The primary goal in our school age program is to create communities for children and their families that are fun, nurturing and enriching. Children are active learners. Wonders’ before- and after-school programs provide an environment where children can safely grow through self-guided and structured play. In addition to fostering imagination, play challenges children to expand social, emotional and intellectual tools. Group leaders carefully plan the program to balance homework with exercise and promote healthy eating habits.
The before-school program is designed as a gentle transition time from home to school. Children have the opportunity to read, finish homework, play board games or create artwork. Outside time and active games are also offered.
The after-school program curriculum is built around themes that are of interest to the children. Within each theme, there are opportunities for all children to explore and experience activities that are meaningful to them. Our theme-based curriculum incorporates seven learning areas: language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, personal and social development, physical development and the arts. The afternoon is a blend of child initiated and teacher initiated activities including outdoor play, afternoon snack, group time, choice times, homework and reading time.
On days when schools have scheduled early dismissal or are closed, we provide a half or full day program. These longer days give us the opportunity to enhance our programming by planning special events, inviting specialists in to share their expertise or exploring the larger community on field trips.
The following locations provide before- and after- care:
» Bethesda Extended Day
» Chevy Chase Extended Day
» Edgemoor Children’s Center [Pre-K]
» Horace Mann Extended Day
» JAS After School [After care only]
» Leland Children’s Center [Pre-K]
» Somerset Extended Day
» Somerset WOW! Enrichment[After care only]