Our Mission: Childhood is sacred time. At Seeds of Wonder Journey School, children learn about their world by engaging their natural curiosities and creativity, and are guided to become socially capable problem solvers in a progressive Jewish environment.
The care and learning that happen in the preschool years set the tone for a child’s development as a lifelong learner and as a member of a larger community.
We believe children are competent and capable and succeed when they are able to be co-constructors of their learning experience in an environment that speaks to their interests in an authentic way. We believe each person is uniquely created b'tzelem elohim (in God's image), and our role as professional preschool educators is to support each child’s development, learning and well-being.
Our teachers understand the importance of taking the time to listen to each child’s melody and it is equally important that each teacher is supported along his or her own professional journey to best serve the children and families with whom we work. We educate each child according to his/her own way. Our collective job is to nurture each child’s ability so that the child can grow and learn, and the school leadership does the same for the teachers and families.
Our preschool, kindergarten and school-age teachers have a genuine respect for the children as individuals, and for the children’s families, as the children’s first teachers. They work within a collaborative environment, with a community of critical colleagues who push each other to improve their craft and constantly strive for excellence together.
We believe in meeting all children and families and supporting them "where they are." This strategy requires that teachers and administrators know the child well and have good communication with the child's family. Our emotionally responsive preschool puts children at the center of all partnerships – teacher/child, parent/child, parent/teacher – each of these is a partnership, and each holds at its heart a sacred promise of expectations to fulfill.
In preschool, the continuum of developmentally appropriate expectations for our youngest students means that each child will be taught according to his or her unique learning style, and children are valued in their differences. This attitude supports the process of assisting each child in developing self-knowledge and insight about his/her own learning style, interests, and strengths. An essential component of our preschool philosophy is the creation of a community of caring adults who value and understand children AND each child, and who, in turn, feels supported in their roles as parents or teachers.
Our co-founders, Donna Smith Aranson (President) and Hannah Aranson Williams (Executive Director), are not only skilled educators with an abundance of experience working with children and their families in various elementary, preschool and daycare settings, they are a mother-daughter team who share a dream and a passion for bringing the very best in early education and childcare to their local community. Between them, they have more than 65 years of Early Childhood Education experience, including teaching, administration, and supporting children with special needs.
We proudly support progressive, liberal causes. We advocate for our youngest citizens and model for them how to find their voices in the world. We stand with marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ+ community, BIPOC and of all religious backgrounds, immigrants (both refugees and otherwise), and any otherwise disenfranchised/marginalized communities and families. We welcome respectful and helpful discussion around these subjects within the Seeds of Wonder community, with the intention of learning more about one another and our values, and always for the benefit of the children in our care.
Our child-centered philosophy and intentionally smaller class sizes set us apart from the other preschools, daycares and child care centers in Roswell!