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the Lake Co-op Preschool

110 Sweet Briar Park Rd
Locust Grove, VA 22508

(540) 972-9682

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

In order to foster a secure and effective educational agenda, the programs of the preschool include but are not limited to individual attention focused on each child in all areas of development, a scheduled school day so that each child will have the security of knowing the sequence of activities and routines, balanced carefully with enough flexibility to allow for the individual differences and permit relaxed, unhurried movement from one activity to another, Local field trips are planned, children have access to a variety of materials and equipment that foster learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A. WE BELIEVE IN THE UNIQUENESS OF EVERY CHILD - All children grow and develop at a different pace. We feel the differences, which exisit among children and within their family experiences, should be recognized and built upon so all might grow in the capacity to relate and develop as human beings.
B. OUR GOAL FOR ALL CHILDREN IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT - When a child finds succes and approval in preschool, his/her confidence grows. He/She begins to build the kind of self image that will allow him/her to reach out freeely to others and want others to reach out to him/her
C. WE RECOGNIZE PLAY AS THE NATURAL MODE OF LEARNING FOR THE YOUNG CHILD -Within the context of play, our curriculum emphasizes sensory awareness, independent thinking, and decision making. We have created an environment, which offers variety in the fullest sense: in people, experiences, and materials.
D. WE BELIEVE THAT EDUCATION IS MORE EFFECTIVE WHEN PARENTS AND TEACHERS WORK TOGETHER. In a cooperative preschool, home and family are extended in the school setting. We believe parents and teachers can learn from each other. Their partnership promotes and enriches the learning environment for children at home and at school.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In the beginning of the year we send orientation packages in the mail, we hold a parent orientation night and a meet the teacher day. Each month the school hold PTO meetings. Bi-annually we hold parent teacher conferences and send out progress reports. Each month a school wide newsletter is distributed. Family projects are assigned periodically. A website in in place with information and links to other sites where parents can gain ideas of activities to do with their children. Parents are always invited to help in the classroom.

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


Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are asked to never "sneak" out of the classroom. Parents will be invited to stay for 30 minutes the first time, then 20, then 10 then five. For however long it takes for their child to be comfortable.