of the wild
Of the Wild is a Nature Preschool for children aged 3-5. We are a Reggio Emilia inspired inquiry-based preschool aimed at exposing children to experiences in nature to help them grow, develop and learn through an inquiry-based approach. Our curriculum organically stems from children’s unique questions and interests. Educators act as observers and researchers alongside children to purposefully plan for future learning opportunities based on students’ questions, interests and needs. Inquiry promotes differentiation in learning and allows children to demonstrate their thinking at a rate that is developmentally appropriate.
Our Nature Preschool program offers a balance of explorations in our indoor and outdoor environments. We use nature as a venue for play and exploration in all seasons, strengthening the connection between children and their natural world. Children and educators have many opportunities for planned and unplanned natural learning, such as when an eagle soars overhead or a slug crosses their path. This then leads to further discussion and learning in our indoor classroom. Our outdoor environment is more than just a place to play. The environment is essentially the third educator in the program that helps spark children’s natural curiosity.
PEAK INTO A TYPICAL DAY
MEET the TEAM
Diana's love for working with children and learning is what brought her into the field of education. She has her B.A in Psych and her B.Ed with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of Calgary. Diana previously taught Kindergarten for 2 and a half years and spent some time working with elementary grades at the Calgary Board of Education. Diana grew up in the small town of Nanton, Alberta and moved to Calgary as a teenager. She loves to read, travel and enjoys watching movies of all kinds – but most of her time is now spent with her daughter who is growing up too quickly! Diana is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new and exciting food.
Brenna recently moved to Alberta from British Columbia where she worked in both preschools and daycares. Having a large family, children have always been part of her life and it was natural for Brenna to get her Early Childhood Education Diploma from Langara College in Vancouver. She enjoys doing art projects, science, and story time with the children. She likes to spend her time painting, exploring what our beautiful city and province have to offer, and snuggling her two bulldogs!
Rainey assists in the Willows classroom helping and teaching our preschoolers prepare for Kindergarten! Rainey has a strong love and passion for working with children of all ages. She is a mother of two wonderful teenagers and enjoys watching them play football and basketball. In the classroom, Rainey loves to see the spark of learning take off as children learn something new everyday!
Maria’s love of languages and literature has brought her to Of the Wild Nature Preschool. Maria has over 7 years of education experience. She previously worked for 6 years as a French teacher for Preschool, Kindergarten and grades 1 through 6. In 2015 she moved to Calgary with her family and secured a position as a Grade 2 Teaching Assistant. We are excited to have Maria incorporate French in the classroom!
Lisa has spent the last 13 years coaching gymnastics as a fully trained level 2 certified gymnastics instructor. It was while coaching that she discovered her true love of teaching children and decided to expand her knowledge to teach preschool. After having a son and daughter of her own she went ahead and did her Montessori training and became a level 1 certified Montessori teacher. It wasn't until last June that she stumbled upon Wee Wild Ones and instantly fell in love with the job and wanted to became part of their team! She loves working with the preschoolers and is thrilled to be expanding her knowledge and teaching with the children in the Pinecones class!
Tracy is part of the Ferns team, helping and teaching our preschool children to prepare for Kindergarten! She is also a yoga teacher and loves to teach kids of all ages at the centre, during our weekly yoga classes with Ms. Tracy. Inside the classroom, Tracy can always be found reading, exploring and engaging in deep conversations with the children. Tracy is passionate about photography and runs her own photography business, capturing beautiful family portraits.
Andrew was born and raised right here in Calgary, Alberta. He has been coaching youth soccer through South West United for the past 5 years. He was also an at home dad for 4 years. During this time Andrew found his true calling - helping and teaching children! He has started his journey to gain more certifications, training, and knowledge through the Of the Wild/Wee Wild Ones organization. Andrew still enjoys childhood past times such as comics, superheroes, video games and sports. He is young at heart and has a huge imagination - making him a perfect fit here at Of the Wild.
