The WCDS preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten programs are designed to cultivate a child’s natural desire to explore and learn within a structured environment. Early childhood is the time to lay the foundation for future learning. We acknowledge that children learn, grow, and develop at different rates and with different learning styles, and our small class sizes allow for significant amounts of individualized teaching. To develop well-rounded children who are enthusiastic about learning, WCDS provides learning opportunities in both group and individual settings, enabling students to succeed at their own levels.
In keeping with Wakefield’s tradition of emphasizing core academic subjects, children are introduced to reading and writing, math, science, history, geography, Spanish, music, art, library, and sports. Social development, getting along with others, character education, and group problem-solving are also incorporated into these core subjects to nurture independent, responsible, respectful individuals. The program provides a safe environment for children to develop mentally, physically, and socially. The Early Education programs lay a solid foundation for successful WCDS students as they enter the lower school.
Students thrive in small classes taught by highly experienced teachers, who pass on their love of learning to the children. Students acquire early math and reading skills, marvel at the wonders of science, and enjoy separate classes in Spanish, art, music, and physical education. They interact with older students through reading buddies, assembly performances, and our bus buddy program. Through our community engagement program, students take part in field trips to apple orchards, local museums, theaters, and small businesses. They celebrate special traditions like reciting poems at Kindergarten graduation, performing the Alligator Stomp dance, and watching chickens hatch from eggs.