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AT WAHLSTROM EARLY CHILDHOOD ACADEMY LEARNING CAN AND SHOULD BE FUN!


Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy

East Orange School District Vision Station:
The East Orange School District aspires to be the educational model of excellence for learning within the state of New Jersey.

MOTTO

Rising to Standard of Excellence

MISSION STATEMENT

The East Orange Board of Education is dedicated to creatinglearning environment and educational opportunities that cultivate competitive well-rounded students.

Special Formula:

Supportive parents + Highly Qualified Teachers + Research Based Instructional Program + Nurturing Environment = Academic Success.


Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy aspires to provide excellence in literacy and critical thinking skills to enhance all area of instruction, curriculum and assessment. Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy aspires to further educate the parents and its community members to become of excellence within our school culture.

Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy is more than a school; it is an opportunity to experience the "Joy of Learning." Wahlstrom Academy provides a learning environment for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in which each child's intellectual, emotional† and social growth is carefully cultivated and guided. The teachers at Wahlstrom Academy are trained as specialists in the area of Early Childhood Education. Wahlstrom's grade level configuration consist of six (6) Tools of the Mind classrooms for pre-kindergarten and five (5) kindergarten† classroom using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journey's curriculum.
Tools of the Mind is an early childhood curriculum designed to foster children's self-regulation, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Current research shows that self-regulation (both cognitive and social-emotional) has a stronger association with school readiness than IQ or entry-level reading or math skills. Good self-regulation includes the the ability to stay on task, ignore distractions and hold two strategies in mind at the same time, as well as the development of self-discipline and motivation to succeed.
Houghton Mifflin Journeys supports the Common Core† Standards by emphasizing systematic instruction in the area of reading, fluency, writing, speaking and listening and language. The program provides ample practice and application of these skills, using a variety of meaningful resources and activities suited to different types of learners to reinforce instruction and learning. The Common Core State Standards are a set of internationally benchmarked standards that will provide student throughout the country with the rigorous learning experience they need to be successful in school and beyond. Learning opportunities are also provided to our students through the use of technology instruction. Our children utilize iPads, Laptops, desktops computers, and participate in national internet projects such as "Let's Say Thanks" (a project to write letters to our math and language instruction to our students. Literacy enhancement activities are also a focal point at Wahlstrom, including the Pizza Hut Book-It Program, and our in school "Terrific Thirty Book Club." Walhstrom provides (our GT children were the 1st. Junior Environment Ambassadors for the City of East Orange). We are also extremely pleases that our kindergarten students continue to win educational award in Essex County.