Mission & Philosophy
Our Fabulous Driving Force
Our Unique Mission
At Wonderland Montessori and Preschool Center, we are committed to:
- Providing quality childcare that enhance the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of each child.
- Empowering and strengthening families as the primary nurturer of their children by offering educational opportunities.
- Introducing children and families to needed supportive services designed to improve and create positive change in their lives and their community.
Our premier early childhood preschool program philosophy embraces several concepts:
At Wonderland Montessori we believe in creating an environment that is safe, nurturing and enjoyable. Our program helps children become more confident and eager to learn, thereby developing the skills needed for a lifelong success in their academic career and relationship with others.
Research shows that young children learn more and more quickly in these early years than any other tie in their lives, and that playing is one of the most effective ways of learning. Play with purpose is the primary focus of our curriculum. Playing teaches children to try out ideas, practice grown-up behavior, and puts a sense of order and control into their lives.
Experience deeply influences learning in early childhood and children learn by “doing”, touching, experimenting, choosing. talking and negotiating: therefore, the entire world is a potential curriculum for the preschool child. Our curriculum is not our primary focus – the children are. At Wonderland Montessori, we view curriculum as everything that happens during our time together with the children, and it is based on our daily routines and observations. Teachers observe children as they play, paying close attention to repeated ideas and questions, children’s curiosities, development issues. and children’s understandings. These observations guide our curriculum planning as we create opportunities for children to think about ideas and issues, to reach logical explanations and conclusions, and to stumble upon new perspectives. These are wide variety of tasks that need to be mastered at each developmental stage such as retelling a story, pouring, rolling balls, tumbling, climbing, grasping crayons, and cutting paper with scissors. We provide a variety of opportunities for children so they can choose activities providing unstructured skill practice. When working with our activities, there are no set or particular ways for working on projects. This freedom of selecting, choosing and creating based upon one’s own decisions is a critical factor in the positive development of children’s self esteem. Children are observed, developmentally screened, and assessed at the time of enrollment and on a periodic basis by our teaching staff to determine their skills, knowledge. behavior, and accomplishments.
We make every effort to prepare each child for Kindergarten and it is our hope that children leave our Montessori prepared with a sense of confidence and positive self-esteem. We also hope they developed a desire to learn and the skills needed to succeed in school and life.