1. Teaching Philosophy
We offer a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum which is interest-based, child-led learning here at WOLO. Some private schools such as Urban Academy, Stratford Hall, and York House to name a few, also offer the same type of curriculum for good reason. The theory is that when children are learning something that they are interested in, they can learn well beyond their capacity. Or at least, what we think their capacity is.
2. Early Education
We are an education centre in Vancouver that offers preparatory programs for preschool, kindergarten or private school. We value learning at a young age and believe that children learn more quickly during this time than at any other time in life. Research has shown the emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on the overall development and what kind of adult they will become. We believe that investing in early learning is so important to maximize their future well-being.
At WOLO, we offer a flexible model of care for families. Some join us for the entire school year with the option of taking vacation breaks without having to pay for a spot they are not attending. For example, the conventional group child care or preschool system requires you to pay for your spot for the entire school year regardless of how many days you are away sick or on vacation. We on the other hand, offer flexibility for families so they are only paying for the days they attend. This model works well for travelling families, shift workers, the self-employed, families with nanny share, etc.
4. School of Arts
Our School of Arts offers piano lessons, various musical instrument lessons which includes the ukulele, guitar, harp, and group music lessons such as piano, band and choir. We follow the Happy Keys program which is also a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Students lead the direction of the curriculum while the teachers facilitate to their interests and needs.
ALL our teachers are either ECE or B.ED certified teachers who are trained in the Emergent curriculum. We have a background in early childhood education, kindergarten, and elementary school as well as psychology.
Our centre has been designed by renowned child care designer Ye Chu who has designed over 20 licensed childcare centres in the lower mainland. Our grand 32 feet high ceilings offer natural light and a feeling of openness. The natural grain cabinetry and flooring resembles the natural resources of Vancouver.
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We are excited to offer the Happy Keys Piano Program at WOLO School of Arts! The Happy Keys Piano Program is not a method book, but rather a philosophy of teaching and learning. At WOLO School of Arts, Miss Donna (our co-founder) founded the Happy Keys Piano Program during her 10 years of teaching. With her background as a highly sought after piano teacher and elementary school teacher, she is inspired and aspires to make piano learning fun, educational and engaging for all beginners.
We highlight 8 reasons WHY your child needs WOLO piano lessons.
1. AMAZING TEACHERS
All our teachers are highly sought after, educated and passionate about teaching. Our team can teach ALL AGES (yes, as young as 3 years old) and we only bring on the BEST! We select our teachers who match our WOLO philosophy of teaching. We are RCM trained and offer highly individualized and personalized learning. We LOVE teaching and working with children!
2. PARENT INVOLVEMENT & CONSULTATION
Our School Of Arts director, Miss Donna is delighted to be there for parents. We specialize in education as we are certified teachers and we understand how important parent involvement is. This can be during or outside of class. Parents are encouraged to work together with their child's teacher to create a positive learning environment during class and at home.
3. REWARDS PROGRAM
Our program is based on the merits of perseverance, confidence, and effort! We provide fun challenges for students and parents while working towards their goals.
4. SPECIALIZE IN BEGINNER'S PIANO LESSONS
We specialize in beginner's piano lessons for all ages. We approach our programs with the understanding that at each developmental level, students retain information and learn differently. We look into our student's goals, motivations, beliefs and assist in discovering new sides of ourselves.
5. REGGIO INSPIRED PROGRAM
How are our lessons Reggio inspired? We ask our students questions, we guide them by encouraging them to explore, discover, and create. If a child is interested in dinosaurs, we can find songs with dinosaurs, use dinosaur figurines to learn notes on the piano and off the piano, create a song about dinosaurs, use figurines as practice motivators and many more!
We believe recital performances should be a time to celebrate our successes and gather to build community and a fun experience for everyone! We host a potluck after our recitals as we see our students and families as part of the WOLO family.
7. WOLO EXPERIENCE & LESSONS
The WOLO experience is about learning, growth and compassion. We value customer's feedback, our team's feedback and working together to create a better experience. Lessons for children at our centre is not only about dropping your child off to lessons. We strive to get to know our parents, building relationships with families and students and create community.
Our lessons include following a curriculum but also off the staff activities, games and working on building our student's confidence. Each class may be different and exciting!
Not only can you take piano lessons, but you can also learn other instruments if piano is not your forte. Such as guitar, voice, harp, etc. Join us for a camp, yoga, dance and many other activities. We are a growing ONE-STOP-SHOP and we love creating new programs!
Want to become a "VIP" Very Important Pianist at WOLO? Join our waitlist for a free trial private lesson now! Click here.
Miss Monica & Miss Donna recently participated in the Vancouver Baby & Family Fair! It was our first trade show and also our first time doing presenting on stage! We had a lot of fun meeting everyone. Thank you to all the families who dropped by! Here are some photos to recap!
Don't forget. We are currently offering FREE trial music lessons and 2 FREE hours of child care!
