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Rancho Coop Nursery School

2115 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 558-9378


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Much of our day is spent in free play, however, we do have short periods that are more structured, such as circle time. If activities are safe and the children are talking to each other we do not suggest a game unless we are in dire need to redirect a situation. Teachers and parents are always available to help the children resolve conflict.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • A writing center with paper, stickers and writing instruments
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Paid music teacher two times per month for 30 minutes
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Much of what we do is unstructured, but we subtly teach many concepts. For example, we count shovels together when we pick up; we count the children; we sing and talk about the alphabet. However, we wait to 'teach' how to write their names until they ask. When we teach how to write prior to that, they will do it to please the adults, but will stop doing their beautiful art. In most cases, children graduate knowing how to count and have a good concept of numbers, names and letters.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because we have a free play structure, we are able to let the children excel to their fullest potential. If a child is 'behind' in his language skills for example, we spend extra time engaged in verbal communication. Children are encouraged to be the very best they can be and individuality is supported.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Rancho Co-op Nursery School members share a philosophy that teaches preschool children in a noncompetitive environment which accentuates socialization, creativity, self esteem and a feeling of 'I can!'. Much of what we do is subtly taught preparation for kindergarten. We prefer that children learn to think and come to their own conclusions and explorations. We often turn a question from a child back by asking, 'What do you think?'

A Typical Day

We begin our day in the playground beside the classroom. The children are free to play in the sand box, climb on the play structure, ride tricycles, play with the balls or paint at the easels. After an hour of outside play, we transition into the classroom where we wash our hands and have a snack together. Circle time then follows; lasting approximately 5 to 10 minutes. After circle time, the children will engage in free play including dress up, kitchen and science centers, blocks, library, writing desk, manipulative table and art table. Each child is free to engage in any and all activities for approximately 45-50 minutes. Once the entire classroom is cleaned, the children eat their lunch together. The last 15 minutes of the day can be spent reading quietly in the library or with the teacher engaged in singing, word games or reading.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are always welcome to schedule parent/teacher conferences. I also encourage questions throughout the day and after school. We have parent meetings approximately every 5-6 weeks to discuss school business and focus on a relevant topic, such as, age appropriate behavior, discipline, etc.We are familiar with the different schools in the area and have information on the types of different education they offer, but we refrain from actively advising parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a process that we call 'sitting on the bench'. It is a two-week process where the parent attends with the child daily. The first week the parent encourages their child to let the other adults assist with conflict resolution, toileting, etc. The second week, the parent will begin to leave for short periods of time until the child is comfortable with being at school independent of the parent. It is our desire that the child feel confident of his ability to separate from his parent.