The mission of the Wildwood School is to create a happy, caring and nurturing preschool dedicated to environmental exploration and artistic expression. We promote the children‘s experiential learning, social interaction, and positive self-concept. We strive to create relationship that provide a meaningful first-learning experience for the children, their parents, and the staff and community.
By using an extended study approach the children at Wildwood School are being continuously challenged by specific learning goals, within the frame work of each child’s individual interests and developmental stage.
Our environmental arts curriculum coupled with our wondrous mountain setting amidst beaver ponds, nature trails and forests of pine and willows, beg the children to explore and experience nature and animals at their doorstep. In order to begin to read and perform other academic tasks, the children must first gather meaning from the world and develop an awareness of concepts. In order to gather meaning from the world, children must have many satisfying sensory and interactive experiences-they must touch, feel, smell, hear and see. Perceptual development follows. As children interpret their sensory experiences, Their minds continue to develop and expand. With a daily pupil/teacher ratio of 7 to 1 we accomplish these goals by focusing on five basic developmental areas:
The program we pursue is geared toward helping children develop habits of observation and discovery, questioning, listening and problem solving. Enveloped in an environment of fun where they feel loved and respected they develop an awareness of the uniqueness of who they are and how to express their feelings. They learn that they are free to make choices and that as long as they stay within the limits of consideration for people and things, they do not always have to conform. An open-ended program like ours prepares children to utilize their intellectual and creative abilities in future learning tasks and in successfully relating to the world and their fellow individuals around them.
Our "hobbit house" school is nestled among beaver ponds, willows and evergreens on several acres of White River National Forest Land. Our natural setting opens the door for our unique environmental arts program. We stress a very hands-on approach to learning, including varied nature hikes in the summer; gardening in our Grow Dome, and animal tracking on snowshoes in the winter. With the Younger and Older Pre-K Domes, there is a continuous flow in the child's learning, with the program building on basic steps towards kindergarten readiness including social-emotional preparedness.
We are excited to start another great year!
Miss Jenny, Miss Linda, Miss Julie and Miss Tina have planned a great year. We will focus on “Wild about Wildwood” Starting with getting to know each other and our beautiful environment. We will keep you posted with daily emails to parents as well as posting the monthly calendar below. Here we goooooo!
The Pre-K Dome is an nurturing place for children ages 4 and 5, where they investigate the world around them through inquiry, self discovery. Children gain readiness skills such as social problem solving, language development, math through graphing and measuring, letter recognition with Hand Writing Without Tears, and personal expression through art, music, dance, and physical play. The daily pupil-teacher ratio is seven to one, facilitating an atmosphere of love and nurturing which is considered of paramount importance to positive growth.
8:30-9:00 Arrival / bus / wash hands
9:00-9:15 Large group meeting
9:15-10:45 Choice time-small group
10:45-11:30 Clean up, hand washing, snack
11:30-12:30 Outside choice time
12:30-1:15 Hand washing, Lunch
1:15- 2:15 Share, Read aloud, Rest
2:15-2:45 Inside/ outside choice time- small groups
2:45-3:15 Wash hands, snack
3:15-3:25 Large group wrap-up depart
3:25-4:00 Bus Time/ pick up
(*Handwriting Without Tears curriculum)
(We are outdoors throughout the day, so children are dressed appropriately)
**SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO SPORTS, FIELD TRIPS, INCLEMENT WEATHER, SPECIAL EVENTS.
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Welcome! Miss Corina, Miss Anna, Miss Liesa, and Miss Rocio have a fun year planned learning about each other and exploring nature every day. Let the discovery begin!!! We will keep you posted with daily emails to parents as well as posting the monthly calendar below.
The Younger Dome is a joyful place for children ages 2 1/2 to 4 to learn socialization skills, organizational skills as well as age appropriate activities designed to stimulate the young mind. These include arts and crafts, field trips, skiing, dance, music and sensory awareness. The daily pupil-teacher ratio is seven to one, facilitating an atmosphere of love and nurturing which is considered of paramount importance to positive growth.
8:30-9:00 Arrival/ bus/ hand washing
9:00- 10:00 Large Group & Choice time- small groups
10:00-10:30 Clean up, hand washing, snack
10:30- 11:30 Outside choice time
11:30-12:15 Hand washing, lunch
12:15- 12:45 Quiet time / choice time
12:45- 2:00 Read aloud/ rest time
2:00- 2:45 Inside/ Outside choice time/ small group
2:45- 3:15 Hand washing, snack
3:15-3:25 Large group wrap up & depart
3:30-4:00 Bus transport & pick up
(Wednesday: Gymnastics/Library 9:45-11:20)
*Schedule is subject to change due to sports, field trips and special events.
Summer 2016 WILDWOOD SUMMER CAMP IS HERE!
We are excited to have your child with us this summer! The program will include many different activities and fun field trips. We will take advantage of programs offered by the M.A.A., the Pitkin County Library, ACES at Hallam Lake (ACES), and any others that may come up during the summer. The Older dome ages are 4 & 5, and the Younger dome ages are 3 & 4. Our counselors are energetic, responsible, creative and FUN! We are all First Aid and CPR-trained with degrees and years of experience working with preschool and primary-age children.
We want to thank everyone who has been helping to make our program more varied, fun, and healthy!!
Whether you volunteer to wash sleeping bags, bake a snack, fix lunch for the teachers, work as a parent helper, share a special talent, or sit on the Board of Directors — ALL ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!
Field Trip to Baldwin Gallery 10:30 am
Music and Movement
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE
11Field trip to Hillyard Park 10:30 am
Can you find a Tree my size?
131st Swim Day 10:30am
Investigating Tree Parts
14Classify and Sort Tree Parts
17Paint a Tree Picture
18Make Leaf Crowns
Paint with branches
Yellow Canary Art guest. 10:00 am
24Leaf Patterns and Sorting
27Who Lives in a Tree?
from the bus on Hyman Mall
3Sounds we hear at School?
4Where do sounds come from?
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
10Celebrate our Learning
11Celebrate our Learning
Did you see a tree today?
13Collection of Tree Parts
14Classify and Sort Tree Parts
17Classify and Sort Tree Parts
18Photos of Variety of Trees
Paint with Sticks
21Match Leaf Rubbings
24Match Leaf Rubbings
25Sort Tree Photos
Tree Grown food
27Whole Lives in a Tree?
28Tree Collage & Apple Bread
From Bus, on Hyman Mall