Welcome! I’m Ms. Bonnie, the owner and teacher at Wee People, a nature based in-home licensed quality early childhood program located in Millersville, Maryland. We are conveniently located near the intersection of Ritchie 100, 2, 97, and 10. I am now registering for limited spots available for the fall 2022-2023 year. Children must have been born before September 2020 to attend. Infant slots are full.Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:15 pm.
I am now registering for limited spots available for the fall 2022-2023 year. Children must have been born before September 2020 to attend. Infant slots are full.Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:15 pm.
About My Program
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 use a variety of sources, including nature educators around the world, with the Maryland prekindergarten objectives to refine the naturally inquisitive behaviors of children to engage in literacy, science, math, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving, empathy, friendship, resiliency, and independence.
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.
Please dress your child in appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor play with sturdy shoes and socks according to the weather. Inside is always slightly cool, so a light hoodie may feel comfortable. Children may also bring a pair of slippers to leave in their cubbies as shoes are left at the door.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
Morning Meeting, Calendar, Songs, Planning for the Day, Story
Hike through the yard or woods to collect samples weather permitting.
Show and Share samples. Science, for example, looking at samples with magnifying glasses. Math, for example, measuring, counting, sorting samples.
Art project using samples. Free play outdoors.
- (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.)
Indoor center play. One on one individual learning time.
Watch short nature video to settle down.
1-3: Nap/Clean Up
Story Time and writing.
Center play/Clean Up
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 whenever it is practical.
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.
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 $200 deposit, and all forms, including signed handbook, immunization form, medical evaluation, and emergency contacts. Others may be necessary based on circumstances.
Full Tuition for the year is $10,400. Tuition is due in advance of care. Examples are either Friday for the upcoming week or no later than the first of the month. I do not pro rate tuition for missed or cancelled days. I have factored in a free week as an incentive for monthly payments.
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!
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