Activities

Family Cooperative Preschool offers a curriculum of developmentally appropriate activities. Each activity is carefully chosen by the teachers with the children’s safety being the foremost consideration; this is followed by an assessment in the context of the children's developmental level in order to ensure success.

The following indoor areas / activities are available to explore at different times every day:

  • Big Blocks Area
  • Small Blocks Area
  • Dramatic Play Area (doll corner / doctor’s office / library / store)
  • Listening Table (books on tape)
  • Puzzles, Games and Math Room
  • Water Table
  • Clay / Playdough Table
  • Writing Table
  • Art and Crafts Tables
  • Science Area

The clay, playdough, paint, utensils, scissors and recycled materials present the children with a variety of media to experiment with and to exercise their fine motor skills. Children are encouraged to use their imagination to explore and investigate the indoor areas. They are given ample opportunities to interact with their peers and adults. They also learn to cooperate and take turns in these settings.

Children are exposed to math and science concepts throughout the day as they engage in various activities. Math language and vocabulary are an integral part of the indoor and outdoor experiences. In addition, many facets of the school's environment are designed to build a foundation for learning to read and write.

Children spend a significant amount of time playing and learning outdoors. They exercise their gross motor muscles in a variety of ways, such as: gardening; doing construction projects at the sand box; running through the school yard and playing games; climbing the triangle house and the wooden train; pulling sleds through the snow in the school yard and up the hills; and, using the swings and the slide. Some indoor activities are frequently relocated outside. Utensils and materials for projects are made available at the picnic table for exploration. Science materials are also used outside to make direct connections with nature and the surrounding environment.