Our Program

Our goal is to provide a balanced preschool program for the whole child, allowing for physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and creative exploration and growth. During their preschool years, children may learn specific skills such as recognizing their names, using scissors or turning somersaults. These are important skills which encourage both adults and children. Our larger goals however, are harder for us to observe. We are watching for signs that children become comfortable with a variety of people, enjoy using their bodies, communicate their thoughts clearly, and approach life with joy and curiosity and confidence. These are attributes that will enrich their lives and assist them as lifelong learners.

To meet our larger goals, we pay close attention to how young children learn, think and feel. We continually develop our children’s program philosophy based on currently accepted theory in early childhood education. Some of this is derived from the position statement “Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Birth Through Age eight” published in 1986 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each cooperative preschool teacher and parent also contribute their talents, interests and styles to enrich the basic philosophy.

CLASSES ARE COLOR DESIGNATED BY AGE

Classes Ages Times Days
Yellow 2-3 yrs 9:15-11:45 am Tues, Thurs
Orange 3-4 yrs 9-15-11:45 am Mon, Wed, Fri
Red 4-5 yrs 12:30-3 pm Mon, Wed, Thurs

* Parent attends entire class.

A TYPICAL PRESCHOOL DAY INCLUDES THESE ACTIVITIES:

Free Choice Time: Creative arts, painting, construction, cooking, imaginary play, manipulative activities, a sand/water table, craft and play dough are available. Children play independently, in small groups or one-on-one with a teacher or parent. Clean up time encourages children to practice responsibility and cooperation.

Circle Time/Small Group Activities: Greetings and good-byes, songs, story telling and dancing offer opportunities for self- expression in a group setting. Cooperative games and dramatic play build social skills, cooperation, and creativity.

Snack Time: Age appropriate manners can be practiced while children share a snack and conversation. Read about what snacks you can bring on your designated Snack Parent Helper day.

Outdoor Play: Children explore their large motor skills in a wonderful outdoor play area that includes a variety of playground equipment, playhouses, sandbox, big toys, bikes, garden boxes and woodlands. Activities include outdoor games, dramatic play and exploration.

Special Events: Opportunities for sharing experiences might include a buddy program with McLane Elementary school students, field trips to a farm, fire station, bakery or pizza parlor, nature walks, roller-skating and picnics, or visits from a doctor, firefighter or other guests with special skills.

PARENT HELPERS

Parents are active members of the classroom each preschool day. The preschool serves as a laboratory where parents can observe children’s growth, development and behavior, improve communication skills, practice leading children’s activities, gain greater appreciation of children’s creativity, and work with other adults.

You will select your schedule to parent help an average of once every two weeks. Your class leader or scheduler stays in contact with all parents in your class to assure that there are enough parent helpers throughout the month.

PARENT HELPER DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before children begin class.
  • Bring the group snack if it is your assigned day.
  • Help prepare areas of the preschool for the children.
  • You may bring only children enrolled in the class on your parent helping day.
  • Enjoy the other adults present, but limit adult talk.
  • Focus attention on children.
  • Relax and enjoy yourself.
  • Spend time observing and playing with your own child on your parent helping day.
  • Supervise children for safety at all times.
  • Stay 15 minutes after class to complete cleanup of the classroom.