Welcome to Wonderland Preschool!
Wonderland Preschool was established in 2002 and continues to grow and strengthen today. It offers preschoolers a formal trilingual curriculum by delivering instruction in English, Spanish and American Sign Language located in Southport, West Sacramento and serving families from all neighboring towns. Our program develops language proficiency along with strong academic achievement among preschool children. Our trilingual program focuses on language development by exposing the students to music, learning center activities, circle time, reading, playing and daily interaction in three languages. Our curriculum stimulates learning and curiosity in children. We foster learning environmental where the students can achieve and excel academically, social, physically and emotional through structured quality, teaching, mentoring and support by our faculty and staff. The students are encouraged to develop good moral character, habits and individual talent. We offer food program, after school program, and transportation to local schools.
Our curriculum and teaching philosophy has four main components:
Trilingual Component: The trilingual program component exposes the children in our programs to three languages, typically Spanish and English and American Sign Language. Each class has two certified teachers, one that speaks and teaches the students in English and one that speaks and teaches the students in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Hands on Learning: Research shows that children learn best through play and hands on activities. So the children are exposed and given opportunities throughout the day to learn through play and hands on learning activities. The children also play and learn in the different learning centers as well. Center time allows the child the opportunity to socialize, use their imagination, draw, paint, manipulate letters and numbers, and to read and write through play.
Structured Curriculum: Structured curriculum and activities is the other component. Each age group has a curriculum map that highlights most of the concepts that the children will be exposed to. We use a phonics based approach to teaching the children the letters, the sounds, pre-reading, and reading skills. Children are also exposed to structured pre-writing, writing, and math skills so that the child is exposed and well prepared for Kindergarten upon completion of the program.
Character and Physical Education: The social and physical component also plays a major role in the early development of a child. We incorporate character education so that the children develop good morals, character, habits, and self-esteem. The children are nurtured and taught to care and respect themselves, others, the environment, and to believe in themselves. We also strive to maintain a strong relationship amongst the home, the school, and the children.
"We feel so lucky to have found Wonderland Preschool. For the past 5 years they have provided our 2 children with a fun, learning and loving environment. Wonderland Preschool did an excellent job preparing our now kindergartner for full day school. The curriculum gave him a great head start and made the adjustment to all day school easy. Thank you!"
How does Learning Take Place?
Projects begin with children observing and asking questions about subjects of interest. Based on the children's answers, teachers -in collaboration with parents- then present materials, questions, and opportunities that provoke children to further explore the topic. While some of these provocations are anticipated, projects often move in unanticipated directions. Throughout these projects, children will gain valuable lifelong skills and experience in a broad range of fields, including science, mathematics, art, writing, language, music, and social studies.
How do Parents participate in the Life of Our School?
Parents are a crucial factor in our program. Our school is in agreement that parents should be partners, collaborators, and supporters for their children, and we strongly encourage their participation in our programs. In addition, our teachers respect that parents are their children’s first teacher.