Enquiry

Our Philosophy

Wonder Works believe that every child is wonderfully gifted with natural curiosity as well as a sense of wonder and imagination. Effective and enduring education takes place through giving students the skills and experiences necessary for them to become independent learners. We also seek to

instill in our students an understanding of moral values, which are of equal importance to their academic growth. Foundational to our teaching approach is the understanding that children who are taught how to think will be more successful in life than children who are taught what to think.

We guide children to be :

Creative Problem Solvers

Children are resourceful, and can come up with imaginative solutions that adults may not think of. By using innate reasoning skills, we believe that a child can arrive at his or her own informed decisions. We teach children not to fear mistakes, and not to ridicule or criticize others when they make mistakes.

This approach helps to build children’s confidence when tackling problems—and see these moments as opportunities to succeed or to learn a new lesson if they do not succeed right away. We encourage children to work through their problems rather than giving up, and foster collaboration between students as a way of solving problems.

Resilient Individuals

Every child experiences disappointment and failure as he learns and grows, but the way he is guided to respond to these difficult times is key. A resilient child looks at mistakes as opportunities to learn, rather than setbacks, and as a result, he/she approaches life with enthusiasm and confidence.

We encourage children to trust their own powers of reasoning to work through difficult situations. In this way, children gain ownership over their problems, and are willing explore options and find solutions. We foster self-worth in children by offering them generous and frequent attention. Children learn to believe in themselves and bounce back more easily from disappointment.

 

Self Directed Learners

Children have a natural love for learning. At Wonder Works, we focus on helping children learn how to learn, so they become intrinsically motivated to do so, and retain their zest for knowledge throughout their lives. Teachers are there to observe, to listen, and to guide, but we support the child to work independently and let his interests and talents guide him.

Kind Citizens

Children who develop a social conscience, compassion and a sense of responsibility towards others will change the world for the better. Wonder Works teachers model kindness and respect in the classroom, making it a safe environment to express emotions and take risks. Our focus on cooperative learning enables children to want to help one another, through which they learn kindness.

Children become more aware of the feelings of others as they act respectfully and empathy grows. We believe that children who make a positive difference in their world through service projects gain a sense of self-worth and responsibility, and even very young children can initiate these projects.

“The early childhood years are the most important time in the life of a family and the most influential time for children as they start on the road to learning. This magical time of extraordinary cognitive, emotional and physical growth, combined with an excellent early childhood program, sets the foundation for later learning and social relationships.”

Flexible Thinkers

We encourage children to think for themselves, and to question what they learn. We do not test them unnecessarily, or train them to repeat without understanding the answers given by adults.

We live by the attitude that varying answers can be good, or “right.” When we provide children with learning experiences where the correct answer depends on the circumstances, children stretch their mental muscles and become flexible in their thinking.

We foster this by asking children at the end of a lesson or project, “Is there another way to do this?” We remain open to different answers and different ways of thinking from children, and listen patiently as they explain their reasoning.

We guide children to be :

Creative Problem Solvers

Children are resourceful, and can come up with imaginative solutions that adults may not think of. By using innate reasoning skills, we believe that a child can arrive at his or her own informed decisions. We teach children not to fear mistakes, and not to ridicule or criticize others when they make mistakes.

This approach helps to build children’s confidence when tackling problems—and see these moments as opportunities to succeed or to learn a new lesson if they do not succeed right away. We encourage children to work through their problems rather than giving up, and foster collaboration between students as a way of solving problems.

Resilient Individuals

Every child experiences disappointment and failure as he learns and grows, but the way he is guided to respond to these difficult times is key. A resilient child looks at mistakes as opportunities to learn, rather than setbacks, and as a result, he/she approaches life with enthusiasm and confidence.

We encourage children to trust their own powers of reasoning to work through difficult situations. In this way, children gain ownership over their problems, and are willing explore options and find solutions. We foster self-worth in children by offering them generous and frequent attention. Children learn to believe in themselves and bounce back more easily from disappointment.

Self Directed Learners

Children have a natural love for learning. At Wonder Works, we focus on helping children learn how to learn, so they become intrinsically motivated to do so, and retain their zest for knowledge throughout their lives. Teachers are there to observe, to listen, and to guide, but we support the child to work independently and let his interests and talents guide him.

Kind Citizens

Children who develop a social conscience, compassion and a sense of responsibility towards others will change the world for the better. Wonder Works teachers model kindness and respect in the classroom, making it a safe environment to express emotions and take risks. Our focus on cooperative learning enables children to want to help one another, through which they learn kindness.

Children become more aware of the feelings of others as they act respectfully and empathy grows. We believe that children who make a positive difference in their world through service projects gain a sense of self-worth and responsibility, and even very young children can initiate these projects.

Flexible Thinkers

We encourage children to think for themselves, and to question what they learn. We do not test them unnecessarily, or train them to repeat without understanding the answers given by adults.

We live by the attitude that varying answers can be good, or “right.” When we provide children with learning experiences where the correct answer depends on the circumstances, children stretch their mental muscles and become flexible in their thinking.

We foster this by asking children at the end of a lesson or project, “Is there another way to do this?” We remain open to different answers and different ways of thinking from children, and listen patiently as they explain their reasoning.

“The early childhood years are the most important time in the life of a family and the most influential time for children as they start on the road to learning. This magical time of extraordinary cognitive, emotional and physical growth, combined with an excellent early childhood program, sets the foundation for later learning and social relationships.”