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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 we have set for them.
With a daily pupil/teacher ratio of 6 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 mankind.
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 Tracy 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.
9:00-9:10 Arrival / wash hands
9:10-9:25 Large group meeting/ Outdoor exploration
9:25-10:45 Small group/Choice time
10:45-11:10 hand washing/ snack
11:10-12:15 Outside choice time
12:15-1:10 Hand washing/ Lunch
1:10- 2:00 Share, Read aloud, Rest
2:00-3:00 Outdoor choice time
3:00-3:15 Wash hands/ snack
3:15-3:40 Large group wrap-up/ depart bus
*Schedule subject to change due to fields trips and/ or special guests
Welcome! Miss Anna C., Miss Georgia, Miss Rocio and Miss Anna P., 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 six to one, facilitating an atmosphere of love and nurturing which is considered of paramount importance to positive growth.
WILDWOOD YOUNGER DOME DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00 – 10:30 ARRIVE/ FREE PLAY (Outside then indoors)
10:30 – 11:00 CLEANUP / CIRCLE/WASH HANDS / SNACK
11:00 = 12:10 OUTSIDE FREE PLAY
12:10 – 12:45 WASHHANDS / LUNCH
12:45 – 2:00 QUIET TIME / BOOKS / REST TIME
2:00 – 3:00 OUTSIDE FREE PLAY
3:00 – 3:25 WRAP UP / WASH HANDS / SNACK
*Schedule is subject to change due to sports, field trips andspecial events.
Wildwood Summer Camp 2022
At this time, we are planning to run summer camp from June 13 through to August 5th. We continue to have lower numbers to keep our camp as safe as possible. We will be accepting currently enrolled families and whatever space is available for non-enrolled families. We will continue to post updates as we receive Pitkin County Public Health Orders. Thank you. (We do not allow children to split schools during the pandemic)
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!!