Bilingual Mandarin/English in a loving, safe environment!
At Walnut Creek Wonderschool, we believe that children should have fun while stimulating their minds. We practice a play-based, emergent curriculum, shaping our activities and programs based on what the children enjoy and are interested in. The curriculum builds by adults carefully observing children’s interests and questions, and then building upon them in imaginative ways. In this way, learning becomes individualized. Our emergent curriculum is shaped in a play-based environment, which we believe is critical to engage the interests of this age group. Instruction will be in Chinese and English.
Join the Walnut Creek 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 Walnut Creek Wonderschool unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule a Tour” form. You can also email us at email@example.com or call (925) 948-0577.
3. Apply to enroll
Complete an online admissions application here: http://www.wonderschool.com/walnutcreek/apply
We are located in a sunny townhome in a quiet neighborhood in Walnut Creek. Children will be able to enjoy our backyard with a sandbox and garden. There is also a park nearby.
At Walnut Creek Wonderschool, we truly believe that children learn by playing, exploring, and observing, and we are there to provide them with different materials and techniques to spark their creativity. Director Faith incorporates her background in art and music through creative projects using various mediums and textiles. We also emphasize the importance of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle through exercise, fresh food, and cooking together. We incorporate outdoor space for children to play, including a lovely garden where children can explore. In addition to a grassy backyard, there is also a park within walking distance of the school. The personalized nature of our school will make your child feel like it’s a home away from home.
Faith Ho, Director & Head Teacher
Director Faith Ho was born in Taipei, Taiwan, attended school in England, and moved to California in 2007. She earned her B.A from the University of London in fine art textiles. After her son was born, she became interested in early childhood education. This led to her working in several child care centers in the Bay Area and Walnut Creek. Now, she is finally achieving her dream of owning her own school. She loves art, music (she plays cello and piano), and cooking healthy food. She has enjoyed teaching Chinese to her five-year-old son, and wants to share that with other children.
What is Mandarin-language instruction? What if my child doesn’t speak Mandarin?
Students are provided a developmentally appropriate bilingual environment. They are provided with listening, speaking, learning rhymes and songs, reading books in both English and Mandarin. How dual language instruction might look is, instructions will be communicated in both English and Mandarin. When working with kids one-on-one, children who have Mandarin exposure at home, may be spoken to 100% in Mandarin. Children who are just starting to learn Mandarin will be taught key vocabulary words in Mandarin, and build upon their skills as they go.
What is the school’s philosophy on screen time?
There is zero TV watching at Walnut Creek Wonderschool. We are a school program that happens to take place in a loving home environment. We like to spend the day immersed in play, learning, and connecting with each other. Please refer to our rhythm of the day to see a sample of what we do on a daily basis.
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.