How many children are in the class?
We are a small group of 8 children and 2 teachers.
Are meals provided by the school?
The school provides a morning snack and parents provide a picnic lunch daily. Ideally, lunches are low maintenance and minimally sticky as we enjoy our meals in the woods most days. (for example: cheese stick instead of yogurt, apple slices instead of applesauce)
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Yes. I fully respect that children develop at different paces and may be ready for our school academically and socially while still working on this developmental milestone. However, due to the fact that our classes are routinely held outside where bathroom facilities are limited, it is important they are toilet trained before attending WS.
Do parents provide a car seat?
No. Our school van is equipped with car seats. The seats are all federally approved and children are required to be properly secured at all times while the vehicle is moving.
Does WS provide after school care or extended days?
After school care is currently provided on Thursdays until 5:15.
How often does the class take wilderness trips?
We travel to nearby wilderness areas 3 times per week. On days when we choose not to travel, the children spend time outdoors in our backyard play space.
What is The Reggio Emilia Approach?
This is a philosophy centered on the belief that children are competent, curious, creative and ambitious learners with the right to co-construction of knowledge. Children are given the opportunity to be researchers, to explore, observe, question, hypothesize and learn through the form of play, projects and experiences. Teachers are co-learners and collaborators, actively engaged in the research process alongside their students. The carefully designed, rich and inspiring classroom environment is seen as the “third teacher” and plays a crucial role. (This is my extremely broad overview of an approach that is complex, beautiful and very difficult to sum up. I encourage you to click here if you’re interested in learning more!)
Is the program licensed?
Yes. We are licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing Division. Child Care Licensing routinely inspects all aspects of the program and provides information on recent inspections through their website. With a few exceptions, licensed child care homes are required to meet the same safety and educational standards as larger child care centers.