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Fredericksburg Cooperative Preschool

810 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 509-1374


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Fredericksburg Preschool, Inc. is a cooperative preschool, providing the unique opportunity for the families to be involved by running the school and participating in the classroom. Our highly qualified teachers present a play-based curriculum centered on monthly themes. Emphasis is on all areas of early childhood development and solid preparation for elementary school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The educational program of the Fredericksburg Cooperative Preschool is developed by the teachers with member approval. Ours is a theme based program in which the students explore colors, shapes, foods, community helpers, science, math, language, and cultural topics. FPI places a strong emphasis on each child's social/emotional development. Our program provides free choice and ample opportunities for pretend play, sensory activities, building and constructing, and manipulative play. Literacy is also emphasized with finger plays, rhymes, stories, music and dramatic play. The unique offering of our school is each parent's opportunity to be involved in the classroom, helping to bridge the gap between home and school.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught A music teacher comes to our school twice monthly for each class to lead the students in music and movement.

From the Director:

Our school has an excellent supply of puzzles, books, manipulatives, wall art, flannel sets, magnets, playdough cutters, and inkstamps that we are able to change out our selections, monthly, to coordinate with the learning themes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers take time to assess each child's progress in key learning areas and are able to provide individualization, as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Fredericksburg Cooperative Preschool believes that children's natural way of learning is through play. We believe the school should provide a setting with experiences that stimulate each child's development, as well as encourage social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. We also believe the school should stimulate every child's natural creativity and curiosity. Teachers are responsible for the classroom and curriculum, and the parents defer to the teachers' professional expertise.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:15 Parent-helper and child-helper arrive and complete special tasks.
9:15-9:35 Hello time and manipulative play. All other children arrive. Parents may linger and do puzzles and board games with their children.
9:35-9:55 Circle time. The teacher leads the children in weather, calendar, sharing, songs, and finger plays.
9:55-10:55 Free play. The children choose their activities from various "centers." These include free-art table, science area, dress-up area, blocks, sand/water table, reading corner, art easel, puppet theater, and home making. Also, a craft project is presented each day that is completed solely by the children.
11:00 Snack. The special helper provides a wholesome snack.
11:15 Quiet reading
11:30-11:45 Story time/special activity/ classroom visitor/music.*
11:45-12:15 Outdoor play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our parents are highly involved in our school because they help in our classroom on a regular basis (once every 4-6 weeks). The teachers also provide a daily report for the parents to read when they arrive at the end of the school day.
There are 2 parent/teacher conferences each year (fall and spring) to discuss each child's progress and development. Teachers are also available to meet with parents as needed throughout the year. Phone numbers and email addresses are provided for parents to contact teachers with any questions or concerns.
Our newsletter committee produces a monthly newsletter and the teachers submit reports for each class to be included in every newsletter.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

There is not any way to predict how your child will feel and act on the first day of school. If your child cannot easily separate from you, feel free to stay with him/her. The teacher can help you decide when it is the best time for you to leave. When you do need to go, it is best not to ask your child if it is all right for you to go. Try not to linger, but be matter of fact and assure the child that you must go, but that you will return before lunch. Please do not try to sneak out. The teacher or aide will be able to assist by redirecting your child to an activity in the classroom while you leave. You can also arrange to meet your child at the Waving Window (a special place in our classroom) for a final good-bye!