Explore Our Toddler Classroom:

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The Penguins Classroom Welcomes Ages 18 months to 36 months!

We provide a safe environment for exploration, excitement, and exercise. We channel that energy into learning and fun! At this age your child is growing and learning so much about his or her body and the wonderful world around them. Our loving teachers enjoy getting to know each child and their evolving personalities to ensure a strong bond and to make your child feel safe and comfortable in their environment.
At this age, toddlers will have a language explosion and will understand more than they say.The first few years of a child’s life are key to the development of speech, language and cognitive skills. Our educated and experienced teachers will address the individual needs and abilities of each child, since all children grow and learn at their own pace, in their own unique way. Through play, simple daily interactions and learning experiences, we will help your child acquire new language and skills.
In the toddler class our curriculum consists of many interactive activities and is designed to meet the needs of 18 to 36-month- old children, with a focus on understanding routines and developing independence. Each day we enjoy circle time and focus on the fundamentals:recognizing shapes, colors and letters, singing the alphabet and counting numbers 1-10. Monthly themes, daily story time, music, and art projects will spark their imagination and creativity while giving your child the opportunity to experience subjects that they may not get to encounter from day to day. Socially, your child will have the opportunity to learn how to properly communicate through language and interact with peers, by taking turns, sharing, and being kind to one another. We will teach and guide your child with the necessary skills to express emotions through words, which helps them understand the feelings they are experiencing. Your child will thrive in our safe, fun and loving classroom environment and as we enjoy playing with your child their creativity and imagination will grow!

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Why Choose Us?

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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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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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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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 Pennsylvania 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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