Our Program

The Cooperative Nursery School offers several programs that are unique, family oriented, and that strive to help your child grow. To be a part of these programs, toilet training is not required.

GOALS OF THE COOPERATIVE NURSERY SCHOOL

Emotional and social development 

A preschool program helps children learn about themselves, both as individuals and as members of a group. If children are to grow into fully functioning adults, they need to have confidence in their abilities to master new challenges and to understand their social and physical environment. Co-op fosters such confidence-building by encouraging children to:

  • experience a variety of materials

  • assert their own ideas and thoughts

  • do things on their own

  • make choices and decisions that are accepted by adults

  • recognize their own feelings and develop appropriate means of expressing them

  • recognize and accept the feelings of others

  • develop strategies for resolving conflicts with others, 
    including modifying their own behavior in order to work within a group

  • share responsibility for the care of materials and equipment

Physical, aesthetic and cognitive development 
A preschool program should encourage children to exercise their curiosity, to explore and learn about their world, and to organize their knowledge. This process lays the necessary foundation for the development of general intellectual capacities. Co-op accomplishes this by helping children:

  • control bodily movements through the use of a variety of media 
    (musical instruments, dramatic play, large physical equipment, etc.)

  • learn physical limitations in a safe environment

  • develop an interest in everyday events

  • do thoughtful planning - set goals, think, work, follow through

  • discuss information and draw conclusions; understand the consequences of events

  • increase understanding of number and shape concepts

  • develop aesthetic appreciation - awareness of color, line, form, rhythm and sound

  • articulate problems and work out solutions

Creative Curriculum:

The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline integrates social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation so you spend less time policing behaviors and more time teaching vital life skills.

Coop By-Laws

Created and adopted in April 1976, the By-Laws of the Cooperative Nursery School outline the day-to-day rules and provide comprehensive guidelines to keep things running smoothly.

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