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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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The Importance of Rough & Tumble Play

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

The Importance of Rough & Tumble Play

When we hear the words “Roughhousing” or “Rough and Tumble”, it often calls to mind kids wrestling, fighting, and crying. For many parents, this type of play feels uncomfortable and aggressive. However, there is a huge body of research that shows that rough and tumble play is highly beneficial for children and provides benefits that no other type of play can.

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The Kids’ Co-op Curriculum

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

The Kids’ Co-op Curriculum

Our mission statement says that we use a child-centered, play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum. We also say we use an emergent curriculum. What does all this mean?

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#FBF Pancake Breakfast

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in #FBF, Co-op Life | 0 comments

#FBF Pancake Breakfast

With this year’s annual Pancake Breakfast approaching on Sunday, September 25th, we thought we would share the fun of last year’s event with everyone! This is a favorite morning for our children as many get to see their teacher for the first time outside of the classroom. In the past we’ve teamed up with a local Applebee’s who’s kitchen and dining room opens for us to have a pancake and egg breakfast for just our school.

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#FBF Summer Camps

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in #FBF, Co-op Life | 0 comments

#FBF Summer Camps

Our Camp Co-op is the camp experience most of our students start out attending. This year our June session included outside play in our backyard, water play, circle time, music, art, and our ever-popular snack bar. The children have a chance to participate, play and learn with a multi-age group and other students and teachers they may not get to see on a regular basis. It is a fun and messy week!

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