Our Purpose: is to provide an independent nursery school for three to five year-old children. We are dedicated to direct parental involvement in the preschool experience.
Our Mission: is to establish a relaxed atmosphere so each child feels comfortable enough to learn social skills, discover independence and gain self confidence.
Acorns: This class consists of children ages 3-4. The class meets Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 9am until noon. Class size is limited to 12 students. We are currently enrolling children for the 2013-2014 school year.
Mighty Oaks: This class consists of children ages 4-5. The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am until noon. Class size is limited to 14 students. We are currently enrolling children for the 2013-2014 school year.
How a cooperative school works...
Parent involvement: Seeing your child discover and learn new things for the first time is a truly precious experience; at a cooperative preschool you get to share that experience with your child and witness first hand as they grow and learn.
An unique aspect of the cooperative community is the parent-teacher role. Our teacher is in the classroom every day and teams with one parent-teacher in the running of class each day. The parent-teacher also helps set up the classroom in the morning, provides a healthy snack for the group, and assists with classroom activities for the school day. As your child enjoys the special role of "helping child", you will have the opportunity to be a part of your child's education and to get to know their new friends. "Helping days", as they are called, end up being our student's favorite time at the school. Your child gets to have you, their parent, at their side as they share their show-and-tell, update the school's calendar and weather chart, and tell the joke of the day, as well as leading other activities with their peers!
We have families from all over the Seacoast area, not just Durham. Being a cooperative school we are often sought out by families from Durham, Madbury, Epping, Nottingham, Northwood, Newmarket, Barrington, Lee, and Dover.
Overview of a our program: Our program is such that each child will learn basic safety skills and rules needed for classroom operation. They will be introduced to the alphabet and numbers. Individual attention will be given with an emphasis on small and large motor skills, language development and listening skills. The children will have free playtime indoors and out, as well as numerous art, cooking and science projects. Some of the activities we enjoy as a class are: nature walks, singing, dance, reading, drama, games, counting, story time, circle time, letter recognition, character building, and field trips.