Friday Afternoons at the Coop School

A recent Friday afternoon at the school was an example of why I love and appreciate this Coop community so much. It was much too cold to go outside and so the teachers worked together to create a set of activities that delighted the children. A teacher hosted a science experiment that she has been sharing with each classroom – the teacher helped them discover how to lift an ice cube out of a glass of water with a piece of yarn and some salt. They can do this with you at home, too. Just ask them how!


Room 12’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree

As science was happening in one room, two other teachers were cozied up in another room with their children working on letters and names and other hands on small group learning activities with lots of teacher attention .


Room 16’s Winter Literacy Board

And as science and literacy were happening downstairs, two other rooms were upstairs doing yoga. I was amazed at how well the children could do the poses – the teacher had them moving between snowflake poses and sun salutations. They practiced icicle breathing and stretched like polar bears. It was wonderful to see the 3 and 5 year olds side by side practicing their yoga poses and breathing.

That week, one of our teachers also taught her first week of curriculum. It’s exciting for a new teacher to teach for the very first time. We are excited to give her that opportunity and watch her flourish as a Cooperative teacher.

IMG_6120 Room 10’s Emperor Penguin

The last few weeks have been challenging for all of us with all the snow, school cancellations, and the travel woes but all of our teachers continue to create, invest themselves and work together to offer exciting days of learning and exploration with your children. The whole team supporting each other, helping each other, covering each other, being flexible and accommodating is wonderful to watch. I am very proud to be a member of such an inspiring group of talented and energetic educators!

Author: Gail Ader

Early childhood education is my passion and I have worked in this field since 1998, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Child centered learning in a supportive and developmentally appropriate setting is the key to high quality programs. As the Executive Director at the Cooperative Learning Community my focus is on supporting my team so that they can focus on their children and families.