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 provide a meaningful first-learning experience for the children, their parents, and the staff and community.
By using a monthly theme 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 Tina, Miss Corina, Miss Julie, Miss Jenny and Miss Linda 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 ARRIVE AT WILDWOOD / WASH HANDS
9:10 CIRCLE TIME
9:20-10:35 FREE CHOICE TIME/ OUTDOOR PLAY
10:35-10:45 *HWT & WASH HANDS
10:45 MORNING SNACK
11:00-12:00 OUTDOOR PLAY
12:00- 1:00 LUNCH & BOOKS & PLAY
1:00- 2:00 SHARE, STORIES & REST ON MATS
2:00-3:00 FREE CHOICE TIME/ OUTDOOR PLAY
3:15 AFTERNOON SNACK
3:25 BUS TIME
(*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 Tracey, Miss Rocio, Miss Anna, and Miss Tina 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.
9:00- 9:20 WASH HANDS & CIRCLE
9:15-10:35 FREE PLAY
10:30- 11:05 CLEAN UP / SNACK
11:00-12:05 OUTSIDE PLAY
12:00- 1:00 LUNCH / FREE PLAY
1:00- 2:00 BOOKS & REST TIME
2:00- 3:00 FREE PLAY & ACTIVITIES
3:00-3:25 AFTERNOON SNACK & BUS TIME
(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!!
April 4Letter X
NO SCHOOL PARENT CONFERENCES
Make invites Earth Day
7Visit to the Farmyard. Leaving school at 10 am return back for lunch.
Animals visit Wildwood
12Visit AES Kindergarten.
Bake Earth Day Treats
13Yoga with special guest Bija's Mom.
14Making a classroom chard of "My Favorite Spring Colors!"
Soak Earth Seeds
15Planting our Earth Seeds
Special Guest Luke's Mom Presentation "Anatomy"
Earth Day Baking Projects
19Earth Day Tea Party
Celebration at Wildwood
10:30 - 11:30 am
Spring Journal Drawings.
22All School Field trip from the bus 8:45
Earth Day Celebration at the Farm Yard!!!
Continued, Making Treasure Boxes
26Mother's Day Mouse
28Making items for our treasure boxes.
29Animals Waking up from Hibernation
April 4Parent Teacher Conference
5Plant Earth Suncatchers
Earth invitation to our Earth Day party
8Wildwood Fundraiser, Children Celebrate at School
The Tiny Seed
15Let's get Moving
18Earth Day Party
All are Welcome!
22All School Field Trip
Aspen TREE's farmyard for Earth Day
25Healthy Eating Plate
26Reduce Reuse Recycle
(Earth Day dirt cups)
28Hike to the Beach
29Mess Free Earth Painting