At Turquoise Dolphin Wonderschool, we believe that an integrative education is the best way to achieve meaningful learning in our children. From the moment children are born, they are explorers who arrive into a world full of new things to discover. Even before that, in the womb, children are learning! They recognize their mother´s voice and begin to learn how to move and perceive the world around them.
Because we know that every child is unique, we connect with each one of them individually and guide them through active learning. We believe that exploration, play, and guided activities are the best ways for children to learn.
We are a Spanish immersion school. Children will be exposed to a second language from a very young age: the best time for them to learn it! They will enjoy doing activities and listening songs and stories in Spanish.
As part of a holistic education, we also incorporate mindfulness, QiGong, and healthy eating habits. We teach positive tools to solve conflicts, and we encourage kindness, cheerfulness and the enjoyment of learning in our daily activities. We know that building a base for a healthy and happy life starts at a young age by providing children with a safe place to develop nurturing relationships and a connection with nature – like a seed planted in good soil with the right watering and plenty of sun can become a strong tree full of fruits.
Join the Turquoise Wonderschool community in three easy steps:
1. Explore our website
We’ve provided basic information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program might be right for your family.
2. Tour the school
Come see (and feel) what makes Turquoise Dolphin unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule a Tour” form. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-604-5568.
3. Apply to enroll
After your tour, you will receive an email with a link to apply to our program.
Turquoise Dolphin Wonderschool is located in single family home in the beautiful city of Berkeley. The school consists of a cozy interior space and a front yard; both are carefully prepared to accommodate four infants between the ages of 3 months and 2.5 years old.
The classroom is decorated with soft and neutral colors, giving children an active role in the room. The classroom’s main areas are the napping area for sleeping, the dirty zone where they can feel free getting messy, the calm teepee for reading and resting, and an active space for interactive playing and movement. We also have a wonderful, big window that connects the interior space with the front yard.
We love using books everywhere, so children can sit and read if they wish. We teach in Spanish and English!
Outside, vibrant colors and carefully selected toys invite children to use their senses to explore. We have a sandbox, a water table, and a small section for gardening.
Outdoor education is a large component of our philosophy at TDW. We have a front yard that children will use daily to work on the development of their senses and their motor skills. To breath pure air is a booster for their brains and body!
Turquoise Dolphin Wonderschool brings together all the important aspects required to welcome our little ones into this new world. We provide a safe, nurturing, and enriched environment where children can develop and grow. Because we are a small group program, we can ensure the best quality of care and early education to every child. We also support parents in their return to work. We will work together so that your baby and you can have a smooth transition and a great experience.
Parent involvement is purely volunteer- and time-based. Parents can read a book, donate a plant, lead an activity or prepare a meal in support of being a TDW family. With one month’s notice, parents can opt out of the Summer Semester/Camp period, providing Summer flexibility. Enrolled TDW families can also take part in Saturday morning classes and special workshops for free!
Our Approach to Discipline
We believe in using positivity and praise to foster healthy behaviors and a healthy learning environment. One of our main goals is to teach children self-control and respect for themselves and others. Our constructive techniques include redirection, anticipation, modeling, natural consequences, elimination of potential problems, and teaching children to resolve conflicts on their own in an appropriate manner.
We provide healthy and homemade breakfast and lunch plus 2 snacks. Most of the food will be organic; we select our our organic purchases by avoiding conventional produce on the “Dirty Dozen Plus” list. These foods have the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions – or to grow them organically yourself.
Tamara Margas, Director & Head Teacher
Tamara has many years of experience working with children as a Speech and Hearing Pathologist. She was the first SLP of the Neonatology Department of the Hospital Dr. Gustavo Fricke in Chile, where she was the head of the governmental program (AUGE) for bilateral hearing loss in premature babies under/or 32 weeks or 1500g. During her time working at the Hospital, Tamara also had the opportunity to work with hospitalized children in the Oncology Department and the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, she taught at two Universities and worked with kids and adults at their Audiology Laboratories.
Tamara also spent two years working at a homeopathic pharmacy, where she gained valuable knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and health supplements. She complemented this experience with studies in Oriental Medicine.
Tamara loves spending time with her family, knitting, dancing, experimenting with essential oils and healing herbs, and cooking new healthy recipes.
We have two lovely cats who live in our home, but will be out exploring during school hours and will not be in contact with the children. We have an air purifier to ensure a good quality of air inside the classroom.
We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.