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#FBF Tea for Two

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in #FBF, Co-op Life | Comments Off on #FBF Tea for Two

#FBF Tea for Two

In May we celebrated the special caregivers in our lives by hosting an annual tradition, Tea for Two. Since we do not get a chance to honor the fathers of the Co-op because the holiday does not fall into our school year and we wanted to be inclusive to the family dynamics of all of the children here at the Co-op, we gave our families the opportunity to include Dad, Mom, or even Grandmother in the event starting this year.

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Our Multi-Age Classroom

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Co-op Life | 0 comments

Our Multi-Age Classroom

This year we are embarking on a new adventure, introducing a multi-age 3-4’s class into our offering. Our staff is very excited about this for several reasons. At this point, we are offering it for a Tuesday/Thursday group. We hope to be able to accommodate more three-year-olds at our school (typically that age has a wait list) and to explore the enriching experience this opportunity presents. Read on to learn about what the day will look like and why you might want to consider this for your child.

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Unplug and Play

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Co-op Life, Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

Unplug and Play

At our last business meeting of the school year in May, our staff presented us with some very compelling and concerning information regarding kids and screen time. Much of what we discussed is located in this blog. They then challenged us to pledge different ways that could “Unplug and Play” when faced with the adversity of the summertime heat, doldrums, and the need to just get things done as parents. While it’s particularly important in the summer when school is out of session, much of this can still be applied to the school year, especially for our preschoolers who may not attend every day of the week or all day. We hope we can inspire you to hit the “off switch” a little more and some reasons to do so!

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WWWDW Series: Teacher Support

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Co-op Life | 0 comments

WWWDW Series: Teacher Support

In this series we want you to get to know what it takes to make a cooperative school work. While having a strong teaching staff is essential, it is not enough to make your school run successfully on a day to day basis. Our families are required to hold a committee position during the school year and commit three hours per month to duties associated with the position they hold. From the tiniest to the biggest details, our membership is in charge of it all! One critical area are our teacher support committee positions.

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Learning Through Play Series: Art Center

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

Learning Through Play Series: Art Center

Many co-op parents will applaud the art center experience because it allows their child to experience a wide variety of mediums without destroying their own homes! Many of us recognize that the art experience is important and we’re grateful our children can immerse themselves in it at the Co-op. In the early years, our children will focus on the process and not the product, so don’t look for them to have an idea they are striving for; they will just enjoy putting brush, crayon, marker, etc to paper (or wall…). As they age, our children will shift to being outcome-driven in their art and craft-making and it all comes in their own time. But what benefits does art have to make it worth some extra clean-up time, even at home?

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Reading Is Magic

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

Reading Is Magic

Over the course of my ten year teaching career, there has been one question I have been asked the most by parents – “What can I do at home to help my child?” Every time I reply to this question, I feel parents are thinking ‘how can something so simple really help my child be successful?’ You can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a book written by children’s author Mem Fox titled, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. In this book, Ms. Fox explains why the most important thing you can do at home to help your child is… READ!

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Learning Through Play Series: Dramatic Play

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

Learning Through Play Series: Dramatic Play

Dramatic play comes very easily for most children. And while at times we may put the emphasis on the “drama,” fantasy and pretending are amazing ways for our toddlers and preschoolers to develop skills in many areas: social emotional, language, critical thinking, imagination, problem solving, and self-expression.

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Learning Through Play Series: Blocks

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Learning Through Play | 0 comments

Learning Through Play Series: Blocks

While on the surface it may just look like fun, our teachers have a more intimate understanding of the values our children are getting out of their play. Every single thing our children do contributes to their development. In this series of blog posts, we would like to illustrate and examine the different play centers our students get the opportunity to explore nearly every day. Some may bounce from center to center. Others are happy to stay at one or two for most of the morning.

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Outdoor Curriculum

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Program and Philosophies | 1 comment

Outdoor Curriculum

One of the benefits of a cooperative is that you can utilize the strengths and backgrounds of the membership to make the school better: from facilities upkeep to the classroom experience. We have such a variety of backgrounds and occupations at our school! We are fortunate that some can be put to use when we need them. This year, we wanted to enrich the kids’ experiences in our “Big Yard.”

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Nature Vs. Nurture

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Program and Philosophies | 0 comments

Nature Vs. Nurture

In this blog post, we explore how and why our boys and girls play differently. Special thanks to our current director, Mrs. Toth, for the breakdown of these two books. Please comment below on the differences you have seen if you have two different sexes in your household!

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