Wisdom begins with wonder

– socrates

introducing:  The one and only Classical Preschool

Little Wonders is SLO Classical Academy’s preschool, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten program for children ages 3-5. In the fast-paced world that we live in, it is more important than ever to slow down and allow children to tap into their innate sense of wonder. We not only delight in watching children make these new discoveries, we invite parents to join us on the this wonder-filled journey!

“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are educational. The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.”  

– Penelope Leach, Ph.D

A classical school and educational model starts in first grade, culminating in twelfth. We saw a need (and heard the demand!) for younger children to begin their learning journey earlier, and so created a classical approach to preschool, junior k, and kindergarten, coining the “Pre-Grammar” stage in classical education. While the curriculum is our own addition to the great conversation, it’s steeped in our knowledge of child development and the classical education model, making for rich beginnings in wonder.

our daily wonders

Little ones will…
memorize and recite nursery rhymes,
read and discuss great literature,
discover the outside world,
learn hands-on math,
play purposefully,
analyze poetry,
get messy,
create works of art,
experience intentional relaxation time,
and be known.

Parents benefit from…
guidance for learning at home,
small class sizes,
getting to explore and discover,
an enriching learning environment,
community for your child,
support from teacher and fellow parents,
and knowing your child.




WHAT WE VALUE & TEACH IN LITTLE WONDERS

Our program provides a balance approach to education; one that offers both teacher and student led activities. Through purposeful play, an intimate environment, commitment to whole-child development and exposure to beautiful nature and literature, children develop essential skills such as self regulation, language, vocabulary, and abstract thinking. These skills not only allow children to thrive in all areas of life, they facilitate the development of creative thinkers, problem solvers, self-confident, and independent beings who will grow up to be great students and caring, happy, and productive adults.

play

Little wonders is intentional in helping children achieve and sustain higher levels of exploration, as they are provided ample time, space, materials and support to lead them to engage in play that is safe, imaginative and filled with purpose and meaning.

literature

Fostering a love of literature that spans your child’s lifetime is an ever-present priority throughout our school. This is achieved by exposing children to the best possible literature: books that are well written, have delightful illustrations, are timeless, capture the child’s imagination and cultivate understanding about literacy.

math

We are deliberate in our teaching of mathematics and continually encourage children to engage in deep mathematical thinking. In the early years we provide them with open-ended, hands-on math to help them develop their natural, logical mathematical minds.

nature study

We assist children in developing a love of nature by helping them interact with and observe it first hand. Children get outside daily for nature walks, using all five senses to notice natural patterns. Teaching children to be observant and curious gifts them with skills that will impact all areas of their learning.

block play

We believe through creative block play, children learn many valuable social skills such as self regulation, the ability to purposefully monitor their own behavior, how to listen to others, sustained focus on a task, expression of ideas, and working to solve problems. With open-ended materials like blocks, there is more than one right way to use them, offering children opportunities to take risks and learn from their mistakes. When children actively engage in creative block play, they want to tell you about it––this may mean drawing a picture, narrating a story or writing about what they created.

a note on the importance of reading aloud

Reading aloud is one of the most important thing parents and teachers can do with children. From the very beginning of infancy, and some might even say while in the womb, we should be exposing our children to beautiful literature. Also, what better way to form a connection with your child than them sitting, curled up on your lap, devouring a book together. Reading aloud not only builds many foundational skills, it also provides an opportunity to expose children to rich vocabulary. It excites and motivates the child, serving as a model of what fluent reading sounds like. 

Children are made readers on the laps of their children.”

– Emilie Buchwald

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