Washington Learning Center
910 14th St N
New Ulm, MN 56073
Welcome to Washington Learning Center
“Learning for fun, learning for growth, learning for life.”
The Washington Learning Center will be home to the learners of all ages. ECFE, preschool, kindergarten, and Community Education will fill our building along with external programs such as Head Start and from Greater Minnesota Family Services the SEED (Social Emotional Enrichment & Development) program. We look to offer inclusive preschool and kindergarten programs that are not only based on national and state academic standards, but play based learning and outdoor environmental experiences.
The children will experience an new P.L.A.Y. (Purposeful play that enhances Language development and Academic skills for all Young learners) room. Albert Einstein state, “Play is the highest form of research.” This quote is the philosophy behind the development of a P.L.A.Y. room for the children enrolled at Washington. The P.L.A.Y. room will be a creative, engaging, and flexible space designed to develop children’s love of learning, self esteem and self worth, cooperation, build curiosity, problem solve, learn about the world around them, and problem solve. In the P.L.A.Y. room the children will engage in a variety of forms of play including large and small motor, mastery, rules based, construction, make believe, symbolic, language, arts, sensory, rough and tumble, and risk taking. The experience is designed to offer daily play experiences and socio dramatic interactions that would enhance and improve language development and mathematical reasoning along with differentiated learning to meet individual needs.
The outdoor learning environment will provide all Early Childhood (EC), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), kindergarten, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and Head Start programs with an unique innovative educational experience. An outdoor learning environment is an extension of the indoor classroom that provides unique opportunities for learning and enrichment for children of all ages. An outdoor learning environment would provide a unique opportunity for the students to learn in nature and includes a full range of activities including those that cannot be replicated within the indoor classroom. The outdoor learning environment offers a balance of areas for physical activity and for less active play/learning. Some of the benefits include expanded opportunities for the use of language, problem solving, and communications skills. Opportunities to teach and reinforce science and math concepts, integration of multiple learning styles, opportunities to strengthen cooperative play/learning, physical development, as well as increases in attention, planning and organization skills. It also provides unique opportunities for child initiated learning experiences and activities that are aligned to children’s interests, which lays the foundation for our district’s mission: to create a regional center of academic and social excellence for all children.
Upon the opening of the newly renovated Washington Learning Center, watch for the exterior and interior spaces, gardens and natural learning spaces to continually change and be developed. We are very excited to offer a kindergarten experience that is unique and designed to focus on the whole child in an experiential educational setting.
Please mark your calendars for Washington Learning Center’s upcoming important dates:
Kindergarten Packet Pick-Up Week
Monday, August 14, 2017 – Friday, August 18, 2017, 7:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. daily
All kindergarten forms/packets will be available for pickup in the Washington Learning Center Office from 7:00am – 3:30pm, Monday, August 14, 2017 – Friday, August 18, 2017. This will allow time for all forms to be completed and returned at your child’s entrance conference. When you pick up your child’s packet please make sure to also sign up for an entrance conference time that works for you.
Kindergarten Entrance Conference Dates/Times:
Kindergarten Entrance conferences will each be 45 minutes in length & will provide you & your child the important opportunity to come get more familiarized with the school, your child’s classroom & their teacher. Conference dates & times are as follows:
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 & Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 3:30 P.M. -7:30 P.M.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 & Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
First Day of School for Kindergarten:
The first day of school for kindergarten students will be Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Start & Dismissal Times at Washington Learning Center:
Washington Learning Center’s school day begins at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M.