Wonders + Social Justice

From an early age, children begin to notice difference.  This developmental stage is a fertile time to teach children about similarities and differences and to begin to dismantle stereotypes that limit our connections to one another and negatively impact children’s identity development.  Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves is a valuable resource for adults who want to help guide […]

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Helping Children Learn to Self Regulate

The first two years of life is an amazing time of growth and change, both physically and cognitively. Babies experiment with and learn from the environment around them. Beyond physical, thinking, and language tasks, babies are learning about social and emotional tasks. Starting in the earliest months of life, babies have the capacity to experience peaks of joy and excitement […]

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Social Emotional Learning

  As all of the Wonders teachers and staff gathered for professional development training prior to the start of the year, we reinforced for our commitment to teaching empathy with a focus on social emotional learning this year.  Empathy is critical to predicting children’s future health, wealth, authentic happiness, relationship satisfaction and the ability to bounce back from adversity.  Empathy is […]

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Wonders’ Success Starts with our Staff

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson For over 40 years Wonders has strived to be an organization led by its mission “To create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities that […]

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Choosing a Pre-School

If you read last week’s post about why Wonders is a play based program (read here if you haven’t already) you know why we believe in teaching the whole child and why quality early learning and care is so important.  This week we will delve into what makes a preschool the right choice for you and your family. Both our of […]

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Play vs. Academic

It’s now a well known fact that quality preschools can set the precedence for a great foundation of lifelong learning. “There’s increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says  Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they […]

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