How do you approach conflict in the classroom?
When children experience a conflict, we support them in ways that not only solve the issue but also help with the skill-development needed for resolving conflict in positive and constructive ways on their own.
We help children understand the problems that cause their conflicts in ways that make sense to them. To assist preschoolers effectively in attempts at conflict resolution, we must remember where young children are, developmentally. For many preschoolers, this means helping define problems in terms of physical objects and concrete actions.
For example: “There’s a problem. Both of you want to use the truck and there is only one.” This helps the child understand what the problem is and that it is a shared one. After the problem is clearly stated, we give them the opportunity to figure out how they can solve the problem. We encourage children to talk to each other and offer suggestions if needed.
By explicitly defining the problem that causes the conflict and by brainstorming solutions, children develop problem-solving skills they can use to resolve their conflicts independently.
How long has your school been operating?
WPELC first opened its doors in September 1973. In 2013, we moved to our current facility and added two classrooms.
What happens if my child is not admitted?
Your child’s name will be placed in an unranked wait pool. Changes in the class rosters happen for various reasons. Family situations change, relocations happen, or families accept positions at other schools. We fill class openings from the wait pool in the same manner that the classes are filled – we balance each class by age and gender.
If a child is not admitted from the wait pool, that child may reapply for enrollment the following school year without paying another application fee.
How long do you keep your Admissions wait pool?
We keep the wait pool throughout the school year. Any family in the wait pool remains on the list for the current school year but must reapply the following school year.