Monica is part of our mother & daughter duo. They work as a team in our centre to teach our little ones. Monica has been working in child care for over two years and enjoys exploring outside with our preschoolers. On the weekend, Monica can be found walking her three dogs, Charlie, Coco, and Daisy.
Monica has over 20 years of experience teaching and working in child care and received her teaching degree outside of Canada. She has been working in preschools as a Program Director for the past 9 years, implementing the Reggio Emilia philosophy to teaching and learning. Monica is a mother of two girls, and enjoys drawing, reading and walking in her spare time. She is also bilingual and can speak Spanish, English, and some French.
Gurpreet has a Bachelors of Education and Masters in Science and Philosophy. She has over 10 years experience in teaching from India and over 1 year of experience teaching in Canada. Gupreet is blessed with two children and a loving husband. Her hobbies include Travelling, teaching , listening to music and shopping. We feel very lucky to have her as part of our team.
Katherine wears many hats at our centre. Not only is she the preschool director, but you will often find her in a classroom reading stories with the children and looking to help out anywhere she can.
Raavi graduated from Early Childhood Education from Sheridan College in Ontario and moved to Calgary after graduation. She has been working with children for over 3 years and loves creating pieces of art with her preschoolers. On the weekends, Raavi loves to explore nature, in Calgary’s favourite backyard, the Rocky Mountains!
Earrie has been in Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. She has four children and 6 grandchildren whom she loves dearly. She opened a daycare 25 years ago so she could spend more time with her family. She can always been found singing and dancing with the children and helping out wherever needed. On the weekends she volunteers at her church and has a passion for helping others.
Saly is a part time student working towards her degree in Social Work with a focus on Child Welfare at the University of Calgary. Her passion for Early Childhood Development comes from growing up in a big family of seven siblings. Saly has worked in childcare for 5 years and volunteers at Inn From the Cold on the weekends. You can always find Saly singing songs in the Blossoms room and reading stories to the Willows class. During her spare time she enjoys reading by the Bow River, biking along Inglewood and visiting the Farmers Market for handmade crafts.
Olivia received a Bachelors degree in Developmental Studies with a minor in Disability Studies, through University of Calgary. She is currently studying to achieve a Bachelors of Education through York University. She was a competitive swimmer for 13 years competing within, and outside of Canada. She has a passion for athletics, enjoys being active, and travelling. Olivia moved to Calgary from Toronto, Ontario and has been working with children in multiple settings for 6 years now.
PRESCHOOL 9:30AM-2:30PM, Monday - THursday
2 days - $383 (Tuesday/Thursday OR Monday/Wednesday)
4 days - $772 (Monday to Thursday)
A morning snack and a vegetarian lunch are included in the rates
PRESCHOOL + FULL-TIME CARE - 7:00AM - 6:00PM, Monday - FRIDAY
2 days - $709 (Tuesday/Thursday OR Monday/Wednesday*)
4 days - $1027 (Monday to Thursday)
5 days - $1215 (Monday to Friday)
A morning snack, vegetarian lunch and afternoon snack are included in the rates
We believe all children develop at their own pace; children do not need to be potty trained to join the preschool program.
north location ENROLLMENT is full for SEPTEMBER 2019. We ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING STUDENTS TO THE WAITLIST.
Currently accepting ENROLLMENT for south location.
How to register:
Complete EnrolLment FORM
WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INVOICE FOR $150 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE
UPON RECEIPT OF REGISTRATION FEE YOUR CHILD’S START DATE WILL BE CONFIRMED or POSition on the waitlist
Tuition is due on the 1st of every month, a $25 late fee is applied after 48 hours. We accept Visa, Mastercard, cheque and e-transfers for all monthly payments.
Tuition is based on an annual fee divided into equal monthly payments. Monthly fees do not change based on days attended or closures.
* Children registered in the 2 day Monday/Wednesday program are welcome to makeup any statutory holidays falling on a Monday by attending a Friday within the same month.