September - June
2 days, 3 days, or 5 days
8:30am - 12:30pm
optional extended day 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Discover the personality of our program below.
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What is "play-based?"
During play, children make plans, set goals, solve problems, cooperate, negotiate. At Wild Child, children are immersed in materials that foster early literacy, math, science, and social studies skills, as well as the arts and more. They are motivated to develop the academics of these skills as part of the process of play. This results in children who associate learning with fun and not the anxiety of being rated or judged.
What is "child-led?"
Children are given the freedom to pursue what interests them from a variety of activities, with varying levels of teacher involvement. Low student-teacher ratio means teachers can recognize and encourage the interests of the children, and act as facilitators all the while. High interest and engagement mean that children learn at a deeper level, concentrate longer, communicate more meaningfully, and gain self-confidence as there is no "right" or "wrong."
What is "nature-inspired?"
At Wild Child, we do more outside than just recess. Many of our daily activities will take place outdoors when weather cooperates.
Our bodies work best when they get sunshine and fresh air. Outdoor play improves motor skills, immune system functions, and muscle strength and coordination.
Our moods improve. We appreciate nature, we sleep better, we experience more freedom, we concentrate better.
A different perspective. Being outdoors provides new movements, textures, objects, and processes. Reasoning, observation, cause and effect, and self-awareness develop further with the addition of an extra environment.