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Aurora Co-op Preschool

8558 Crackel Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

(440) 543-1443


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Parents are the primary educators of young children. A Co-op allows parents the unique opportunity to share in their children's early school experiences and to take an active role in their education. It also enables your child to take their first steps towards independence while maintaining a sense of security. The Co-op values a close relationship with our parents, the community and area school systems. We acknowledge that active parent participation helps broaden the developmental process of young children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program, based on research and developmentally appropriate practices, is designed to meet the learning and developmental needs of preschool children. We believe that children do best when families seek out quality early learning opportunities and experiences for them and play an active role in their education.

We recognize parents and families as the first and most important teacher in a child’s life and value the individuality of each family. Children’s learning is continuous and occurs in all settings and the experiences children bring from home are valued and built upon in our school setting. Families, schools, and communities all have significant roles to play in terms of what opportunities are available to children and how well a child is able to take advantage of those opportunities. The establishment and maintenance of positive reciprocal relationships among these settings for the purpose of coordination and continuity of services serves to benefit children.

At the Aurora Co-op Preschool, expectations for children are guided by our staff’s knowledge of the processes and sequences of young children’s learning and development and the optimal conditions under which children develop to their fullest potential. Early childhood education is largely child-centered education. Children are born ready to learn. The preservation of children’s natural curiosity and motivation to learn are enhanced and enriched through sensory-rich experiences, play, exploration, and language rich environments. Play is a very important and special part of childhood. Hands-on activities create natural, authentic contexts for learning that allow children to feel a sense of mastery as they develop a more complex understanding of their world. This philosophy follows with Piaget's ideals that children should be actively engaged in their world and various environments.

The preschool years are a time of significant growth, but young children learn in ways and at rates different from older children. Young children’s development and learning is rapid, uneven, and episodic. The wide range of skills, competencies and achievements children exhibit are the result of the complex mix of the ability to learn and past learning opportunities and experiences. The domains of children’s development are highly interrelated and learning within any one domain of development affects learning in the other domains.

Young children develop in an environment of influential relationships. They flourish when adult interactions provide security, nurturance, guidance and positive encouragement. Student learning - individually, within a small group, and during a whole class activity - is supported by caring professional teachers in our classrooms. A natural and joyful concentration is the result when students are truly engaged in a wide variety of challenging and interesting activities that are appealing, appropriate, and can be adapted for individual developmental patterns.

Development and learning are inextricably tied to the health and well being of children. At the Aurora Co-op Preschool, we strive to ensure that children are provided healthy and safe physical and interpersonal environments that support positive outcomes.

A Typical Day

"Two-Year-Old Class Schedule
Class meets Wednesday
AM Class PM Class
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome and Discovery Time (puzzles, small motor, 12:30 - 12:45
math, sand/water tables, play dough, easel painting)
9:30 - 9:50 Hello Song and Circle Time 12:45 - 1:05
9:50 - 10:10 Art and More Discovery Time (art, dramatic play, 1:05 - 1:25
blocks, sand/water, small motor, math)
10:10 - 10:20 Clean-up and Snack 1:25 - 1:35
10:20 - 10:35 Large Motor Activities 1:35 - 1:50
10:35 - 10:45 Closing Circle (Story Time and Goodbye Song) 1:50 - 2:00

Three-Year-Old Class Schedule
Class meets Tues/Thurs
AM Class PM Class
9:00 - 9:10 Arrival Activities (sand/water tables, puzzles, 12:30 - 12:40
play dough, shelf toys, coloring)
9:10 - 9:30 Circle Time (opening song, attendance, group 12:40 - 1:00
lesson, letter, color, and shape review)
9:30 - 10:20 Discovery Time (language arts, math, small 1:00 - 1:50
motor, blocks, science, art, dramatic play,
and sand/water)
10:20 - 10:35 Story Time 1:50 - 2:05
10:35 - 10:40 Bathroom Break/Clean-up 2:05 - 2:10
10:40 - 10:55 Snack Time 2:10 - 2:25
10:55 - 11:10 Music & Movement 2:25 - 2:40
11:10 - 11:25 Outdoor Play 2:40 - 2:55
11:25 - 11:30 Goodbye Song; prepare to go home 2:55 - 3:00

Four-Year-Old Class Schedule
Class meets Mon/Wed/Fri
AM Class PM Class
9:00 Welcome 12:30
9:05 - 9:25 Circle Time 12:35 - 12:55
9:25 - 10:25 Discovery Time 12:55 - 1:55
10:25 - 10:30 Clean-up 1:55 - 2:00
10:30 - 10:50 Small Group Activities 2:00 - 2:20
10:50 - 11:10 Bathroom Break/Snack Time 2:20 - 2:40
11:10 - 11:25 Gross Motor Activities 2:40 - 2:55
11:25 - 11:30 Goodbye Activities (Goodbye song, 2:55 - 3:00
review day with parents)
11:30 Dismissal 3:00"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year