Explore our after school program:

The Owls Classroom Welcomes Ages 5 years to 10 years!

Elementary School: Concrete Elementary

We are a bus stop for students who attend Concrete Elementary.

Our Before and/or After School Program, provides elementary school students with a fun and engaging learning environment during the hours most parents/guardians are working. Your child will be greeted by a staff member at our bus stop and walked into the center. We provide an afternoon snack and homework assistance. Parents/guardians can feel comfortable knowing their children are not only receiving professional academic support, but are also interacting with peers in a physically and emotionally safe environment.

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Why Choose Us?

Small Wonders implements the Creative Curriculum for Preschool created by Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. Colker, and Cate Heroman. The Creative Curriculum philosophy is based on five fundamental beliefs that are strongly supported by theoretical and empirical research:

  • Constructive, purposeful play is the best vehicle for meaningful learning
  • The development of social competence is a key focus of the preschool years
  • Relationships are the foundation for learning
  • Curriculum and assessment must be linked
  • Families are essential partners in children’s learning.

Our teachers continually strive to provide a stimulating and challenging classroom environment that supports guided, constructive play among peers, providing them with the social competence for their school years. Weekly lesson plans are written by the teachers, reviewed by the Director and posted each week on the classroom Parent Boards. We strongly believe that children learn through play and imagination. Along with using the developmental goals from the Creative Curriculum for each age group, we also use the South Carolina Learning Standards for Early Childhood to assist in planning and understanding what competencies children should know and master based on their developmental age.

During the academic year, the teachers observe and document each child’s social,emotional, cognitive and physical development creating a portfolio for each child with samples of their work and documentation of their child’s achievements. Twice a year, the teachers complete progress reports for each child which reviews what we have observed in their growth, areas that we will continue to work on and ways that parents can be involved and help at home.

Parent/Teacher Communication is essential to the success of your child and we look forward to partnering with you!

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At Small Wonders our teachers nurture your child, care for his or her physical needs, maintain a safe environment and involve your child in a healthy developmental curriculum.

All of our staff members are highly trained and skilled teachers dedicated to helping your child reach his or her full potential. We conduct a full pre-hiring assessment to ensure staff quality and highly competent teachers and care staff. We check references and conduct thorough background checks based on state and/or local licensing requirements. This includes fingerprinting and appropriate criminal background checks, as well as verification of educational credentials and references. Candidates who will transport children undergo a thorough driving history check and annual checks.

In addition, all Small Wonders Staff Members:

  •  Are state certified and meet all state child-care requirements
  •  Complete extensive training in our standards and curriculum
  •  Train in-depth on child-care and child-development milestones
  •  Receive ongoing yearly professional development training

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Food

We provide a warm and nutritious lunch with milk, a morning and afternoon snack with juice, infant formula and baby food.

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Tutoring

We do One on One tutoring with each child to provide them with the individual attention and education they deserve.

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