Our philosophy is child-centered, play-based, and in unity with nature. Play is an active, child-initiated process that supports children’s learning throughout the domains of physical, social/emotional, creative, science, math, language and literacy.
Through play, children actively pose problems, explore solutions and develop understandings of real world concepts of form and function. By comparing and contrasting information gained from each new experience to what they already know, they are actively constructing their knowledge of how the world works.
We are Spanish bilingual program that focuses on immersive bilingual early learning. Children learn a language most successfully when it can be acquired in the same way as their first (native) language. This is what we implement consistently in everyday situation and make the language an integral, natural part of the children’s day at Pequeñas Semillas.
Join the Pequeñas Semillas 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 Pequeñas Semillas 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/pequenassemillas/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.
Pequeñas Semillas is located in Glassell Park, in a quiet and family friendly neighborhood. We are bordered by Glendale, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Atwater Village, and Silver Lake. We are minutes from Downtown Los Angeles.
The school is based out of a single family home, with dedicated areas that have been arranged by age groups. We also provide an outdoor play area, where children can ride tricycles, play in the sandbox, splash in the water table, and explore other age appropriate materials. Part of our outside time will include going on a walk around the neighborhood a few times each week. Our garage has been converted into a mini art studio, where children can use their creativity and express themselves.
In our play spaces, children can make their own discoveries independently or with friends, and feel confident in the choices they make.
Pequeñas Semillas Wonderschool strives to provide a safe, healthy, secure and nurturing environment for the children and families. We aim to be a home away from home.
We appreciate children as free, active, feeling and thinking human beings. We want your child to experience joy, wonder, concentration, unity and satisfaction. We recognize the importance of play as a central, integrating element in your child’s development and learning.
Our Approach to Discipline
Praise and positive reinforcement are effective methods of behavior management of children.When children receive positive, nonviolent and understanding interactions from adults and others, they develop good self- concepts, problem solving abilities and self-discipline. Based on this belief, Pequeñas Semillas Wonderschool uses a positive approach to discipline.
Maria Denova, Director & Head Teacher
Maria Denova has been working in the Child Development field for 13 years. She holds an AA degree in Child Development and has completed in Infant/Toddler Teacher and Preschool Teacher Certificate program. In addition, she has a Child Development Teacher permit.
Maria has worked with children ranging in age from infants through school age, but mainly with infants and toddlers. She recently went back to school to attend a Speech Pathology Assistant Program. Maria is the mom of three children: a teenager, a preschooler, and a toddler. Her children are her inspiration to open her in-home program.
Maria is excited to open the door of her home to do what she loves most – working with children! She believes that it is vital for children to grow in a fun, fulfilling, and enriching environment. Maria looks forward to working with your family!
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.