About Wildwood

An Introduction to Wildwood

  • Our Mission

  • Wildwood Philosophy

  • Our People

The Wildwood Mission

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.

We Believe
  • Children are our most precious resource and deserve to be cherished.
  • Children mature at their own pace and that their individualism must be respected and valued.
  • Children need to play and explore, while the adults act as facilitators. It is the process that counts, not the product.
  • Children will find our environmental arts program engaging, fun and informative. We strive to offer a curriculum that is developmentally sound and relevant.
  • In respecting teachers and the early childhood teaching profession.
  • Diversity and respect for all cultures and heritages should be promoted.
  • In protecting the beautiful environment around us, and setting an example of appreciation and care that the children can follow.
  • It is in the children’s best interest to have teachers, parents and the community all work together on the child’s behalf. The concept of “The Wildwood Family” is very important to us.
  • Our commitment to a low teacher/student ratio and a high caliber teaching staff enables us to strive for excellence in preschool education.
Wildwood Philosophy

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:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Communication
  • Readiness Skills (Academic)

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.

For Parents

Welcome to the Wildwood Family!

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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.

Our Programs

  • Older Dome

  • Younger Dome

  • Summer Camp

Older Dome (Pre-K)

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.

Older Dome Daily Schedule

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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May: See how we've grown
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
May 2
Letter blend Ch

How big is your wingspan?
3
Field Trip to the FARMYARD 10 am. 
Visit mama's and baby animals.
4
Growing a Potato Plant 
Gymnastics
5
Explorer's Club 'Reading Writing and Math"
6
Tasting and comparing food. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty. 
9
Letter blend Sh
Sheep! Knitting
10
How does your garden grow?
11
Read to me special guest. 
Gymnastics
12
"Music" Special guest Hayden's dad 10am
13
Advise from the Older Dome to the Younger Dome.
16
Letter blend Th
Thick and Thin science 
17
NO SCHOOL TEACHER WORKDAY
18
How Big are our hands?

Gymnastics
19
Kids First Children's Parade through the mall 10am
20
Special guest, Rory's mom teaching ballet.
23
Any Letter
Pajama Day!

Yellow Canary Art
24
 Pajama Day!

Walk to the beach, has anything changed?
25
Let's compare our Foot Prints
Gymnastics
26
"Yoga" Special guest
End of School Year Party 5:15 at Wildwood
27
Pajama Day, Bring your favorite book to school. 
30
Any Letter
NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY
31
Field trip to the Art Museum. Arrive at 10:30am
1
JUNE
How Tall Am I?
2
JUNE 
Last day of school
Spring Cleaning Party
3
June 
NO SCHOOL TEACHER WORK DAY.

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Younger Dome

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.

Younger Dome Daily Schedule

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.

May: Living Things
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
May 2
Aspen TREE farm visit Animal Babies
3
Cave Animals
4
Gymnastics
Mother's Day Mouse
5
Kids Yoga- Thank you Calvin's mom
Ants
6
Digging Up Grow Dome Seed Planting
9
Move Up Week
Going on a Bear Hunt
10
Move Up Week
Farm Animals
11
Gymnastics
Move Up Week
Read to Me Guest
12
Move Up Week
Kids Yoga Thanks you Hilde's and Kai's mom
Can plants
13
Move Up Week
Making flower bouquets
Planting seeds
16
Making Baby Goats
Goat Cheese Cookies
17
NO SCHOOL
TEACHER WORKDAY
18
Gymnastics

A walk to the Beach
19
Kids First Children's Parade through the mall 10am
20
Pineapple Carrot Jello salad
23
PJ DAY
Let's go camping
24
PJ DAY
Aspen TREE farm visit
25
Gymnastics

Prepare for our Party YD End of the Year Party 5:15
26
Walk to the Beach


(OD End Year Party)
27
PJ DAY
Nocturnal Animals
30
NO SCHOOL
MEMORIAL DAY
31
Tot Lot Park
JUNE 1
Front Yard Play
Bubbles & Water Play
2
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Fur, Feathers and Scales

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Summer Camp

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.

Fundraising

Ways to Support Wildwood School

Thanks for the many faces of support!

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!!

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Photos from special events and daily life at Wildwood School

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Contact Us

Where to find Wildwood and how to reach us

Wildwood School
(970) 925-5678

PO Box 9290
Aspen, CO 81612

0241 Wildwood Lane
Aspen, CO

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May: See how we've grown
MON TUES WED THURS FRI
May 2
Letter blend Ch

How big is your wingspan?
3
Field Trip to the FARMYARD 10 am. 
Visit mama's and baby animals.
4
Growing a Potato Plant 
Gymnastics
5
Explorer's Club 'Reading Writing and Math"
6
Tasting and comparing food. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty. 
9
Letter blend Sh
Sheep! Knitting
10
How does your garden grow?
11
Read to me special guest. 
Gymnastics
12
"Music" Special guest Hayden's dad 10am
13
Advise from the Older Dome to the Younger Dome.
16
Letter blend Th
Thick and Thin science 
17
NO SCHOOL TEACHER WORKDAY
18
How Big are our hands?

Gymnastics
19
Kids First Children's Parade through the mall 10am
20
Special guest, Rory's mom teaching ballet.
23
Any Letter
Pajama Day!

Yellow Canary Art
24
 Pajama Day!

Walk to the beach, has anything changed?
25
Let's compare our Foot Prints
Gymnastics
26
"Yoga" Special guest
End of School Year Party 5:15 at Wildwood
27
Pajama Day, Bring your favorite book to school. 
30
Any Letter
NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY
31
Field trip to the Art Museum. Arrive at 10:30am
1
JUNE
How Tall Am I?
2
JUNE 
Last day of school
Spring Cleaning Party
3
June 
NO SCHOOL TEACHER WORK DAY.
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May: Living Things
MON TUES WED THURS FRI
May 2
Aspen TREE farm visit Animal Babies
3
Cave Animals
4
Gymnastics
Mother's Day Mouse
5
Kids Yoga- Thank you Calvin's mom
Ants
6
Digging Up Grow Dome Seed Planting
9
Move Up Week
Going on a Bear Hunt
10
Move Up Week
Farm Animals
11
Gymnastics
Move Up Week
Read to Me Guest
12
Move Up Week
Kids Yoga Thanks you Hilde's and Kai's mom
Can plants
13
Move Up Week
Making flower bouquets
Planting seeds
16
Making Baby Goats
Goat Cheese Cookies
17
NO SCHOOL
TEACHER WORKDAY
18
Gymnastics

A walk to the Beach
19
Kids First Children's Parade through the mall 10am
20
Pineapple Carrot Jello salad
23
PJ DAY
Let's go camping
24
PJ DAY
Aspen TREE farm visit
25
Gymnastics

Prepare for our Party YD End of the Year Party 5:15
26
Walk to the Beach


(OD End Year Party)
27
PJ DAY
Nocturnal Animals
30
NO SCHOOL
MEMORIAL DAY
31
Tot Lot Park
JUNE 1
Front Yard Play
Bubbles & Water Play
2
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Fur, Feathers and Scales
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