At Wonder Years of Northwest Austin, we take extra steps to ensure the entire family has great experiences. Your family can rest assured each day as you leave your child in our controlled access facility where digital communication allows you to feel connected through-out the day. Each room is carefully designed to provide your child with active learning areas loaded with materials that contribute to social interaction and great experiences. Our wonderful shady playground area is quality certified through the state of Texas and our EXCLUSIVE OUTDOOR STEAM area offers your child experiences only the outdoors can provide.
Wonder Years Infants
Primary Caregivers – You Have a BIG Responsibility, and We Can Help
Primary caregivers are the first and the most important teachers. That is why you have a big responsibility.
“Mommy, I picked this flower for you!” announced Ty. He proudly offered his mother a dandelion, completely seeded and ready to be blown apart.
“Oh no! I don’t want that inside!” his mom responded. “Don’t get those puffy things all over the carpet! Yuck! –Here, throw that away.” She took the flower and tossed it into the trash.
Ty quietly watched his mother throw away his gift. Ty felt very sad. He was emotionally crushed.
“Look, Mommy!” Ty proudly offered a dandelion. “This is for you!”
His mother looked at the weed that was ready to be blown all over the carpet, and then she smiled.
“What a lovely gift! Thank you for being so thoughtful!” Mommy gently accepted the gift. “Let’s put it in a vase and keep it safe.” She placed the flower in a cup and put it on a high shelf, away from little hands. “You are very kind to give me a flower.”
Ty skipped away feeling happy. He was emotionally empowered.
Infants – First Experiences Matter; They are PRECIOUS MOMENTS
We know from neuroscientists that our earliest moments—days, weeks, months—of life are a period of unparalleled brain development. It is a time when trillions of brain cell connections are made. Early experiences shape…
Ms. Betty already knew that time was approaching. Zander has been in her care since he was two months old. She had his bottle already prepared. She spoke to him in a warm comforting tone, “Zander, I already have your bottle ready. I was just waiting for you to let me know when you were ready. Here I come.”
She picked Zander up from his tummy time on the floor. She began to feed him. She looks him in the eyes and speaks softly to him. “Are you enjoying the milk your mom expresses for you every day?”
Zander looked her back in the eyes. He felt secure and his needs were met. Zander and Ms. Betty have a secure attachment.
Toddlers – Physical Growth; My Overall Development
Infants grow at a rapid rate during their first two years. Physical and motor development affect their overall progress and readiness for school.
“I’m the king!” shouted Daniel. “I climbed the mountain!” He scrambled up to the highest point of the playscape and settled into a pretend throne.
Addison turned away quietly. Daniel’s tower looked too high, and she didn’t think she could climb like he could.
That’s when she noticed something closer to the ground. It was a bright yellow tricycle. Sitting on the seat was as simple as using a chair. Her feet went to the pedals and automatically, Addison began to push with her legs. She was surprised when the tricycle moved forward! She tried pushing again, and noticed how the wheel could turn to take her all over the playground. Soon Addison was driving the playground like an expert.
“I’m the king!” Daniel shouted again. “This is my mountain!”
Addison grinned at him and answered, “I’m the queen! This is my car!”
Preschoolers – I Am Self-Aware, I Can Self-Regulate, Now I Can Learn
Social and emotional development sets the foundation to build academic aptitude. Emotional literacy, the ability to recognize, understand, and appropriately express emotions is a crucial period of development necessary for school and life success.
Ms. Patty turned on the clean-up song. Most of the children began to sing and pick up their material to put it away.
Two-year-old Kyle felt frustrated as he looked at the pile of books he read during center time. He would have to put away at least 10 books.
Ms. Patty observed Kyle wresting with the pile. Ms. Patty offered to help. Kyle said, “No, I can do it.”
Although he felt frustrated, he learned to regulate his emotions which allowed him to clean up behind himself. He feels like a big boy when he does things for himself.