Children can only realize their fullest potential if they are able to develop a positive self-image. At Cupertino Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS) we believe children thrive in our environment, where there are confident people who like, understand and respect them, and a safe, stimulating and supportive environment for them in which to learn and grow.
We believe that play is the most effective means available to young children to accomplish integration and growth. Our goal is to provide the time, space, materials and guidance needed by children to optimize their play experience.
For our 3-year-olds:
A personal greeting, large blocks of free time for the children to make choices, music Time, singing/dancing/movement exploration, snack time in small groups, stories at least twice a day, crafts, carpentry, puppets, sand play, science experiments, dramatic play, cooking, gardening, pets (chickens, bunnies, rats, fish), indoor and outdoor play available almost every day to foster large and small motor development. Field trips to local attractions, such as the post office, dental office, paramedics, and fish store are included during the second semester.
For our 4-year-olds:
A personal greeting, three group times each day:
- a Greeting Time to discuss the day's plans
- a small group directed lesson for only 12 students designed to include pre-reading, pre-math, pre-kindergarten skills
- a large group storytime at the day's end
Snack time in small groups, many opportunities for the child to choose outdoor or indoor activities related to cooking, crafts, science, gardening, pets, movement exploration and fine & large motor development challenges daily. TheÂ PM program also includes field trips every other Thursday on excursions such as nature walks, ice-skating, bowling, and taking a Caltrain ride. Each child is honored as "Star of the Week" once during the year.