Program and Philosophies

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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Developing Fine Motor Skills with Play

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

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 on Oct 10, 2016

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 on Sep 15, 2016

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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Unplug and Play

Posted on Aug 5, 2016

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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Reading Is Magic

Posted on Mar 7, 2016

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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