At Wisteria, we offer 2 Day , 3 Day and 5 Day programs,
for ages 18 months to 6 years.
Half Day Program : 8:30 -12:30pm
School Day Program: 8:30 - 2:45pm
Full Day Program: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Some of the key features of our program are:
Art: We use art as an integral part of our curriculum, as it allows children to express themselves and helps develop their creativity and motor skills. In addition we ensure that children are in an aesthetically pleasing physical environment, which is conducive to their learning. We have a purpose built 'atelier'. The intent of the atelier is to provide children with the opportunity to explore and connect with a variety of media and materials. The studio is designed to give children time, information, inspiration and materials so that they can effectively express their understanding through “100 different languages.”
Nature: Wisteria has been purposely built in a natural wooded setting, surrounded by trees, a green belt and nature trails to allow children with the opportunity to be close to and interact with nature. The modern urban lifestyles provides children with limited opportunities to interact with nature. Research shows exposure to natural environments improves children's cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills. Nature helps children develop creativity and instills a sense of peace and being at one with the world. Children's loss of regular contact with the natural world can result in a biophobic future generation not interested in preserving nature and its diversity.
Organic & Nutritious Snacks: We believe that the key to healthy growth and learning is healthy nutrition. We serve wholesome and organic snacks to children. Children at the Preschool are provided with a morning and afternoon snack. Parents send lunch from home. Balance nutrition makes possible the growth of the physical body, its formation and vitality. It is the foundation of the children’s ability to concentrate, activate their will and sustain energy. Nutrition has been found to influence social behavior. Proper nutrition influences children’s development far more than is generally recognized. At Wisteria, we are committed to providing children with healthy and nutritious food.
Language and Reading Program: We use the LetterLand Series as part of our language program. Letterland is a child-friendly, multi-model system for teaching children to read, write and spell. The secret of its worldwide success lies in its pictogram characters, set in a delightful place called Letterland. Letterland characters are a careful fusion of letters and animated characters. These simple powerful images contain the basic phonic information that children need for accessing print. As children turn four, they are exposed to a formal reading program. The reading scheme consists of various levels and children progress to the next level based on their skills and readiness.
Multi-age grouping: Children are grouped in mixed ages and abilities. There is constant interaction, problem solving, child-to-child teaching, and socialization. Children are challenged according to their ability and never bored.
Portfolio Assessment: There are no grades, or other forms of reward or punishment, subtle or overt. Assessment is by portfolio and the teacher's observation and record keeping. The test of whether or not the system is working lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the children, their happiness, maturity, kindness, and love of learning and level of work.
Enrichment Program: For children to have a well rounded learning experience, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities as part of our curriculum, at no additional cost. The activities include: cooking, gardening & nature studies, yoga, music, gymnastics, Spanish and computers.
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