Best Cooperative Preschools in San Marino CA

Cooperative Preschools in San Marino CA

Pacific Oaks Children's School
Pacific Oaks Children's School provides outstanding programs for children ages six months through six years of age. We have been at the forefront of Early Childhood Education for over sixty years and are internationally known for our progressive philosophy and pioneering accomplishments in the areas of anti-bias education, emergent curriculum, and peaceful conflict resolution. Pacific Oaks offers a wide variety of programs including part-time classes in the morning or in the afternoon as well as full-day programs for families working outside their home. All of our classrooms feature a low teacher-to-child ratio as we recognize that some of the most important experiences are those nurturing relationships that develop between children and adults. In addition to our many talented teachers, further enrichment is provided by our team of specialists including an artist and musician in residence; a children's librarian; and a consultant to assist children, families, and teachers with a variety of special needs. Our expansive one and one-half acre campus provides an ideal setting for learning and exploration with tree-shaded pathways, original craftsman homes, state-of-the-art play yards, children's library, art studio, and neighborhood-like atmosphere. Over 200 families and 40 teachers have joined our inclusive community where each individual is provided with an opportunity to learn and contribute in an environment of acceptance. All of us play a vital role in maintaining this cooperative spirit and parents are expected to involve themselves in the life of the school.

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Hastings Ranch Nursery School

Learning to live together with differences perceived positively is... our cooperative philosophy; building self-esteem through mastery of skills in all areas of development is our goal. We believe everyone is special, everyone is unique, and everyone is loved. HRNS strives to nurture the whole family by providing support, partnership, and resources that enable parents to meet the challenges of parenting. Parents at HRNS are committed to the education and socialization of their children and are eager to get involved. They provide snacks, share talents, pass on family tradition, and take an active role in their children's learning when they work in the classroom. Our parents are valued for their dedication to quality education and their understanding of the uniqueness of each child. Our school thrives because of the partnership with parents. Philosophy “Learning to live together” with differences perceived positively is our cooperative philosophy and building self-esteem through mastery of skills in all areas of development is our goal. We believe everyone is special, everyone is unique, and everyone is loved. Research indicates that young children learn best using their senses to explore concrete experiences and that they need many opportunities to initiate learning on their own and need periods of choice alternating with periods of guidance. The daily routine is simple but consistent because we know children feel more secure when there is order in their lives. Group times, self-directed play, and quiet times are part of the curriculum. Classes are small with children in multi-aged groups. The adult/child ratio is low and the facility is secure, spacious, and exciting. Children have time and space to learn and to grow. Children leave HRNS eager to learn and excited about school. HRNS strives to nurture the whole family by providing support, partnership, and resources that enable parents to meet the challenges of parenting. Parents at HRNS are committed to the education and socialization of their children and are willing to spend the time and energy to be involved. They provide a variety of snacks, share talents and family traditions, and take an active role in their children's learning when they work in the classroom. Our parents are valued for their dedication to quality education and their understanding of the uniqueness of each child. Curriculum HRNS's curriculum is based on developmental theory and is carefully planned by the teachers. It is implemented with the belief that play is a child's work. Play is the natural mode of learning for your child, who is learning at all times. Children move through sequential stages of development in four interrelated areas: Physical (gross and fine motor) Social (peer interaction, social skills and awareness) Emotional (self-esteem, awareness and recognitions of feelings, healthy balance) Cognitive (comprehension, language development, problem solving and skill acquisition) We place equal importance on all major areas of development. Through careful observation of play, teachers are able to assess development and add challenges as needed to further individual growth. Children develop feelings of competency and motivation for learning when provided opportunities for play and individual choice. Learning occurs when the child is actively involved with the materials of the environment: sensory experiences. Therefore the staff provides “hands-on” activities in creative art, music, science, math, literature, movement, and dramatic play. The Classroom is arranged to provide ample choices for children and to encourage independent thinking, and a gentle unfolding of abilities and age-appropriate mastery of skills The teacher's role is to facilitate and enrich this learning process. Art of many kinds is available to the children daily, from the simplest crayon and paper drawings to carpentry and multi-technique projects such as finger-painting and collage. Our philosophy is that the process is important, not the product, so adults are asked to please refrain from giving advice or help on art creations. Let the children use the variety of open-ended materials as they choose, as long as they are safe and respectful of their “neighbors” and the school property.

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