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Chapel Hill Co-Operative Pre-School

106 Purefoy Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone:
(919) 942-3955

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Since the founding of the Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool in 1960, the members and staff have been dedicated to providing a warm and loving environment for children’s learning and play. As a cooperative, our children have profited from a high level of parental involvement and communal responsibility. We have been responsive to the changing social forces of Chapel Hill, namely, the increase in the number of families with parents working outside the home and the high cost of quality childcare. We have endeavored to retain our emphasis on inclusiveness and diversity among our members. With these commitments and values in mind, we have endorsed the following goals with respect to partnership and our educational program."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

" Feeding Schedule
Infant/Toddler Site Purefoy Site Breakfast 9:00 – 9:30 9:45 – 10:00
Lunch 11:15 – 11:45 12:00 – 12:30 Snack 2:30 – 2:45 3:30 – 4:00
DAILY SCHEDULE FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS Times Activity Min. 7:30-8:30 Arrival and Free Play—Children arrive and are welcomed by a teacher. In the Blue room, free play activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative dramatic play, and books). In wet weather the Yellow and Purple rooms are open at this time. Children are free to choose activities, which include creative art, manipulative toys, puzzles, table blocks, looking at books, listening to a story and dramatic play. 60 8:00-9:00 The playground is available for climbing, running, sand play and outdoors games. Centers are also set up at tables on the playground for art, manipulative, books and music or story tapes. Skills developed by activities available during this time period include large- and small-muscle development, social interaction, language development and creativity. 90 9:00-9:15 Friday Group Sing—All gatherings together for songs, finger plays and introduction to musical instruments. Children will develop memory skills, verbal and number abilities, listening skills, practice in following directions, gross motor and creative movement skills. Activities will be planned to include all developmental levels and interests. 15 9:00-9:45 Gathering—Teachers meet daily with the same group of children in small groups formed on the basis of age and maturity level. This time provides a form of group identification. Activities are both free choice and teacher-directed and are planned to meet the needs of the children in the group. Gathering activities include sharing and conversation, art, dramatic play, listening to stories, math, music, group games, language arts and field trips. Skills developed through gathering activities include self-help, small-muscle development, and quantification, and symbol recognition, visual discrimination, social interaction, language, and the development of a positive self-image. 45 9:45-10:00 Breakfast— Children are served family-style. All groups serve and feed themselves, as they are able. Social skills such as waiting, asking for food, and conversation will be learned as well as eye-hand coordination, fine-motor skills, and language skills. 15 10:00-10:30 Outdoor Play—The following activities are available daily: balancing, running / jumping, throwing / kicking / rolling balls, pulling / pushing, lifting / building, digging, and pouring. Other activities may include group games, creative movement, sand and water play, stories, and walks. Skills developed during outdoor play include large- and small-30
