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?'
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.