Manzanita Wonderschool of Hacienda Heights provides children with a safe, family-oriented environment where children can explore and interact using positive communication in efforts to empower self-esteem and positive social skills. We acknowledge that children learn best when exposed to the various learning modalities that will meet each child’s learning and developmental needs including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic activities. We also understand that each child learns best at their own pace, therefore giving each child ample time to complete tasks. One of our main goals is to provide a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors that will enable the children to tap into and develop their strengths. Since it is through social and peer interaction that children learn about the world, we emphasize the importance of building strong relationships with their peers and teacher(s) through both whole and small group activities.
One of the key beliefs at Manzanita Wonderschool is the importance to instill confidence in every child through social and educational interactions. It is essential that every child not only develops strong self-esteem, but also learns to teach others with respect. We encourage children to communicate by using their words in order to have their needs met, thus assisting in developing a broader vocabulary. We promote a positive environment by redirecting students, teaching conflict-resolution skills, modeling positive behavior, using praise words and giving children the ability to make proper choices.
Our curriculum embodies various learning based components which are developmentally appropriate for the students. An integral part of our curriculum includes learning centers that allow children to explore and develop their educational strengths. The children will also be able to learn through creative play as they dress up in various costumes and interact verbally with their peers. We will also implement whole group activities that will promote critical thinking skills that will encompass from performing experiments to doing guided cooking lessons. Children will also enjoy participating in the vibrant art lessons as they listen to music. In addition, physical activity is also an important component of Manzanita Wonderschool, children will be able to run, explore and do whole guided age appropriate exercises that will benefit them physically and mentally. Finally, children will also be given Spanish lessons that will allow them to learn the basics of a second language. Manzanita Wonderschool will provide a safe, and enriching environment where your child can blossom into a confident and loving individual.
Join the Manzanita community in four easy steps:
1. Explore our website
We’ve provided information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program may be right for your family.
2. Tour the school
Come see what makes Manzanita Wonderschool unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule Tour” form.
3. Submit an Enrollment Application
If you would like to enroll, please submit an application at www.wonderschool.com/manzanita/apply – Please note that we require tours for all prospective families. Do not submit an application if you have not toured.
After reviewing your application, we’ll send an enrollment invitation. Upon accepting your invitation, you’ll pay your deposit (usually equal to one month’s tuition), fill out enrollment documents and review our Parent Handbook.
Manzanita Wonderschool is located in the friendly and pleasant city of Hacienda Heights. The one floor family home is located on a cul-de-sac street next to the foothills. The children have a breathtaking view of the green hilltop from the backyard. There is a hiking trail nearby that lends itself for soothing mild walks, exploration and other physical activity. There is the Countrywood Park nearby where the children can run and engage in an age appropriate playground. Manzanita Education is conveniently situated about 5 minutes from the San Gabriel 60 Freeway with a shopping center and restaurants.
Manzanita Wonderschool provides a safe and nurturing environment that allows children to thrive not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well. The children will be provided with different activities that will help develop their fine/gross motor skills and problem solving techniques.
We will include various learning centers such as dress up center (role play), puzzle center, math center, reading area and more. The children will have the opportunity to play with their classmates in the backyard during outdoor play. The children will have access to a small garden as they learn the process of growing and taking care of plants. Here at Manzanita Wonderschool, it is very important for children to learn the importance of team work to increase positive social skills. Through staff role modeling, children will continue to learn how to respect others and have others respect them.
Liliana Botello, Director & Head Teacher
Liliana holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She also has a Masters in Education from Mount St. Mary’s College. Liliana worked in a child development center at her college while she was an undergraduate student. In addition, she also attended California State University Los Angeles where she took credential courses. She was an elementary school teacher for 16 years. She taught first, second and fourth grade in three different schools within the Los Angeles Area. She has extensive experience working with children and creating a safe and enriching environment. She continues to maintain contact with former students and enjoys hearing of their current academic and social successes.
Liliana has three children of her own including an eighth grader, a fifth grader and a kindergartener. She loves promoting self-confidence in little ones by empowering them as they learn their strengths and help develop their personalities. In addition, Liliana was recently working as an educational parent facilitator for a non-profit organization. She gave trainings in elementary schools to parents discussing topics such as, the importance of providing key emotional needs for children and the effect it has on a child’s life. She emphasized to parents that a child who is emotionally well balanced has better opportunities both socially and academically Liliana is passionate about working with children and believes that parents and educators working together is key in a child’s successful upbringing.
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.