Orchard Park Co-op Education Program
The Orchard Park Co-operative Preschool offers three different programs for children ages two and a half through five years old. Additionally, we have a half day summer camp.
All of the Co-op’s programs are similarly structured. Each level uses a theme based approach for teaching in which the focus of the lesson is developed through an array of picture books, direct instruction, art projects, math work, music, games, and field trips. The children learn through many approaches as they move from one learning center to another, playing and exploring at their own pace.
3 Year Old
Each class is staffed by one certified teacher and two co-oping parents. The Three Year Old Class meets two mornings a week and accepts children who will be three by December 1, 2017.
4 Year Old
Each class is staffed by one certified teacher and one or two co-operating parents. The Four Year Old Class meets three mornings a week and accepts children who will be four by December 1, 2017.
The Four Plus Program meets five mornings a week and is designed for children who are eligible for kindergarten and older four year olds who will be five by March 1, 2018. Parent participation is required only as needed for field trips and special projects.
Camp Lunch Bunch is an optional ½ day camp that runs for the 3 weeks after the end of the Co-op’s school year.
2017-2018 School Year:
Week 1: May 30th-31st, June 1st
Week 2: June 5th-8th
Week 3: June 12th-15th
The emphasis of all the programs is on the whole child which includes much more than academic learning alone. Every program is designed to strengthen social skills with adults and other children, enrich and develop a feeling for music, build physical strength and control, and instill a love of learning that will support all future schooling. All of these goals are fostered within a nurturing environment of exploration, expression, and enthusiasm.
We instill an enjoyment of books, develop ability to discriminate by sight, touch, sound, recognize shapes and begin counting.
Our children gain general coordination of movement, do age-appropriate puzzles, string beads, place pegs, and hold pencil correctly.
They will learn to function as part of a group, share, take turns, follow routines like cleaning up, and gain independence in self-help