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muscle coordination, social, self-help, quantification, and creativity. 10:30-11:30 Open Rooms—All learning centers are open. Children self select activities of interest by choosing a colored bracelet that matches a room. By placing a bracelet on the door knob a child may then leave the room to then move onto another activity of interest Three activities are available per room, and one is generally teacher directed. 1. Creative Art—Yellow Room. Activities: painting. Drawing, pasting, cutting. Printing, and woodworking. A wide variety of media and techniques are available. Skills: small-muscle coordination, self-help, visual discrimination, creativity, sensory awareness, self-image / self-esteem. 2. Science / Discovery and Math / Manipulative—Purple Room. Activities: weighing, measuring, gardening, caring for plants, tactile experiences, observation of plant life and lower level math activities. Skills: language, small-muscle coordination, concept formation, sensory awareness and quantification. 3. Readiness Activities/ Language Arts and Math / Book Area—Rainbow Room. Activities: story, story telling, listening writing, and math readiness; language arts; counting; grouping and classifying of objects; games and puzzles. 4. Blocks and Construction—Activity Room. Activities: blocks, trucks, gross motor equipment, and other construction materials of varying sizes and shapes are available for use. Skills: language, problem solving, small and large muscle coordination, social interaction, visual discrimination, self-help, creativity, self-image, concept formation and quantification. 5. Dramatic Play—Green Room. Activities: dress-up, housekeeping and prop box; dramatic play; acting out stories; puppetry; dance and fantasy. Skills: language, problem solving, social interaction, self-help, creativity, self-image, and concept formation. 60 11:30-12:00 Outdoor Play—see Morning description. 30 12:00-12:30 Lunch—See Breakfast for description. 39 12:30-2:30 Nap Time-Children will be encouraged to rest or sleep on their cots. They will have the opportunity to listen to quiet music and read books, but they will be encouraged to remain on their cots and rest. 120 12:30-2:30 Non-Nappers. Four-year-olds who no longer need an afternoon nap meet for a period of listening to stories followed by playground time and small group activities which may include art, puzzles, 120
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manipulative toys, games, listening center, cooking, reading, writing and number concepts. Skills developed during this time include listening, language, small-muscle coordination, concept formation, quantification, symbol recognition, visual discrimination, creativity and sensory awareness. 2:30-3:00 Blue Room Free Play activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 30 2:30-3:30 Outdoor Play—See Morning description. 60 3:30-3:45 Snack—See Breakfast for description. 15 3:45-5:00 Afternoon Activities—Both free-choice and teacher-directed activities. Free Play activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative dramatic play, and books). 75 5:00-5:30 Clean up and prepare to go home—After helping with clean up, children may join the teacher for a story or small-group game. 30
RAINY DAY SCHEDULE FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS (For description of activities, refer to regular Schedule of Daily Activities) Times Activity Min. 7:30-9:00 Arrival and Free Play—Yellow, Purple, and Blue Rooms open. Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 90 9:00-9:45 Gathering 45 9:45-10:00 Breakfast 15 10:00-10:30 Rooms available are Green and Fireplace area, the Activity room is where children may watch "Sesame Street", a prescreened video; or listen to stories 30 10:30-11:30 Open Rooms —Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 60 11:30-12:00 Large Activity Room open for story reading and manipulative. The Activity Room may also be open for viewing a prescreened video 30 12:00-12:30 Lunch 30 12:30-2:30 Nap 120 12:30-2:30 Non-nappers 120 2:30-3:30 The Activity Room open. Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 60 3:45-5:00 Purple, Yellow and Blue Rooms open. Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 75 5:00-5:30 Clean up and prepare to go home 30
DAILY SCHEDULE FOR 2-3 YEAR OLDS Times Activity Min. 7:30- 8:30 Arrival and Free Play—Children arrive and are welcomed by a teacher. Free Play Activities are available including manipulative, creative art, puzzles, small locks, dramatic play, and books. The playground may also be open for running, climbing, and sand play. Skills developed during this time period are social interaction, fine- and gross-motor development, language and creativity. 60 8:30- 8:40 Toileting—a teacher accompanies Children to the bathroom. Skills developed are self-help, dressing and undressing, hygiene, and language skills. 