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Older preschoolers are focusing on social-emotional development as they become more independent, engage in cooperative play with friends and negotiate social issues. Dramatic play becomes more elaborate as they become comfortable working with others in cooperative play and incorporating their social and community experiences. An emphasis is put on fostering the love of books and encouraging children at their own pace to explore pre-reading skills, writing and drawing. At this age, the child is working on self-help skills like zipping jackets, following simple routines and transitioning between activities. They still turn to adults for guidance and support, but are becoming more independent in everything from play to problem solving. Adults take on a supporting role helping model and guide them when they are having difficulties. The skills they are learning at this age, including turn taking, being able to participate in group activities, forming friendships and becoming more independent, are the foundation for success in elementary school.
Eligibility: Children between the ages of 3.5 and 4
Tuition: $4,608 for the 2023/24 school year ($512 per month)
Class hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:15am – 1:15pm
Maximum enrollment: 12 students
Teacher: Sarah Erdman
Teacher’s aide: Carol Hamal
There are always two adults in the classroom: the teacher and an aide or a parent, making the adult to child ratio (1:6).
Parents with a child in this class can expect to co-op in the school approximately 7-8 or less times during the school year. Parents are also asked to drive on 2-3 field trips.
A typical day in the Blues class looks like:
9:15 – Arrival at the playground
9:30 – Morning meeting
9:40 – Gross Motor Playground Time
11:15 – Come inside for lunch
11:30-1:00 – Lunch and indoor play
1:00 – Story time
1:15 – Dismissal
FB Meekins is a cooperative preschool in which parents play an integral role in their child's classroom experience and in the operation of the school. The result is a tight-knit community of teachers, parents and families working together to create a fun, safe, and nurturing environment in which our children can learn and grow.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
FB Meekins Cooperative Preschool admits any student of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at this school. Meekins does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, hiring of employees, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.