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#FBF Camping Trip

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in #FBF | 0 comments

#FBF Camping Trip

Each summer the Co-op arranges a camping trip to Utah for our families to escape the summer heat and commune with nature. Although the exact location changes each year, it’s always a very affordable trip to take. So many memories are made on the 3 day adventure! Doesn’t this look so peaceful and serene? Even with a flock of 3-5 year olds….

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Play Dough Center

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

Play Dough Center

Play dough is sure to be a memory your child takes with them when they leave Kids’ Co-op! It’s a tool our teachers use to help with prewriting skills, fine and gross motor development, introducing letters, color recognition, and sensory play to name a few things!

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Pre-reading Skills: Building Print Knowledge

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

Pre-reading Skills: Building Print Knowledge

What is pre-reading? How do children learn to read? What should they be learning in preschool? Pre-reading is also defined as Literacy Socialization, which consists of two items: phonological awareness and print knowledge.

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Feeding the Brain

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

Feeding the Brain

Healthy brain function and development require good overall nutrition.

There aren’t any foods that can make children smarter, but making good food choices can definitely set them up for success. What children eat affects focus and cognitive skills. So, they must eat a healthy diet to make sure their brain has all the nutrients it needs to work properly.

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Learning Through Play Series: Science Center

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

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 by on Mar 10, 2017 in #FBF, Co-op Life | 0 comments

#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 by on Mar 6, 2017 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

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 by on Mar 1, 2017 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

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 by on Feb 20, 2017 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

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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Developing Fine Motor Skills with Play

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

Developing Fine Motor Skills with Play

In order to facilitate an interest in name writing and beginning letter writing, we must first focus on and understand the importance of fine motor development. For all parents, it is important to team with teachers to support a child’s learning, growth, and development. Luckily, this comes very naturally at Kids’ Co-op where our parents work alongside our staff several days a month. The “4 C’s” we focus on at the Co-op really come into play here: collaboration, cooperation, communication, and consistency which gives our children the best start to education.

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