At Wonder Academy we use a five-part curriculum and learning model infusing the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development Standards, Wonder Academy Wonder Week enrichment programs, the Project Approach, Kid Sparkz Curriculum, and Movement Based Learning to give all Wonder Kids a holistic developmental early care and educational experience.
North Carolina Foundations
for Early Learning and Development Standards
The North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development Standards are used to ensure that we are providing responsive learning and care that is developmentally appropriate. The early learning standards focus on five developmental domains: Approaches to Play and Learning (APL), Emotional and Social Development (ESD), Health and Physical Development (HPD), Language Development and Communication (LDC), and Cognitive Development (CD).
The KidSparkz Curriculum
is a developmentally appropriate program fulfilling the needs and appreciating
the differences of individual children. This curriculum provides a balance of child initiated and teacher-focused activities; active and
quiet activities; and group and individual activities for children to enjoy while learning through play.
Wonder Academy Creative Arts Wonder Week Enrichments
Successful learning should be coupled with exposure and benefits beyond the traditional preschool curriculum. Our Wonder Week enrichment activities give students the opportunity to engage in new languages, music, abstract art, gross motor development, theater, and many other out of the box exciting new programs for a portion of each day. This leads children to unlock their own natural gifts and interests.
THE PROJECT APPROACH
The Project Approach is an approach to learning where teachers, alongside the children, create learning experiences based upon the current interests of the students. Once teachers and students have agreed upon an area of interest, they develop their project plan and conduct investigations and activities on the concept of interest. Teachers are expected to be co-researchers with students as they explore, investigate, and study every facet of the concept (s) in which the children are showing interest. Art projects, songs, books, finger-plays and other products are developed by students as they learn, are engaged, and as they boost their confidence during the process.
Movement Based Philosopy
With inspiration from the BEYOND Fit Kids Curriculum, children are exposed to onsite movement, music, and literacy in their lessons daily. Movement is infused in classroom lessons, in weekly fitness classes, and during special events for children, families, and the community to enjoy. Children are taught the importance of maintaining active bodies for increased mental clarity and blood flow to the brain, making activity vital to both learning and physical and neurological health.