973-540-1537 8 Cleveland Ave., Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Play-Based Learning

Our programs are based on the belief that children learn best through play. Research has shown that play-based education enhances foundational brain capacities necessary for all future learning. This is strengthened through play, i.e. creativity, sensory experience, movement, imagination, full-body action, etc. Also, play allows for child-initiated learning, rather than adult-driven directives. This builds brain capacity and instills a value of curiosity and interest in exploration and learning. Children have the rest of their lives for adult-directed learning, but only have the first five years for the foundational brain capacities to be nurtured. In addition, reading is a part of our play-based curriculum, as are theme-based activities and integrated learning. A play-based curriculum enhances children’s social and emotional development, as well as their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. * To this end, children can direct themselves between a variety of stations such as dress-up, housekeeping, manipulative materials, and books, all of which help develop the pre-K skills mentioned in each class description. * Statements in this paragraph provided by Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University – and the parent of two Morris Plains Co-op graduates. For more information on play-based learning, please click here.

A Cooperative Preschool Experience

A cooperative preschool provides the opportunity for parents to have an active role in both the classroom and the operation of our school. Parents assist experienced, certified teachers in their child’s classroom on a rotating basis. In addition, each family takes part in the operation of the school by joining a committee to complete a parent job, providing services that range from cleaning and maintenance to business administration. Parents also participate in one Parents Pitch-In session each year to help maintain our school. If parents are not able to participate in the classroom, there are non-co-op options. Parents also have the opportunity to join the school’s Board of Trustees. While our Director oversees the curriculum and day-to-day operations, the Board of Trustees is composed of volunteer parents who make financial and operational decisions to ensure our ongoing success.
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