10 8:40- 9:00 In cold weather: Indoor play—blocks, dramatic play, books, manipulative, or art activities are available for the children. Skills: social interaction, fine motor, listening, self-help, visual perception and positive self-image. 20 9:00-9:30 Outdoor Play—Activities available include balancing, running, jumping, digging / pouring, rolling and kicking balls. Other activities may include group games, stories, and water play 30 9:00-9:15 Friday Group Sing—All gatherings together for songs, finger plays and introduction to musical instruments. Children will develop memory skills, verbal and number abilities, listening skills, practice in following directions, gross motor and creative movement skills. Activities will be planned to include all developmental levels and interests. 15 9:30-9:35 Toileting—see Morning description. 5 9:35-9:50 Breakfast—Children are served family-style and assisted in pouring, spooning and asking for food. Social and self-help skills are emphasized: waiting, asking, conversation, eye-hand coordination, fine-motor development, and language skills. 15 9:50 – 10:20 Gathering—Small groups meet daily to sit together for songs, finger plays, and stories or games related to the theme of the week. Looking at pictures, talking, and encouraging each child to participate are included, as well as success-oriented activities. Skills developed during gathering include social interaction, listening, visual and audio perception, symbol recognition, recall, small- and large-muscle development, and positive self-image. 30 10:20-10:30 Toileting—see Morning description. 10 10:30-11:00 Outdoor Play—see Morning description. 30 11:00-11:40 Open Centers— Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (art, block, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 40
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1. Creative Art. Activities: usually teacher-directed painting, pasting, cutting, coloring and exploring new mediums. Skills: self-image, fine motor, creativity and listening. 2. Blocks and Construction Activities: blocks, trucks, gross motor equipment, and other construction materials of varying sizes and shapes are available for use. Skills: language, problem solving, small and large muscle coordination, social interaction, visual discrimination, self-help, creativity, self-image, concept formation and quantification. 3. Language / Book Area. Activities: reading, flannel board, puppets. Skills: giving children words to use to express themselves; teachers try to provide models for good communication. We constantly emphasize using words, repeating words children use and talking often to encourage the two year-old’s words. 4. Dramatic Play. Activities: dress-up hats, shoes, clothes and pocketbooks are available, as well as baby dolls and house play furniture, for acting out stories, puppetry, dance and fantasy; Skills: social interaction, self-help, self-image, creativity, fine and gross-motor skills. 5. Manipulative- Activities: puzzles, Duplos, Bristle Blocks, link chains, snap beads. Skills: fine-motor skill development. 11:40-12:00 Toileting—see Morning description. 20 12:00-12:30 Lunch—see Breakfast description. 30 12:30-2:30 Nap Time—Children sleep in the Blue room. They are encouraged to sleep after looking at books and listening to quiet music. The ones who don’t sleep are encouraged to stay quietly on cots for a needed rest. 120 2:30-3:00 Blue Room Free Play activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 30 2:30-3:30 Outdoor Play—See Morning description. 60 3:30-3:45 Snack—See Breakfast for description. 15 3:45-5:00 Afternoon Activities—Both free-choice and teacher-directed activities. Free Play activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 75 5:00-5:30 Clean Up and Prepare to Go Home—After helping with clean up, the children sit for a story or small-group activity. 30
