Waconia Community Education connects, empowers, and enriches lives through lifelong learning and service to our community. Early Childhood Education is a core component of Community Education where families and young children begin their relationship with Waconia Schools. We recognize that every student has unique needs. It is our goal that we offer the best learning environment for your child. Academic and support specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to deliver classroom instruction. This collaboration is designed to support each child who comes through our door to reach his/her full potential.
Waconia Family Preschool provides innovative classrooms where creativity and imagination flourish. Our inclusive programs help all children discover a joy of learning. Your child will be immersed in a stimulating environment that encourages physical, intellectual, and emotional development through play based investigation, purposeful questioning and exploration for deep learning and a seamless transition to kindergarten.
There are other preschool options available in Waconia, but our preschool is the only preschool that aligns with the Waconia School District curriculum and the overall K-12 system. We work closely with Early Childhood Special Education and kindergarten teachers to foster a successful transition from preschool to kindergarten.
Goals of Waconia Family Preschool
At ISD110, our mission is to allow students to explore their passions and create success. In early childhood we give children a high quality preschool experience in partnership with parents. We strive to educate, collaborate, challenge, empower and support families, nurture development and treat all with respect. We believe:
- Parents are children's first and most important teachers.
- Licensed teachers can provide nurture and structure to support young learners and parents.
- Research based curriculum embedded with standardized goals will provide learning to ensure kindergarten readiness.
- Classroom environments should be carefully designed to support developmentally appropriate exploration for preschool children.
- Play opens the world of learning for the preschool child.
We are a Pyramid Model School
Pyramid model is a social andemotional framework incorporated into the classroom to ensure high qualityclassrooms for all students. Teachersare supported in implementing this framework through the Minnesota Centers ofExcellence. Children will benefit fromthis program through learning life long skills such as: friendship, self regulation, problem solvingand learning about emotions.
Class Activities promote age appropriate:
• Social/Emotional Skills
interacting with peers and adults
learning class rules and routines
learning about emotions
• Self-help Skills
performing tasks independently
following health and safety rules
• Physical Skills
cutting and drawing
coordinating body movements
outdoor and indoor play
building curiosity in our natural world
• Concept Skills
shapes, sizes, sequencing
patterns and sorting
concepts of print
Waconia Family Preschool uses Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum and assessment. This research-based curriculum meets the state and federal standards for high quality early childhood programs, including the Minnesota Early Learning Standards, Parent Aware and the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress.
The curriculum, which has a strong focus on literacy and math skills, is organized around units, The daily schedule includes group circle time activities, center time activities,large muscle play, snack and small group time. Center time activities allow children to make choices in play and to practice social skills in a variety of learning stations. They include block play, dramatic play, sensory play, toys and manipulatives, art and learning readiness small group activities.
Wildcat Discovery Park offers children a nature-based outdoor playground experience. An early childhood edible garden, a fort building area, a unique sand box created out of logs and traditional play equipment are available.
Waconia Preschool programs are inclusive and open to all children.
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For questions about our program call 952-442-0613 or stop in our office at 520 Industrial Blvd. Waconia.