Class Descriptions

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    Starting preschool is an exciting milestone in your child’s life. Your child is embarking on a journey that will lead them on many roads of discovery and learning. For many children preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of other children. It’s an opportunity to learn, to share, follow instructions, and expand their social, language, and thinking skills. Preschool helps build a solid foundation that children need for the learning that takes place once they move on to elementary school.

    Small Wonders offers many different options for students who live in the Lakeville school district as well as surrounding districts. Take a look at the classes that Small Wonders offers.

    Small Wonders Classic

    • Traditional 2.5 hour sessions for children ages 3-6
    • Class options for children one or two years before kindergarten
    • Choose from 2-5 days per week
    • Curriculum is a precursor to Lakeville Area Public Schools – District 194 kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum
    • Focus is on building social and motor skills, math readiness, communication, and reading/pre-reading skills

    Small Wonders Junior Academy

    The Junior Academy is for children who are 3 on or before September 1, 2023 who have 2 years of preschool left before starting kindergarten. This class will meet from 9:00 to 3:00 Monday through Friday. If you need child care around your preschool schedule be sure to check out the Wonder Zone Child Care offerings! Children enrolled in the Full Day Junior Academy must be able to toilet independently. There will be a school lunch option for an additional charge or you may bring in a peanut free lunch from home. Students will be provided a quiet time option to recharge after lunch. The Junior Academy preschool experience is designed to support your child’s development, and create a foundation for your child’s future academic, emotional and social success. Our curriculum and activities focus on building confidence, independence, academic and social skills. The Full day Junior Academy offers:

    • A foundation for academic and social growth
    • Learning spaces, time and activities that coincide with emotional, social, cognitive & physical abilities
    • A nurturing environment where children feel safe and valued
    • Costumes, props and toys designed to nurture natural curiosity and creativity through make-believe play
    • Experiences that lead to increased competence and self-confidence
    • Language, observation and problem solving skills
    • Hands-on games and activities that introduce early literacy and math skills
    • A structured setting designed to encourage social interaction and friendship

    Small Wonders All Day Academy

    • Full day option for children 1 year before kindergarten
    • Classes meet Monday through Friday — 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Each day consists of a full day of kindergarten readiness curriculum
    • Curriculum is a precursor to Lakeville Area Public Schools – District 194 kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum

    Five By Fall

    • Focus is on developmental and intellectual needs of students who are age eligible for kindergarten
    • Active learning experiences for that little extra boost
    • An option for one more year before kindergarten

    Wonder Zone

    • A Collaborative program between Small Wonders Preschool and Wonder Zone (Crystal Lake Education Center only)
    • Flexible child care options for preschoolers ages 3-6
    • Contract and register with Wonder Zone

2023-24 Preschool Schedule, Locations & Tuition

  • There is a $100 registration fee for all preschool classes. Fees are based on a 9 month program and divided into 9 equal payments. September’s tuition and the $100 registration fee will be charged once your registration is accepted. Small Wonders is a pre-pay program and tuition is collected one month in advance. The remaining 8 payments will begin September 1, 2023. Monthly tuition payments are due the first of each month beginning in September.

    3's and 4's Preschool - Two Years Before Kindergarten

    Must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2023 and be able to toilet independently.


    4's and 5's Preschool - One Year Before Kindergaren

    Must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2023 and be able to toilet independently.


  • To learn more about the Small Wonders Preschool, Summer or School Year programming, or to answer any questions, please contact: Ann Skokan at or 952-232-3001.

  • Small Wonders Location

    Crystal Lake Education Center
    16250 Ipava Ave.
    Lakeville, MN 55044