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Wee Lad & Lassie Early Learning Center

1281 Baltimore Annapolis
Arnold, MD 21012

(410) 647-2178


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

We strive to teach the whole child; we teach using hands-on experiences as well as through modeling, learning by example and encouraging creativity. Social skills is extremely important at this age and we provide many opportunities for them to interact and practice these skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers work with the children in small groups so that each child can have individual attention from the teacher. Children are encouraged to work to their fullest potential. The teachers are positive, supportive and want the best for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe our school is a special place, unique in a child’s experience, and
designed to provide the components of a quality early childhood educational
program. Recognizing how crucial and important the early years of childhood
are, we believe in inspiring children to reach their highest potential academically, socially, physically and artistically.
The components of our program are:
• A stimulating environment, rich with opportunities for learning in
Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts, which
enhances the child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn in an atmosphere
of loving care.
• Low adult-child ratios, which are associated with more extensive
teacher-child interaction and the ability to individualize learning. Small
group size provides more opportunities for teachers to encourage
exploration, problem-solving and promote language development.
• The development of cognitive, social-emotional, and motor skills, which
are related to early learning and later academic achievement.
• Teachers who are degreed, teach using the principles of developmentally appropriate practice, and are committed to continued
growth as professionals to improve the learning of all students.

A Typical Day

We open our doors at 7:00 a.m. As the children arrive, they are free to make choices among the variety of activities around the rooms. The school day begins for our Pre-k class at 8:30 while the kindergartners begin their day at 9:00 a.m. Each class starts their day with circle time followed by a snack. The children are divided into smaller groups and move about the room experiencing each academic area, which is lead by a teacher. Recess comes in the middle of the morning, after which the children return to the room to continue working in their groups. Lunch comes at 12:00 followed by a short recess. The Pre-K class has a rest time while the kindergartners continue with their learning throughout the afternoon.
Each class not only learns the core academic subjects but also learns about fine art, authors and illustrator of children's books, computer technology, music and Spanish.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We feel open communication with our parents is vital to a successful school year. We use telephone calls, email, our website, notes, and face-to-face contact so that we can be sure we are giving and receiving important information to our parents.
We hold a meet and greet at the beginning of each school year so that the children have the opportunity to feel comfortable in the classroom before the school year starts. We publish a directory so that parents can get in touch with each other outside of the school for playdates, etc. We provide 3 formal progress reports throughout the year as well as informal conversations, meetings, or calls with parents when we feel the need is there.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school