Erin Pepler for Pearson Community Co-op Nursery School
Nursery school is a wonderful part of childhood that begins a child’s academic career in the most positive way imaginable – through play! At Pearson Community Co-op Nursery School, play is everything. It’s how we share, it’s how we learn, and it’s how we grow. Play-based learning is the foundation of our nursery school program and all that we do, because it feeds all areas of child development while allowing for fun. Here are five ways that co-operative community nursery school helps prepare children for JK (and beyond):
1. Introduces Children to a Classroom Setting
Nursery school familiarizes children with a classroom environment, offering them an early introduction to teachers, classmates, school rules and routines. Benefits of a co-op environment include staff who act as role models alongside parent volunteers in a low adult-to-child ratio. Our program balances structure and play, and establishes school as a comfortable, positive place during a very impressionable age. By making this early introduction to school and addressing potential separation anxiety at a young age, the transition to JK can be made as smooth and seamless as possible.
2. Develops Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Through a variety of crafts, games, and classroom activities as well as outdoor play, preschool programming develops and nurtures both fine and gross motor skills. Our classroom at Pearson Co-op has a gross motor play area that changes weekly to keep children interested and engaged, and many of our craft and learning activities encourage fine motor development – all through play, as play is a child’s work.
3. Encourages Language Development
Preschool encourages language development through story time, songs, dramatic play, and circle time activities. Additionally, our teaching staff are able to guide and support families if there is a need for speech pathology or other r
eferrals. This gives children a head start as they approach elementary school, ready to take on the world (or at least the play
4. Sets the Groundwork for Early Literacy
Circle time and other classroom activities often involve letter, name, or word recognition, as well as some fine motor skills that promote pre- printing. In combination with our book of the week, these aspects of nursery school programming set the stage for early literacy – something that empowers kids in JK and throughout their school years. As a community co-op nursery school, Pearson students have the added benefit of parent involvement in the classroom, which allows children to learn and grow with their parents both at home and at school.
5. Encourages Social Skills and Self-Confidence
Nursery school helps children develop social skills through sharing, friendship, co-operative play, and communication – all of which is re-enforced with our Second Step program. Circle time activities such as ‘Show and Share’ help foster self-confidence and peer interaction, and a nursery school setting is the perfect place to develop problem solving skills at an early age. As an added bonus, duty parents are able to watch their kids in action while volunteering in the classroom – a true joy for parents and children alike!
These are just a few of the ways that Pearson Community Co-op Nursery School helps children get ready for JK and beyond. We hope to see your child this fall – for more information, please visit www.pearsonco-op.com.