Preschool runs September 6, 2022 – June 2023
I have one spot available for preschool.
School is 9am-3:30 pm. Before and after care is also included from 7-5. I only accept 3 and 4 year old children who will be going in to kindergarten in 2023 or 2024.
ABOUT MY PROGRAM:
I’m Ms. Bonnie, the owner and teacher at Wee People Preschool in Millersville Maryland. This is a play based, hands on, nature based, and science focused preschool! We raise butterflies, have chickens and rabbits, and grow gardens! We examine bones and fossils and so much more. We have a nature trail through the woods and a natural playground, in addition to our large classroom and regular playground.
Read the parent handbook here.
About My Program
I run a play based, hands on preschool. We love taking hikes, looking for butterfly eggs, digging for worms, feeding chickens, listening to songbirds, gardening, messy art – these are some of the activities that fill our days.
I believe the best way to foster lifelong learning and connection to nature is by engaging in meaningful play and outdoor activities as a child. I utilize student led activities and fun with nature as a focus to create an environment for children to grow and succeed. I believe that nature is a great teacher and children master gross and fine motor skills, emotional health, and STEAM and literacy skills by doing.
Our pre-K program utilizes the MSDE approved Creative Curriculum that gives children a love of learning and a running start in kindergarten. It integrates math, science, health, creative arts, social studies, physical movement, early literacy, and social emotional development. Your child will be offered a rotation of free play centers with an opportunity to learn through play and exploration. These include art, engineering, literacy, math, science, and dramatic play.
Sample Daily Schedule
Drop off between 7-8:45 (Free Play indoors)
9AM: Morning Meeting, Calendar, Songs, Planning for the Day, Story
9:20-10:15: Center Play (Art, science, dramatic play, technology, math, writing)
10:15-10:45: Small Groups – Learning activity in small groups or one on one
10:45-11:30: Outdoor Play – on the playground or hike through the yard or woods to
collect samples weather permitting.
- (Alternatively, we may go to a local park for a hike and exercise or we may dig or harvest our garden, or examine leaves for butterflies. We have a butterfly room where we raise Monarchs and Painted Ladies, and we also have chickens and a bunny)
12: Lunch/Clean Up
1-3: Nap/Clean Up
Snack, story or writing
Departure 3:30-5 (Free Play indoors or out)
I have a Masters in Education, with 30 years of childcare experience. I am certified in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and First Aid. I, my substitutes, and residents are fingerprinted and pass the state’s background check. I have an emergency action plan in place to ensure the safety of students at all times. Our action plan includes fire drill procedures and an evacuation plan. Our home and center have been inspected and approved by the Maryland Department of Education and the Anne Arundel County fire marshal. I have the highest level Maryland Credential, participate in Excels, am working towards program Accreditation, and my CDA.
Lunch and Food Safety
Children are served a hearty, nutritious breakfast and lunch and an afternoon snack that meets the CACFP national guidelines. Children each have their own reusable water bottle that is refilled throughout the day. Children are served family style where they can make and serve themselves whenever it is practical.
Registration and Tuition:
Registration for 2022-2023 is open until slots are filled (there are 8 total slots). An interview is required, along with a $50 deposit, and all forms, including signed handbook, immunization form, medical evaluation, and emergency contacts. Others may be necessary based on circumstances.
Full day tuition is FREE for families who qualify!
Daily health screening, temperature taking, parents remain outside for drop off and pick up. No new symptoms in children or adults. This is a HEALTHY childcare service. IF anyone in the child’s household is sick, a covid test is expected. If the child becomes sick, they may not attend until healthy and a negative covid test is required.
“SICK”= Fever 100.5+, cough, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, not up to participating in activities, head ache, stomach ache, unexplained rash, etc
If anyone in the household becomes positive for covid, there is a mandatory quarantine and negative covid test for return. All policies may be modified according to information available and is contingent upon the health department’s advice.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bonnie at Wee People . Us @ gmail .com
This is also a private home, and guests must have an appointment to visit.
Please take a look around for more info and photos.
This was at our 2021 summer reunion picnic! Several current and previous families came to spend the day together. These are some of the Wee People children from over the past ten years!
License # 159207