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.
Group Meeting – Children, teacher, co-oping adults, and aides gather together on the rug to discuss activities and the plan for the day. This group time allows children to practice sitting quietly and taking turns in speaking.
Choice Time – Children are given the opportunity to participate in interest areas in the classroom such as blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, or discovery. The activities aim to develop physical skills through various manipulative materials and cognitive growth through hands-on exploration, while free play allows for social and emotional growth. Children direct themselves based on their interests during this time.
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 – Children gather on the rug for a story and music/movement. Reading books helps develop a child’s imagination and helps him or her discover new ideas. It also encourages good listening and comprehension skills, and passively builds vocabulary. Music helps children learn sounds, meanings of words, and how to work as a group while singing together. In addition, they learn to work cooperatively while participating in movement activities and playing musical instruments.
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.
Gross Motor Activities – The Co-op’s spacious playground provides the perfect setting for children to socialize while developing their gross motor skills. 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.