Sign up here or give us a call at 604-829-1346!
We are just updating our online method of signing up for programs, child care and payments. We have been using Amilia but we are taking it off our website. Families who are using the program can still book for child care online.
Please give us a call for any registrations or email us!
We are happy to help you! :)
Why would you want to massage your baby....
There are many benefits to massaging for both you and your baby!
* massage can promote bonding and attachment to parents/guardians
* encourage verbal and non verbal communication
* develop love and trust between parent/guardians
* create a sense of respect and value for babies
* can stimulate all systems in the body (circulatory, digestive, immune, hormonal)
* aid in muscular development and growth, coordination and balance
* creates mind/body awareness to babies that might seem disorganized
* may offer relief from cramps, gas, constipation or general tummy troubles
* may provide relieve from growing pains, muscle tension, teething discomfort
* can help to promote relaxation for baby and you
* can regulate behavioural states
* may improve sleep patterns
* may increase flexibility and muscle tone
* space for parents/guardians to connect with other parents
* a fun atmosphere to learn in
This is an inclusive class for all family dynamics and encourages both parents to engage in massaging baby. This class is best for infants under the age of 12 months.
* massage movements for the whole body
* theory on the benefits of massage
* theory on behavioural states of babies
* education on what oils to use on your baby
* open discussion time for parents to share on any topic pertaining to their baby or parenting
* snacks and drinks during discussion time
* extra dolls for parents to practice massage movement if their baby isn't in the mood
* a non judgment place for babies and parents to be authentically themselves
* crying babies, crawlers, squirmers, feeders and all babies in between are welcome
To sign up for the 5 week classes please visit www.wonderoflearning.ca or call (604) 829-1346
Classes begin on Friday September 22nd - October 15th from 10am - 12pm
We are super EXCITED for you to see our program guide. We will be adding more programs but for now, let's explore what we have to offer. Welcome to our first EVER program guide! Download here.
Parents, we are now more than just a flexible child care learning centre and school of arts! We FOCUS on wellness and wellbeing, community and introducing new exciting programs and workshops for all ages. We would like to be a place where you can come with the option to learn in various ways...through the wonder of learning. This is our first brochure and we appreciate any feedback.
Don't forget to download a copy for yourself! :*) We hope the visual helps with learning more about our centre.
In the meantime, we are currently offer OVER 25 FREE TRIAL CLASSES from September 12th - September 23rd for BACK-TO-SCHOOL! Please check out our promotions area.
Next, we will begin again on September 5th for the School of Arts school year. We are currently on our way to our second month since opening WOLO. We have an amazing and excellent group of passionate teachers and educators on board! We believe we offer more than just your typical lessons and classes...
We are happy to create a package for you to make your day and time here valuable and memorable. Please give us a call at 604-829-1346 for a direct inquiry during office hours. We look forward to serving our Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood and all neighbourhoods surrounding our area. We create WOLO for our families and what we envision learning is...
Our vision is to instil a love of exploring and to inspire children and all learners through the wonder of learning.
We look forward to meeting you soon! :)
Miss Donna & Miss Monica & WOLO TEAM
SEPT 11th - 23rd
FREE TRIAL CLASSES WEEK
Get your calendars ready! We have a week of FREE trial classes for almost all of our programs. We are excited to offer so many new programs at WOLO! Our teachers are experienced, passionate and super excited to serve our growing community and families. We LOVE what we do and our teachers are AMAZING. Please read more about them here. We hope to see you soon!
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. REGISTER EARLY TO SAVE YOUR SPOT!
Please pre-register by calling 6048291346 OR emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT 12 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Moonbeam 1 (.5-5.5yrs)
SEPT 12 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunbeam 1 (4.5-5.5yrs)
SEPT 12 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunshine 1 (3.5-4.5yrs)
SEPT 12 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunrise (2.5-3.5yrs)
SEPT 15 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Yoga & Mindfulness (3-5yrs)
SEPT 15 FREE TRIAL CLASS: IAIM Infant Massage Class By Vama Life Wellness
SEPT 15 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Youth Choral Project (7-18yrs)
SEPT 15 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Vocal Band (7-18yrs)
SEPT 15 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Stage Movement (9-18 Years Old)
SEPT 15 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Musical Connections (10-18yrs)
SEPT 16 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Preschool Dance (2.5-4yrs)
SEPT 16 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Ballet (4-6yrs)
SEPT 16 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Moonbeam 1
SEPT 16 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunbeam 1 (4.5-5.5yrs)
SEPT 16 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunshine 1 (3.5-4.5yrs)
SEPT 16 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunrise (2.5-3.5yrs)
SEPT 19 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Mixed Media Art & Sculpture (6-8 Year Olds)
SEPT 19 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Mixed Media Art & Sculpture (9-12 Year Olds)
SEPT 19 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Moonbeam 1
SEPT 19 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunbeam 1 (4.5-5.5yrs)
SEPT 19 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunshine 1 (3.5-4.5yrs)
SEPT 19 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunrise (2.5-3.5yrs)
SEPT 21 FREE TRIAL CLASS: ArtPlay (6-12 Year Olds)
SEPT 21 FREE TRIAL CLASS: ArtPlay (6-12 Year Olds)
SEPT 21 FREE TRIAL CLASS: ArtPlay (6-12 Year Olds)
SEPT 23 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Moonbeam 1
SEPT 23 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunbeam 1 (4.5-5.5yrs)
SEPT 23 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunshine 1 (3.5-4.5yrs)
SEPT 23 FREE TRIAL CLASS: Sunrise (2.5-3.5yrs)
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the wonderful vendors and WOLO friends and neighbours for making this event so amazingly unforgettable! It was nice to finally meet all the beautiful faces in our neighbourhood. Here's a snippet of the day. Enjoy!
