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The Wonder Years Learning Center

148 Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA 01887

(978) 658-8282


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We provide a variety of hand-on learning activities with many sensory acitvities.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Problem-solving skills, nutrition, sign language, social-emotional curriculum

From the Director:

Our curriculum is based upon the developmental needs and interests of the children. Teachers prepare the environment, discuss key concepts with the children, and provide experiences across the range of developmental areas, usually based upon a theme. Children are free to choose the activities they prefer. Teachers encouraged children to try all of the activities. Teachers interact with the children individually to facilitate their learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers individualize for each child, utilizing their strengths, while supporting the areas where they need to grow. We also discuss with children how we are all alike, but also that we are all unique. That we all have things that we are good at and things that we are learning. We share our talents with each other and help each other. We teach acceptance of individual differences while celebrating all we can do. This positive attitude supports all children wherever they are in their development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children are our first priority at The Wonder Years Learning Center. Our mission is to provide high quality care and education for young children of all ages. Partnering with parents concerning their child's development is also key to our mission..We support parents in a variety of ways. By providing children with a safe, nurturing environment parents can be free of worry during the day as they work, attend school, or engage in other activities. We also work to provide parents with child development information they can trust and a sense of community with other parents.

A Typical Day

7:00-9:00 welcomes and free play
9:00-9:15 clean up
9:15-9:30 group time
9:30-10:00 snack, get ready to go out
10:00-10:45 outside time
10:45-11:45 learning centers
11:45-12:00 clean up
12:00-12:30 lunch/ half-day children go home
12:30-12:45 prepare for rest
12:45-2:30 rest time
2:30-3:00 wake up/quiet activities
3:00-3:15 snack
3:15-3:30 prepare for outside
3:30-4:30 outside time
4:30-6:00 activities/good-byes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Connection with parents is a high priority. We provide daily contact during drop-off and pick up. We also provide a daily sheet for each child so parents know specifics about their child's day. Phone conversations between teachers and parents also are common and parents are free to call into the classroom at any time to speak with the teachers. Other communication avenues include a white-board in each class outlining the daily activities, newsletters, mailboxes, and email.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child and family is unique so we tailor our policy for orientation and separation to their individual needs. Minimally, parents and children visit the classroom to play and meet the teachers at least once before their first day of school. Parents receive an orientation packet from th classroom. Parents are welcomed to stay as long as they like at drop off, but are encouraged to say good-bye and leave when it is time to go. Teachers will hold the child or provide other support appropriate to the needs of the child. Parents and teachers will work together to make a specific support plan for the child if needed.