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Desiree Wonderschool

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At Desiree's Wonderschool, we believe that children grow, learn, and thrive by following their own unique style of discovery.  Each student comes into our school with different perspectives, interests, backgrounds, family and home lives, and life experiences. We work to understand this personal history so that we can craft an educational experience that is tailored, engaging and joyful. 

Our educators work to foster curiosity, experiment to solve problems, ask questions and create experiences, wonder and spontaneous moments that are relevant to each student. And, we make the learning fun!  It is our goal to provide an environment that helps prepare children to thrive in school and the broader world. In our program, children will feel supported as they engage with new ideas and learning.   

We follow a play-based philosophy. We believe that children learn social, cognitive, and emotional skills by exploring new experiences. Our school focuses more on creative play and individually focused learning through play as the primary learning activity.  We prepare our environment to be responsive to the children in our care, and allow children’s own interests to help facilitate their learning and engagement. 

At our school we help children recognize and manage their emotions, and they will become better problem solvers, they are better able to build strong relationships and are better prepared for learning. Emotional skills such as empathy, self-awareness and self-regulation are foundation for qualities like perseverance and resilience; characteristics that are essential in keeping students engaged in learning. Displaying these skills early in life can be a strong predictor of future academic success and overall well-being. Developing these skills is the crux of our curriculum in our classrooms. 

We are a bilingual program – daily care and activities will be provided in both Spanish and English. Learning a second language at a young age encourages your child's intellectual and social development. 

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