The Co-op programs interrelate each year in order to give continuity to your child’s preschool experience. The Four year old class will build on the experiences of the Three year old class as the Threes builds on the Two year old class. More emphasis is made on developing listening skills and following directions as the children progress from year to year.
Through nature, art, drama and sensory motor play, the children are exposed each year to pre-reading, pre-writing and math skills appropriate to this age level and in accordance with individual readiness.
We offer special after-school programs for the Threes and up: the Lunch Bunch program where the children stay an extra hour to eat and explore together, and the Stay and Play program where the Threes and Fours stay to learn about specific topics.
The Co-op provides half-day preschool programs for children ages 1 to 4 years old.
In this program, toddlers are given opportunities to explore a range of toys and materials as well as art processes. The program routine includes circle time, a story, snack and free play. There is an emphasis on language development and social interaction with peers. The class is facilitated by an early childhood educator, who leads a caregiver group discussion as part of the class. A parent or caregiver must attend with the child.
Our One's Fun caregiver/child program meets once a week for seventy five minutes:
Thursdays: 9:15am - 10:30am
Though there is the option of three days or five days for this program, both programs offer the same curriculum content. Social skills and the ideals of working cooperatively are encouraged. Emergent literacy and numeracy skills are supported in the context of hands on activities related to child initiated themes both indoors and out. Children will act out the stories they read and make up. They will experiment with a wide range of art materials and processes. Number and letter recognition, counting and one to one correspondence are presented in a meaningful context: play. Children look closely at nature and the environment right outside our door. The children’s routine is the structure of their day.
There are two morning sessions for Three Year olds:
5 days a week: Monday - Friday,
9:00am - 12:00pm (with an optional lunch bunch from 12:00am - 1:00pm)
3 days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00am - 12:00pm (with an optional lunch bunch from 12:00am - 1:00pm)
Threes Lunch Bunch
The Threes classes are offered the opportunity to bring their lunch to school and stay from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Monday thru Friday. This is an opportunity for the children time to eat lunch with friends and have additional story and exploration time in the classroom.
This program offers all the same elements of the typical preschool day in a developmentally appropriate context and a shortened schedule. Children have free play (including art, dramatic play, block building and small motor activities), meeting time, snack, story time and outdoor play time. The Twos participate in music and science specials. Language development and social interaction skills are well supported in this program. Ease of separation is an early goal of the Twos. Parents are required to stay on site for the first several class sessions of the program.
We offer two options for our Two Year olds:
2 days a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays,
9:00am - 12:00pm
3 days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays,
9:00am - 12:00pm
The Fours program has great focus on the fostering of independence. The children begin to manage their own belongings, problem solve by experimentation, and explore new ideas. Teachers listen to the children’s interests when developing themes which integrate skill building in all developmental areas. Learning is meaningful when it is in a context that the children have chosen. Literacy and numeracy skills are emphasized in supporting the skills necessary for pre-reading and writing. For those children ready to write and count, activities are presented to ensure the progression and development of these skills.The Fours take field trips during the school year, expanding their learning beyond the classroom.
5 days a week: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Stay and Play Program
This optional afterschool enrichment program is called "Stay & Play" and is offered from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Monday thru Thursday.