About

Located in Lafayette near 95th and Arapahoe. (photo above)

Wildflower Preschool looks to inspire young minds

Purpose & Philosophy

Wildflower Preschool is a neighborhood school that includes preschool and pre-K programs, serving children between the ages of 2 ½-6 years old.  The school is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm.  We operate according to the BVSD school annual calendar for major holidays, closures and inclement weather.

At Wildflower Preschool, we foster the child as a scientist; always experimenting, exploring nature, testing their hypotheses and continually molding their view of the world in which they live.   We support emergent curriculum, but incorporate periodic themes where we integrate several different learning areas including: Storybook Journeys, Science and Nature Exploration, Music and Movement, Sign Language, and Nutrition and Exercise.  Our teachers enrich the environment daily to encourage child-directed exploration and sensorial learning.  We establish daily home-like routines and incorporate gardening, cooking, art, free play, nature walks, and quiet time in order to bridge the child’s transition from the home to school. The development of social-emotional skills in our students is a key component in our classroom routines.  We use a purchased social-emotional curriculum called Second Step, as structure for our intentional instruction to support social and emotional competencies.

At Wildflower Preschool, our mission is to provide quality learning and care of the highest standard.  Our enriched environment promotes independent thinking and a positive self-image in all of our students.  We believe that children develop at their own pace and teachers are intended to scaffold, or assist, them in reaching their highest potential.  Our staff members consistently model respectful behaviors and healthy habits.  We follow the Pyramid Plus Model and use the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program to help teach our children positive social behaviors while we  focus on the strengths of each child.  Both programs encourage positive relationships between teachers and families while working to support the child.

Wildflower Preschool is dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles by staying active and eating nutritious meals.  Children attending the school will participate in weekly yoga lessons and hikes in the Boulder County Open Space.  We have a tricycle path and vehicles on our playground to allow for plenty of gross motor movement each day.  We also follow the guidelines of 5-2-1-0, or the “Let’s Go” campaign.  This model promotes 5 or more fruits and vegetables per day,  2 or less hours of screen time (Wildflower has NO screen time!), 1 hour or more of active play, and 0 sugary drinks.  Classroom schedules are designed to provide at the minimum 30 minutes of structured time and 30 minutes of unstructured time for physical activity each day, both indoors and outdoors.  Our school works closely with the Boulder County Public Health to provide nutritious, fresh and well-balanced morning and afternoon snacks.

Our curriculum reflects our healthy beliefs.  We incorporate nutritional education and games into our weekly routines.  We  focus our lessons on literacy and language development, by learning letter sounds, learning to recognize letters, and fostering a love of books and storytelling.  Science and math are incorporated into our lessons by way of graphing, counting, sorting, collecting, mixing, measuring, comparing and through structured experiments.  The children are regularly prompted to engineer objects as solutions to problems; Can you build a chair that Goldilocks won’t break when she sits down?  Can you create a house for the pigs that the wolf cannot blow down?  Can you make a ski jump for the Olympic ski jumpers?  How can we make the ramp faster?  How can we slow it down?

Our staff members are highly educated and trained to facilitate a strong, caring, and supportive community for our children.  Wildflower Preschool strongly believes in continued education and professional training.  Most of our staff have Masters degrees in Early Childhood, or related fields as well as specialized trainings such as Pyramid Plus, Filp It, and Touch Points.

General Daily Schedule:
7:30-8:30 Early Drop off in the Dragonfly Room, all students; greet friends and families, eat breakfast if needed, read stories, table activities, sensory table…
8:30-9:00 Before School Enrichment in designated classrooms; feed class pet(s), water plants, setting up for the day, explore daily prompts, greeting friends upon their arrival…
9:00-1:00 Preschool Class Time; working on projects, sharing meals together, exploring the environment inside and outdoors, singing songs, reading stories, experimenting, gardening and participating in activities…
1:00-5:00 Afternoon Enrichment; napping, resting, exploring the playground, sharing snack together, obstacle courses, interacting with families, saying farewell to friends, special activities, free-play, gardening, baking…
5:00-5:30 Evening Pick Up for all students; Loft Room or one of the classrooms, ending the day, dancing, yoga, interacting with families, saying goodbye to friends…