Food and Nutrition 

A health breakfast, hot homemade lunch and 2 nutritious snacks are served every day. The children are encoraged to help prepare and serve our snacks.  I buy as much local and fresh, organic products as possible. We get a monthly farm boxes, and seasonly boxes of fruits and veggies and items from many local farmers. I post a monthly lunch menu at the door and add photos of our lunches to our social media pages often. The children eat the foods I feed my family so you won't find any Kraft dinner, hot dogs or PB&J on your child's plate. Our meal patterns developed by a local chef ensure healthy balanced meals and snacks with a daily vegan option. ​Water is always avalible.

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.” 

-David Sobel

Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE)

Learning in the outdoors is a powerful and meaningful platform for life­long learning for all learners. Outdoor education is much more than learning outdoor skills, it is avenue for personal and group development. Moreover, it provides authentic experiences for students to grow in the skills required to be an engaged 21st century citizen. In addition, the out of doors provides a unique space to explore curricula for all subject matter. Students are also able experience the life­long physical and mental benefits of an active outdoor lifestyle.

Four Pillars of Outdoor, Environmental and Experiential Education at WHL are:

1.     Character Education

2.     Environmental/ Ecological Education

3.     Wellness Education

4.     Outdoor Skills

2022 Specialty Classes

In addition to all our weekly activities, we offer enrichment activities at no additional cost to enhance your child's childcare experiences. The following programs to augment our daily learning

The DAP App. (Physical Literacy)

Little Artists (Visual Arts)

Incredible Cooking (Cooking virtually with a chef) 

Ready, Set , Explore (Nature based Pen Pal Program)

1000 Books Before Kindergarden (Literacy)

1K Hours Outside (Outdoor Programming)

We also listen to the Gumdrop Readers Podcast and have mindfulness and meditation time weekly.

“It is necessary, then, to give the child the possibility of developing according to the laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than we dared hope for him.”

— Maria Montessori

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”


Evidence based Social Emotional Learning

Social-emotional skills like kindness, and self-regulation will contribute to childrens overall success in life. One study found that social-emotional wellness in kindergarten correlated with success up until age 25.¹

Activities that help Identify and label feelings (your own and others’) is a valuable life skill that takes lots of practice.  We participate in morning check in and daily practice identifying how we feel.

Being able to identify and label feelings is a great start. Knowing what to do when unsettling feelings come up is the next step. Feelings like anger, sadness, and confusion will undoubtedly arise from time to time. We use social-emotional activities to help the children learn how to cope in a safe environment. 


 Smart Risk Play 

Allowing little ones to take developmentally-appropriate risks can help them learn how to safely navigate their environment. 

There are six categories of risky play: 

• Great Heights – Climbing and balance.

• High Speed – Riding a bike, running, sliding. 

• Dangerous Elements – Playing near water. 

• Rough and Tumble – Wrestling/play fights.

• Lost/Disappear – Hide-and-go-seek.

• Dangerous Tools – Using a hammer.

Benefits of risky play include an increase in self-confidence, resilience, and creativity, as well as an understanding of limits, safety measures, and how to cope in stressful situations.

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” 

– Howard Zinn

Eco Conscious Care 

With resources dwindling and the population growing, leading a sustainable lifestyle is more important than ever, especially when it comes to our children. Teaching them how to live sustainably early in their life can help them make more environmentally conscious choices as they grow.

It’s a rather unfortunate fact that children today are becoming alarmingly disconnected from nature and the great outdoors. While the advancement in technology has made leaps and bounds in the classroom environment, it does nothing to help foster a healthy appreciation for the Earth itself. That’s why we  make it our mission to connect children with the world around them by  spending time outdoors in nature engaging in free exploration and by including Earth stewardship in our OEE and indoor programs.