TEACHING CHILDREN THROUGH PLAY IN A NURTURING AND DIVERSE COMMUNITY

Wonders Extended Day

Extended Day Program Directory

BetheSDA eLEMENTARY
CHARLES E. SMITH JEWISH DAY 
CHEVY CHASE
ELEMENTARY
GESHER
JEWISH DAY
HORACE MANN
ELEMENTARY
milton gottesman
jewish day
LITTLE
FALLS
SWW – FRANCIS
STEVENS
murch Elementary

Extended Day Overview

Wonders extended day programs provide a fun, nurturing, and enriching environment where children can safely grow through self-guided and structured play. Our professional educators plan activities based on an age appropriate curriculum that captivates children’s interests and builds on their school day learning.
Each day includes quiet spaces for working on homework, reading, and expressive writing. We also encourage children to play. Play grows imaginations and challenges children to expand social, emotional, and intellectual skills.
Our before and after school programs create community—building connections between children and growing friendships. We think of this as the Wonders neighborhood.

Extended Day Curriculum 

Our curriculum incorporates five learning areas that teach social emotional learning and support cognitive growth. Program planning integrates children’s interests and extends school day learning. Our five learning areas are:
  • Friendship
  • Health + Wellness
  • Community + Service Learning
  • S.T.E.A.M Learning
  • imagination + Play
Within each learning area your child will have opportunities to explore and experience activities that are meaningful to them. 

Unique Programming

In addition to our engaging curriculum, our extended day programs offer an array of specialized opportunities for children to play, grow, and cultivate their interests, including:

  • Teacher-led and Student-led Hobby Clubs
  • Supervised Homework Time
  • Sports and Outdoor Time
  • Field Trips
  • Wonders Student Government 
  • Student-led community service projects
  • Hobby Clubs
Our extended day programs use, Second Step, a research-based, social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum designed to help social- emotional skills like community-building, empathy and kindness, and growth mindset to children from Kindergarten through Grade 5. Learn more about the Second Step Curriculum.

Parent Connection

Our educators use a secure online communication system to provide parents and guardians with individualized messages and we keep families informed of classroom and program information through monthly program-specific newsletters.
Additionally, we believe in providing tools and resources to support success in school and at home. Our programs partner with families and the schools that we serve to build a community that supports social emotional learning and helps parents navigate work-life balance.
Throughout the school year, we offer:
  • family fun events
  • specialized parent and guardian workshops
  • consultation and support services through Child Development Consultants, Inc.
  • Family Friendly, community-wide service projects
We recognize that parent and guardian participation in school experiences support children’s learning and growth. Speak with our Program Director for more ways to be involved throughout the year.
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