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Arlington Unitarian Co-op

4444 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22204-1340

(703) 892-3878


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Self-confidence and independence. Our goal is a sense of individual worth for each child. A child who has a positive self-image finds it easy to develop good relationships with others.
Physical and muscular development and coordination. Emphasis is placed on development of both large and small muscle control.
Social development. Our classrooms offer places where a child can regularly interact with other children, thereby learning to get along and share in a group situation.
Practical living. \"Practical Life\" is the recognition of and reaction to everyday responsibilities (e.g., cleaning up at the end of an activity).
Cognitive Development. Our purpose is to instill in each child the excitement of discovery and the incentive to explore. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"In a nutshell, a typical class day at AUCP is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes:

Free Choice Period. Children choose materials with which to work (1 hour).
Snack. Provided by co-oping parents.
Circle Time. Teacher-directed story time, music, show & tell, share time, general group discussion, talks or demonstrations by parent or community worker, and oral instruction time for upcoming classroom activities (5-20 minutes, depending on group receptivity).
Interest Center/Activity. Adult-directed. Children participate in as many as three teacher-planned activities such as arts and crafts projects, games, specific large or small motor skill practice, or specially chosen manipulatives.
Playground. (25-40 minutes)
Lunch. Each child brings his/her own.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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