The Tribe (Kindergarten)

The Wigwam Academic Day School strives to foster holistic growth as a child develops emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually.  By setting individual, attainable goals in these four areas of skill development, we provide for successful adjustment to first grade.

 Why Wigwam?

  • experienced, creative, caring, consistent staff (low turnover rate)
  • many chances to experience everyday life outside of school (field trips galore!)
  • "Please Touch" approach to play and structured activities
  • parent/ family support system with parental involvement encouraged in school activities


Several short workbooks are used to reinforce the following skills: beginning phonics, visual perception, listening/ following directions, critical thinking and eye-hand coordination.

Field Trips

We believe that children learn best through experiencing their world. To facilitate that idea, field trips, special events, and special visitors are part of our program.


Our program uses the whole language approach to learning, including the best aspects of phonics and offering a theme for each of the letter sounds. High-interest, hands-on, minds-on activities encourage the children to go beyond simple memorization. They become thinkers and creators, strengthening communication skills, and developing concepts in reading, math, social living, and science. Children are encouraged to relate to others' experiences and outside activities.

Transfer of Student Records Upon transfer of the student to another school, the student's record shall be mailed to that school office.  Parents will also receive all student records at the end of the school year.

Curriculum Areas

  • social-emotional skills
  • work habits/ learning skills
  • gross motor skills
  • fine motor skills
  • language development
  • reading readiness
  • life skills
  • social studies
  • mathematics
  • science
  • literature
  • music
  • art
  • health and safety
  • physical fitness

Expected Abilities

Upon entering the Wigwam Academic Day School the child with the following abilities will be most successful:

  • toileting skills
  • elementary use of scissors
  • recognition of name in print
  • ability to print first name
  • self-dressing
  • rote counting to 20
  • recognition of numbers to 10
  • recognition of some shapes (circle, rectangle, triangle, square)
  • color recognition (8 basic)
  • general awareness of seasons
  • days of the week (rote)
  • months of the year (rote)
  • recognition of major body parts
  • recognition of some letters
  • accept and respond to adult authority
  • respect and show concern for people and things
  • playing and sharing cooperatively with others
  • appropriate control over feeling
  • lengthening attention span (10 minutes)

* Minimum age of kindergarten entry is 4 years 7 months by September. However, check with your local school district for First Grade requirements.

Computer Exposure

We believe that computer skills are necessary in our world today. In keeping with this belief we expose the children to computers while they are impressionable and eager to learn. We have  access to two computer systems.  They are used during free play and learning centers several days a week. The computers are utilized for learning games, student dictated stories, and print exploration. Proper use and care are also introduced.

Private Full Day vs. Half Day Kindergarten

 Who benefits?

  • children who need to "catch up" developmentally with their peers
  • children with summer birthdays
  • children who have never attended day care or nursery school
  • children needing extra individual attention


  • low child/ teacher ratios
  • smaller groups providing more active learning
  • more individual attention
  • full day allowing for longer discovery periods

What Is/Are:

  • Circle Time- a gathering time for sharing, previewing, and reviewing our day.
  • Fine Motor Skills- the use of small muscles in skills like cutting, printing, coloring, etc.
  • Gross Motor Skills- the use of large muscles in skills like jumping, throwing, running, etc.
  • Learning Centers- hands-on, minds-on activities and experiences. Teacher structured, individual, child-chosen activities which provide for furthering skills and abilities through play.
  • Rote- memorized, no meaning or association made.


Daily attendance is required by law (180days) for the school year- Sept. - June.  Holiday exceptions will be posted as the holiday approaches. School year calendars are available in August for the upcoming year. Contracts will be required in September. Excuse blanks and Tardy slips are mandatory.


The qualified, caring, and enthusiastic staff consists of a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Ed., as well as an assistant teacher with an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.


1. One hot lunch on Mondays (Sept. - June)
2. Snacks with juice
3. Milk at lunch
4. Special programs: science, gym and music.
5. Vacation


All information is subject to change.
For further information see handbook or call (215) 256-1222
For after kindergarten programs, see School-Age brochure.


  • Plan 60 - $185.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 60 hours per week
  • Plan 45 - $155.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 45 hours per week
  • 1 week vacation at no tuition fee, week of 12/24 - 12/28 only if child is not in attendance the entire week. 
(Rates subject to change every May)