Our 2021-2022 Preschool Classes

After a challenging 20-21 year we are looking forward to 21-22. We know we will likely still be dealing with the end of the pandemic - but are excited to begin a transition back to more indoor and outdoor school. We have learned so much from our year outside and will still have the amenities in place that allowed us to do so - and thus extend our experience as we move forward!

 

BLUE BLOCK (mostly 3-4s)  Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00-12:00

(with an option to stay until 3:45 Thursdays)
Two teachers - Jen and Joslyn

One to two parent helpers daily
14 in person 
maximum (16 in a regular year)

Tuition: $156/m

Tuition for Thursday long day and Friday until 12 - $234/m

YELLOW BLOCK (mostly 4-5s)   
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00-12:00

(with an option to stay until 3:45)
Two teachers - Jen and Joslyn

One to two parent helpers daily
14 in-person maximum (16 in a regular year)

Tuition morning only: $234/m

Tuition for mornings plus M-W afternoons: $468/m

 

GREEN BLOCK (mixed age, mostly 4-5s)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 12:45-3:45
Two teachers - Jen and Joslyn

One to two parent helpers daily
14 in-person maximum (16 in a regular year)

Tuition: $234/m

PURPLE BLOCK Add on Thursdays (mixed age - 3-4-5s)

Thursdays 12:45-3:45
Two teachers - Joslyn and Jennifer

14 children (maximum) (16 in a regular year)

Tuition: $78/m

2-3s class information listed on Parent/Child classes page

1-2s class information listed on Parent/Child classes page


Program Goals for preschool children at The Cooperative Preschool
​Take risks and try new things – cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and creatively
  • To create, invent, think, solve problems in all areas of the classroom

  • Share ideas, theories and perspectives through a variety of symbolic languages

  • Learn to respect themselves and others as individuals and value diversity of thought, culture and personality

  • Continue to develop a variety of skills to support growth and development across the curriculum

  • Ability to play, work, and learn with a variety of personalities and form meaningful relationships

  • Be persistent and be intentional

  • To be curious, love learning and enjoy being a part of a community



Typical Schedule (in a non-pandemic year)

     45-75 minutes - Arrive at School - Outside Play and Projects

     15-20 minutes - Circle Time​

      45-75 - Indoor Play and Project Time​

     10 minutes - Closing Circle​

      5 minutes - Community Circle (Parents, Teachers and Children) and Goodbye​

(snack during play and project time - when children are hungry - children bring their own healthy snacks)

(this is a loose schedule as we move with the children. Sometimes projects go back outside as interest dictates.)

    



Play in the Preschool Classroom

We allow two large blocks of time when children have choices about what interests them, who they want to play with and where they want to be. This time allows the children to be in control of themselves and their choices. Some children will paint, work in the sensory table, build a castle, fly to mars in their space ship, write a letter, listen to some music, chat with a friend or read a book. Another child may spend most of the hour planning a tea party, inviting friends, setting the table, negotiation roles, planning their event and cooking the food. Another child might spend the majority of their time working with a teacher in the science area researching, drawing and talking about whales. We value this time so much because the children have the opportunity to structure their own time and activities, and create their own educational experiences. While respecting their choices and interests, we encourage the children to try new areas, to hear what others are interested in and working on and to share their ideas with the community. We learn a lot about who they are and how they interact. We learn how we can best support and extend their interests, questions and curiosities.

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One of our Newsletter articles:
"What Should Preschool look like? What Does Learning Look Like?
boys dressed in masks showing off their artwork
girl playing a xylophone
children reading with a teacher
two girls playing dress up