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Wilson Start at The Wilson School

271 Boulevard
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

(973) 334-0181


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Students will be led through a structured day. However, students will have the opportunity to participate in play time throughout the day. Also, students will take advantage of many of the amenties located at The Wilson School including: Pool, large gymnasium, Yoga Room, Library and Auditorium. Curriclum will be integrated with that of the Pre-Kindergarten and the students will share ideas and activities throughout the school year.

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
  • 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
  • Music Theory
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Full gym, Pool, Yoga room
Other subjects taught Foreign Language (French/Spanish)

From the Director:

Curriclum is integrated across all grades. Students are evaluated and taught through a customized learning plan.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Wilson Start is an extension of the Wilson School Curriclum. Founded in 1909, The Wilson School has been prroviding a strong education for students in the Morris county area for more than 100 years. Wilson Start is equal parts fun and learning and will allow your child to explore what he/she is most interested in, while at the same time offering a structured learning environment that will give him/her the early educational advantage that he/she will need to be ready for a formal pre-kindergarten/kindergarten program.

A Typical Day

8:30 Morning Routines/Morning Activity

8:50 Circle Time

9:10 Music and Motor/Social Studies Activity

9:30 Snack time

9:45 Art

10:15 Language Arts

10:45 Special
(This will include some kind of activity that makes use of the facilities such as the gym, yoga room, theater, swimmming.

11:20- Lunch, Nap, Outdoor play

1:20 Math/Cognitive Activity

1:50 Science

2:15 Interactive Centers

2:45- Afternoon Circle Time/ Afternoon Routine (This will run up to 3:00)

3pm-6pm- structured activities until pickup

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We create a learning plan for each child. This plan is written and complete with goals and timelines. Parents are given a copy of this and student progress is evaluated monthly.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children will be encouraged to participate and enter the classroom at their own pace. Parents are welcome to come on the first few days if needed in order to ease the child's transition.