Program and Philosophies

Pre-reading Skills: Building Print Knowledge

Posted on Apr 5, 2017

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 on Mar 30, 2017

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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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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