Academic Curriculum

Academic Curriculum

The Co-op is built on the educational principal of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. That means that children are taught through methods that provide the best opportunities for learning at their stage of development. Our classrooms are arranged in learning centers, and instruction is reinforced with hands-on experiences that promote meaningful participation at each child’s level. Developing reading and math skills and understanding natural world are part of each day’s lessons through both instruction and play. Co-op students leave our school with the skills and knowledge they need for kindergarten academics and with a love of learning that goes far beyond.

Academic Activities

  • Art
    • Experiment with a variety of art mediums (paint, fingerpaint, glue, paper, etc.)
    • Begin to use creativity in art
  • Music
    • Learn simple songs and musical games
    • Do rhythmic activities
    • Do body movement activities
    • Hear and use various musical instruments
    • Listen to different kinds of music
  • Drama
    • Use imagination (in play--making up stories and songs)
    • Act out familiar stories and songs
    • Explore “body language”
    • Demonstrate feelings through body movement

Language Arts

  • Instill an enjoyment of books
  • Learn proper care of books
  • Develop listening skills
  • Learn finger plays
  • Use language to express ideas, feelings and to gain information
  • Recognize first name
  • Do puzzles of increasing difficulty
  • Discriminate by color, size, shape
  • Begin to develop ability to discriminate by sight, touch, sound
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Recognize same and different

Social Science

  • Learn about families and customs
  • Become aware of different cultures through stories, foods, visitors
  • Learn about various kinds of homes
  • Learn about community helpers


  • Recognize shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
  • Count by rote to 5 or more
  • Recognize numerals 1–3 (or more)
  • Sort objects
  • Learn 1–1 correspondence


  • Become aware of environment in general
  • Investigate surroundings—indoors and out
  • Recognize seasonal changes
  • Learn about animals, insects, birds
  • Experiment with water, wind, color, ice, heat, plants, magnets
  • Learn about good nutrition, dental health, safety