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Acton Cooperative School - Director

592 Massachusetts Avenue
Acton, MA 01720

(978) 263-4547


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The Coop follows the Guidelines for Preschool Experience set by the state of MA as our curriculum. We follow the child's lead and interest and develop exciting curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and enriching.

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
  • many choices for writing implements
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • math manipulatives and block play strengthen these skills
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • a music teached leads singing in every class once every 2 weeks
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • our approach to art work is open ended and process oriented
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
  • We offer a yoga class to all students every other week
Other subjects taught Our location allows us to take many walking field trips. We have a wood working curriculum which is unique to our school and centers around our bus trip to the Decordova Art Museum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

My teachers are well trained to reach out to different learners and help them develop the skills they'll need for success in kindergarten.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Acton Coop strives to make every child's first preschool experience a warm and enriching one where each child is treated with respect for his/her strengths. Children are given the opportunity to develop at his/her own rate in the 4 domains of early childhood education.

A Typical Day

9:15-9:30 morning circle
9:30-10:30 choice activities including art
10:30-10:45 clean up
10:45-11:00 story
11:00-11:15 snack
11:15-11:45 outside play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Acton Coop has a 53 year old history of excellence as a parent cooperative school. The parents help in the classroom which gives us the opportunity to help them develop parenting skills, observe their child's progress and talk to the teachers in length about any concerns they may have about their child's progress.

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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teachers and director help make each child's first experience at school a positive event. Teachers work with parents on separation issues and allow them to stay as long as they need to make sure their child is in a safe environment.