Special thanks to our vendors and sponsors:
New Spirit Arrivals - Birth & Post Partum services) http://www.newspiritarrivals.ca/
New Spirit Arrivals Birth + Postpartum Services
Vama Life Wellness
Birth Doula CD(DONA)/ Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (IPPA)
VAMA Life Wellness
Arbonne - Vegan Company
The August Market
The August Market
Kikis Delivery Service
A Healthy Beginning
A Healthy Beginning
Shop Paper Scissors
Shop Paper Scissors
Vancouver Women's Library
Music with Marc!
Special performance by our resident guitar, ukelele, band and voice teacher!
Art with Claudia!
Create art with our resident art teacher Miss Claudia!
Math with Voimen!
Pallet Coffee Roasters
Happy Keys Music Piano at Wonder Of Learning Organization School of Arts
Wolo School of Arts
Fusion DJ Entertainment
We are excited to finally make our long awaited announcement.
Construction has just begun so we are now ready to share the news!
For those of you who have followed us since we started our journey in 2014, we are sincerely thankful and appreciative for your support. It is because of you, our students, and our community that we continued on with our dreams of finally opening a child care centre.
Now many of you may already know that Miss Donna is a part of Happy Keys Music Studio "HKMS" which we will be merging together to become "WOLO" School Of Arts & Flexible Child Care Learning Centre!
Our location will be:
We are opening in Spring 2017!
Our waitlist for our flexible child care learning centre is OFFICIALLY OPEN. If you joined before then you are already on our waitlist. If you wish to join, please respond to this email or submit to this form: http://www.wonderoflearning.ca/contact.html
We are in the process of updating more information online, so please stay tuned for registration information as we will contact you then.
We are on Instagram!
Follow us for live updates on the construction process and continuous program documentation from our mobile classes (contests coming soon!): @wonderoflearning
Miss Donna & Miss Monica
Coral + Cloud creates modern, hand-made, hand-painted wooden bead jewelry and decor pieces that are versatile and fun, that add a pop of colour to any outfit or room.
Necklaces and bracelets are one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces strung on up-cycled fabric. They come in sizes for toddler to adult and are always both stylish and comfortable. Designs are often asymmetrical but are balanced at the same time. Both sizes are made in similar colours so that they can be coordinated (eg, for mama and child, gifts for friends, etc.).
Mobiles and garlands are suitable for a nursery, child's room, or make a great accent piece or centrepiece in any room of the house.
Coral + Cloud is a home-based, mostly one-woman operation - Miko designs and hand makes jewelry and decor items made of wooden beads and t-shirt fabrics. Her most popular items are her kids necklaces. I love that they are durable, comfortable, metal-free, and so fun and colourful. She launched her Etsy shop in 2014, not knowing if it would be more than just a hobby, but it's now a full time job!
How do you juggle running a business while being a mom?
It's tough! You never really get to close up shop and leave for the day, and there's always work to be done after I put my daughter to bed. But what I love is that I have a flexible schedule and I'm able to do school drop offs and pick ups, and spend time with Saya after school. So I guess it really is a juggling act - both balls (work and kids) are always in the air - but I wouldn't have it any other way.
What do you find most challenging?
I never thought I'd run my own business because I'm not a big fan of instability and uncertainty (who is?). So I find the ups and downs stressful. And I'm not very good at promoting myself, so in that sense I guess I'm not much of a "hustler" but I know I need to work harder on promoting the business, and understand it's not about promoting myself, but my products.
What advice would you offer mother’s who would like to start a business?
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to others - it can feel isolating starting up a business, especially if it's from home, but there's a community of women out there who are very supportive, have lots of advice, and can become potential collaborators. Also, don't give up - it is such a roller coaster owning a business, but you'll learn from your mistakes.
What are the future plans for your business?
I feel like I'm still in the early stages of growing my business, so there's a lot I'd like to accomplish! I hope to be able to launch my own web shop soon (not just sell on Etsy), and also hope to hire help for painting, so I can focus more time on designing and marketing. As always, I want to expand my product line and do more interesting collabs with other cool women makers.
Coral + Cloud