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Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School

4618 Allendale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94619

(510) 261-5210

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

From the Director:

Children are free to learn at their own pace with a group of friends of different ages, backgrounds and temperaments. This environment allows children to develop independence, self-direction as well as social and teamwork skills. The children learn from each other to respect their friends and to take care of their school. The structure of our daily schedule and our developmental/age appropriate curriculum allow children to explore, question and create at their own pace. Extracted from Peter Pan's September 2005 Brochure

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
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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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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
  • Also use Maxwell Park for part of the day, with larger play area.
Other subjects taught Field trips, special activities, celebrations, guests, exhibits, gardening, carpentry, cooking and science are also offered on a regular basis. <p>Extracted from Peter Pan's September 2005 Brochure

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Parents have operated and shaped this school since 1947. Being part of a community of families is a very important facet of our cooperative nursery school. You learn about child development by working with the director and the children as a Parent-teacher one morning a week. Monthly parent education meetings and interactions with the other parents offer support in the challenging job of raising our children. Peter Pan provides a community, a neighborhood, an extended family in which parents and children can grow and learn together in a diverse, nurturing and flexible environment. <p>Attention is paid to conflict through which children learn to share, compromise and become in touch with their feeling and verbalize them. <p>We use the works of Gesell, Ilg and Ames to educate and aid us in bringing up our children. The developmental philosophy has proven to be very natural and has made Peter Pan an excellent school. Peter Pan provides fun and growth opportunities for children of all backgrounds. We also feel our program can benefit children with special needs. <p>Extracted from Peter Pan's September 2005 Brochure

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule

9:00am - arrivals and greetings
9:05-10:45am - free play in/outdoors
9:40-10:45am - snack station open
10:45am - clean up
10:55am - group time
11:15am - park time @ Maxwell Park & clean up
11:50am - closing circle/story
12:00pm - pick up time
12:00-2:45pm - optional PM program

Extracted from Peter Pan's September 2005 Brochure

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school