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

Here’s what a typical day looks like at The Co-op:

Co-oping Adult/Aide Arrival – Co-oping adults and aides who are assisting teachers arrive before classes start and help teachers prepare for the school day. Parents should arrive by 8:45 AM for morning classes and 12:15 PM for afternoon classes.

Class Arrival – Children arrive with parents and settle in.

Daily Classroom Meetings – Children greet one another and the adults, sing a welcome song, discuss attendance and the question
of the day. The teacher asks the class to share news and conducts an activity, or discussion, related to the current topic of study.

Choice Time – Children choose to take part in a variety of interest areas available within the classroom: art, blocks, dramatic play, toys & games, library, discovery, sand & water, music & movement, or technology. Participation in these areas promotes development and learning in social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science & technology, social studies and the arts.

Clean-up – Children work together with the adults to help clean up and organize the classroom after the table activity and free play time has concluded.

Music/Movement and Read-Aloud – We read and share a variety of stories related to the class’s current topic of study. Reading aloud inspires a love for reading and promotes language and literacy skills. This fun time also includes active & quiet songs, instruments, movement & dance activities and guest musicians.

Snack – A light snack is provided for children in all classes, except Pre-K (parents provide the snack for their child in this class). During snack, children practice hand washing, table manners, and appropriate social interactions.

Active Play – Each day the children enjoy active playtime which enriches and supports their development and learning. Children utilize either our spacious backyard or our large indoor play area. With several big climbers for building muscle strength, spinner bowls for vestibular stimulation and balance training, an oversized sandbox, a winding bike path, and riding toys aplenty, there is something for everyone! We use our playground year-round; however, in the event of inclement weather the lower level of our school is perfect for play and movement. Equipment such as tumbling mats, climbers, scooters, large blocks, and Fort Magic are available in this large space. Indoor obstacle courses, parachute play, and building activities keep the children moving and engaged.

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