January 22, 2015
We are pleased to announce the opening of the new Small Wonders School early childhood center this coming June 15, 2015. We are now accepting applications and enrolling for our 2015 Summer Session or our 2015-16 school year. Currently undergoing a complete renovation this new center sized program will ultimately serve 60 children daily ages 24 months to 6. Conveniently located in Hollywood and Laurelhurst along the commuting routes of Sandy, Broadway and I-84 this new offering provides the NE Portland community with an accessible, central childcare location at 3634 NE Sandy Blvd. For more information please visit us at smallwondersschool.org and contact us today at enrollment(at)smallwondersschool.org to have your questions addressed!
Reggio-inspired, custom designed and built to our specifications the new early learning space is a delight with an abundance of natural light. Entering into our grand and open Welcoming Room you will spy our studio space or Atelier, accessible for small group use for art experiences and exploratory projects. The Welcome Room houses art materials, custom project tables, a reception space to greet you and gathering benches for you and your child to say goodbyes or share hellos and stories! Off this central gathering place are our three classrooms, the toddler room to the right divided into two separate zones for small intimate groups with low ratios—perfect for the littles. And to the left: our mixed-age preschool rooms. Large yet warming and inviting the preschool rooms provide an open flow between the indoor and outdoor classrooms.
Small Wonders School, voted Metro Parent’s Family Favorite for 2014-15, offers a high quality preschool program with the convenience child care hours Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30. Following the children’s interest we explore a variety of themes with our lesson plans incorporating all of the Multiple Intelligences. Our days are filled with freeplay, exploratory projects, song circle and quality art experiences where children are exposed to a variety of art materials, styles and techniques. 3, 4 and 5 day schedules are available--additional enrollment and program information can be found at www.smallwondersschool.org
At the center children 3 and older will participate in a Mixed age classroom. We feel this structure provides more flexibility for preschoolers and their particular stage of learning. Not all 3-year-olds are in the same place developmentally, socially or academically, and just as highlighted by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences learning styles, readiness for such can vary widely. Mixed age classrooms are more attuned to these differences and offer children a more varied approach as they can be grouped or gathered for play with other children on their level. This lessens the likelihood of frustrations or performance stressors. Having your child in a mixed-age group classroom gives them the opportunity to master needed skills and concepts before moving on to additional levels. They also give children deeper relationship with their teachers and peers, with less transitions to deal with. Older children have the opportunity to be role models to others, and younger child can get to see that their friends have mastered what they are working on, which can grant them confidence. Parents also have the opportunity to build a longer relationship with their child’s teacher. This partnership benefits children greatly.
Outfitted with high quality materials and furnishings the new program space will be a delightful learning center. As a Reggio-inspired program we have an Atelier or studio space located in our Welcoming Room as the heart of our program. Each class has daily use of this creative art environment for small group exploration and project time. It was designed to offer children and teachers a space to extend and support projects and experiences in the classroom, and to explore and combine many types of materials, tools, and techniques. Our Atelier is to be a beautiful, useful arts space that models the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Contact us today to join our learning community!