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RAINY DAY SCHEDULE FOR 2-3 YEAR OLDS (For description of activities, refer to regular Schedule of Daily Activities) Times Activity Min. 7:30- 9:00 Arrival and Free Play—Yellow, Purple and Blue rooms open. Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (are, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 90 9:00- 9:30 Gathering. 30 9:30- 10:00 Breakfast. 30 10:00-10:30 Rooms available are Blue and Fireplace area, the Activity room is where children may watch "Sesame Street" or see a prescreened video. 30 10:30-11:00 Gross-motor activities on Breezeway and quiet stories 30 11:00-11:40 Open Centers Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (are, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 40 11:40-11:50 Toileting—see Morning description. 10 11:50-12:00 Settling-in and Story Time 10 12:00-12:30 Lunch. 30 12:30-2:30 Naps 120 2:30-3:00 Blue Room Free Play activities are available in all open centers (art, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 30 2:30-3:30 Purple and Yellow rooms open Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (are, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books 60 3:30-3:45 Snack. 15 3:45-5:00 Purple, Yellow and Blue rooms open Free Play Activities are available in all open centers (are, blocks, manipulative, dramatic play, and books). 75 5:00-5:30 Clean Up and Prepare to Go Home 30
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DAILY SCHEDULE FOR TWO’S AT THE INFANT/TODDLER SITE Times Activity Min. 7:30-9:00 Arrival / Greeting / Child directed play, Open Centers 90 9:00-9:15 Clean table/ Wash hands/ Breakfast/ Clean up 15 9:15-9:30 Outdoor Play/ Read books if raining 15 9:30-10:30 Connie’s Gathering Time (teacher directed activity and open centers available (50 min)). Outdoor time for other gathering 60 10:35-11:25 Jennifer’s gathering Time (teacher directed activity and open centers available (50 min.)) Outdoor time for other gathering. 50 11:25-12:00 Wash hands and table/ Eat lunch/ Clean up lunch. 35 12:00-2:00 Nap time or quiet play (books, puppets, or drawing). 120 2:00-2:20 Awake from nap/ Put away mats/ Outdoor play 20 2:20-2:55 Snack time/ Open Centers/ or Outdoor play. 35 2:55-3:00 3/4 day parents arrive (sharing information)/ Goodbyes. 5 3:00-3:45 Open centers 45 3:45-4:00 Teacher-directed activities 15 4:00-4:30 Outdoor play (Gross motor play indoors on rainy days) 30 4:30-4:45 Clean up playground 15 4:45-5:00 Late afternoon snack 15 5:00-5:30 Parents begin to arrive/ Share information/ Goodbye/ Clean up. 30 Open Centers includes Blocks, Dramatic play, Art, Books, and Manipulative. Diapering and toileting occurs as needed. 3/4 day children-2.5 hours = substantial portion of the day. Full day children 3 hours = substantial portion of the day.
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DAILY SCHEDULE FOR TODDLERS AT THE INFANT/TODDLER SITE Times Activity Min. 7:30-8:30 Arrival/Greetings/Open centers/Outdoor play. 60 9:00-9:35 Breakfast. 35 9:35-10:00 Open Centers/ Diapers. 60 10:00-10:45 1st Gathering / 2nd Gathering outside time. 25 10:45-11:30 2nd Gathering / 1st Gathering outside time. 30 11:30-12:00 Lunch. 90 12:00-2:00 Nap Time. 60 2:00-2:30 Wake-up, Quiet time; Mats put away, Outdoor Play. 20 2:30-2:45 Snack. 40 2:45-4:00 Open Centers along with Teacher Directed Activities. 60 4:00-4:20 Snack. 20 4:20-5:00 Open Centers or Outside. 40 5:00-5:30 Clean-up/ Good-byes/ Departure 30 Diapers are changed throughout the day as needed and hands are washed frequently on an as needed basis. Open centers includes art, books, blocks, dramatic play, eye-hand work, music and sand and water play
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INFANT DAILY SCHEDULE AT THE INFANT/TODDLER SITE Times Activity Min. 7:30-9:00 Parents and children arrive/ Health checks/ Open Centers/ Routines/Outdoor Play. 90 9:00-9:30 Breakfast and clean-up/ Routines. 30 9:30-10:00 Teacher-directed activities and open center/ Routines. 30 10:00-10:30 Outdoor Activities and Vigorous Indoor Activities/ Routines. 30 10:30-11:00 Open Centers/ Routines. 30 11:00-11:30 Lunch and clean-up/ Routines. 30 11:30-1:00 Nap Time. 90 1:00-1:15 Story and Singing Time/ Routines 15 1:15-2:00 Outdoor Activities and Vigorous Indoor Activities/ Routines. 45 2:00-2:30 Open Centers/ Routines 30 2:30-3:00 Snack Time/ Sharing of information with 3/4-day parents/ Goodbyes. 30 3:00-3:45 Teacher-directed Activities/ Individual Activity Time/ Routines. 45 3:00-4:15 Outdoor Activities or Vigorous Indoor Activities 75 4:15-5:00 Open Centers/ Routines 45 5:00-5:30 Room clean-up/ Sharing of information with full day parents/ Goodbyes. 30 Open centers includes art, books, blocks, pretend play, eye-hand work, music and sand and water play Routines include feeding, diapering, and napping. All are done on an individual "as needed" basis."
Excerpted from the preschool's website