Yesteryear’s Neighborhood in Today’s Co-op

by Carol Cross-Phillips

Times have changed so much. Many of us remember a childhood where screen doors flung open and the children in the neighborhood raced down the street to meet up with all the other kids. There wasn’t usually a plan, a schedule, or even a set location to meet. Someone might bring a ball, someone might bring a shoebox with a newly caught praying mantis, and the fun would just begin. Parents didn’t worry. In fact, they often pushed the kids out with the all-too-familiar nudge, “Go!! Play outside!” Children romped from hillside to backyard to creek to the climbing tree. They got messy, they explored, they dug in the dirt; they made pretend perfumes and mudpies. Continue reading Yesteryear’s Neighborhood in Today’s Co-op

The Co-Op Option

By Sarah Davis Cler

The moment I knew I was in love with co-op preschooling happened at my first school membership meeting, as the parents in our class of 20 discussed general business and student behavioral issues. My son’s teacher addressed a parent in our group about the progress of her son. “Well,” responded the parent, “We’ve finally convinced him that he can only speak cat at home.” It seemed her three-year-old had such a passion for cats that he was completely convinced of his ability to speak the language. Our class proceeded to spend the next 10 or 15 minutes discussing tactics for respecting the boy’s cat/English bilingualism while encouraging him to speak English at school, and transitioning to the realm of associative (versus parallel) play full time. Continue reading The Co-Op Option