Posts by SNA

Learning Through Play Series: Science Center

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Learning Through Play Series: Science Center

Incorporating scientific concepts and nature into play is an art form our teachers are very skilled in. These experiences set up the foundation for learning more complex concepts as our children get older, those “coat hooks” we’ve written about in past blogs. Science, discovery, and exploration are fun at Kids’ Co-op.

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#FBF Learning is Child’s Play Race

Posted on Mar 10, 2017

#FBF Learning is Child’s Play Race

We’re flashing back to our annual fall fundraising event, the Learning is Child’s Play 10k/5k/1mi Race. This year it was held at a beautiful location: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. The children were able to walk, or attempt to race, their one mile while the diehards ran a 10k or 5k.

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Learning Through Play Series: Sand, Water, and Sensory Center

Posted on Mar 6, 2017

Learning Through Play Series: Sand, Water, and Sensory Center

One of the best parts about Kids’ Co-op is the fun that sand, mud, water, and the different materials in our sensory bins bring each day. For this reason, our families are asked to provide 3 changes of clothing for their child in their backpack including extra shoes so they have the opportunity to put on dry and clean clothes when they are ready. We could probably fill this blog with hundreds of photos as this is a popular aspect of the program- and fun for working parents to photograph! We know that this experience sets us apart from nearly every preschool in Las Vegas and we’re proud that this feature is fundamental to the Co-op day.

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Learning Through Play Series: Library/Reading Center

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Learning Through Play Series: Library/Reading Center

What better month than this to focus our Learning Through Play Series on the library and reading part of our day. There is a reading center in every classroom at the co-op and often another reading area may be set up outside as well. During Nevada Reading Week, we arrange a large area in our “Big Yard” with books, pillows, and an inviting space for children to choose to relax and read or join an adult who is already reading. This is definitely a type of play for these children as you can see many may gather around a working parent or teacher asking them to read a book multiple times or asking to read multiple books in the first hour of the day during free play.

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What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is the term used by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to describe the “best practices” of curriculum development. A preschool classroom’s curriculum should be derived from the research on child development and learning as well as educational effectiveness. At the Kids’ Co-op, we decide what to teach based on the NAEYC three tenets of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

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