Children learn through play. At Big Bend Cooperative preschool, children are encouraged to explore on their own, with other children, and with parents through theme related activities. BBCP provides an interactive an meaningful environment through organized activities called centers. More information on preschool centers is given here:
Gross Motor Centers
To stimulate and challenge your child’s physical development, an indoor climber, a rocking boat, and large blocks are available. Our fenced outdoor play yard has grass for running games, pavement for riding tricycles, a large climber and more.
Finger painting, collages, crafts, and projects encourages creative thinking, fine motor skills and emotional development.
Sand and water-table, ride-on toys, kitchenette, puppet theater, and a variety of dress-up clothes are a few of the choices for your child in this center. Dramatic play encourages language and social development.
Self control, sensory and cognitive development are the focus of this center. Children prepare food, try new foods, learn about health and safety issues and manners.
What role do parents play?
Preschool and Pre-K parents assists in the classroom 3-4 times a month. Toddler Parents attend every class with their child. Parents can hold a board member position, or help assist in daily operations of the school. The parent attends monthly parent education and business meetings. Enrolled parents also participate in fundraising, or can choose to pay a fundraising opt-out fee.
What does the teacher do?
The teacher prepares the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials. She moves among groups and individuals to facilitate children’s involvement with materials and activities by asking questions, offering suggestions, or adding more complex materials or ideas to a situation. The teacher guides and directs a circle time in which children delight in singing, reading aloud, rhythmic movement, talking and listening.