and from our families.
Our Wonder Room information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.