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Wallingford Co-Operative Nursery School

110 East Brookhaven Road
Wallingford, PA 19086

(610) 891-9165


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Participating in a cooperative nursery school gives parents the unique opportunity of observing the growth and development of their own children as well as other children of the same age in a school setting. At the same time, the parent takes an active part in providing a caring, happy learning atmosphere for his/her child and other children.
The main purpose of the Wallingford Cooperative Nursery School is to provide cooperative and readiness skills - social, physical, emotional and academic - in a caring school environment.
A cooperative nursery school is operated by the parents. Members, through the Executive Committee (EC), set guidelines and assume the administrative and financial responsibilities of the school. The educational program is under the direction of trained teachers and the Director, who are assisted in the daily schedule by the parents.
Cooperatives meet the needs of children and parents:
Children enjoy new learning activities and freedom of expression in creative play, and the arts.
Children learn to interact in a social group.
Children learn to share their parents.
Children learn to trust and respect adult leadership outside of the family.
Parents and teachers develop cooperation and effective communication skills.
Parents have free time during most school sessions.
Parents work closely with each other and staff to run the school and its special programs.
Families benefit from a cooperative:
It develops community spirit and provides companionship, new opportunities and incentive for the parents.
The parents can learn as much as the children. Skills and insights learned in school can be used at home.
Transition between home and school is smoother for parent and child.
Parents share in their child's first important school experience.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Social Skills
Follow directions, use manners, follow class rules and show respect for others, personal hygiene (bathroom, washing hands, zippers & buttons, managing backpacks).
Fine Motor Skills
Hold pencil/crayon correctly, use scissors properly, copy or trace shapes, letters, draw to express ideas, some writing.
Gross Motor Skills
Gym class: hop, jump, skip, catch. Music: clap, use rhythm sticks and tambourines. Also use building blocks and participate in playground activities.
Language Skills
Express ideas during circle time, respond to questions, comment on problems, listen to stories, lessons, repeat new ideas/words and learn poems and songs. Able to sit attentively, present to classmates. Create books with recorded and sometimes written sentences.
Math Concepts
Count, sort, recognize numbers and shapes, measure, estimate follow and create patterns. Numbers 1 to 20.
Observe simple experiments, weather, seasons, foods, nutrition, space, water, harvest, growing things, the five senses and animals/insects.
Social Studies
Learn about self, family, other cultures, holidays, types of transportation, occupations. Calendar - days, weeks, months, year and events.
Perform finger plays, songs, poems and dramatic action, dance, use rhythm instruments.
Learn colors (primary colors & how to make green, purple, etc.), paste, model with play dough, paint (easel, watercolors, sponge, print-making), use construction paper, paper bags, plates, paper rolls, etc.
Field Trips
Cognitive Development
Tell stories and listen, sing simple songs and perform finger plays, answer questions, follow directions, begin alphabet exposure, number concepts and matching and sequence building.
Social-Emotional Development
Share and take turns, develop respect for others, participate in group activities and independent play, develop self respect, practice personal hygiene/management.
Physical Development
Develop body awareness and senses, enjoyment of outdoor play. Fine motor skills: arts and crafts, play dough, puzzles, stringing/stacking. Gross motor skills: skipping and jumping, throwing and catching.
Excerpted from the preschool's website