belmont cooperative nursery school

130 Common Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478
617-489-3259

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Programs

Belmont Co-op offers three nursery school classes and three parent-child groups:

3-Day Class   (For students 2 yrs. 9 mo. to 3 yrs. 11 mo. by Sept. 1)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00 am - noon
3-Day Class   (For students 2 yrs. 9 mo. to 3 yrs. 11 mo. by Sept. 1)
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00 am - noon
4-Day Class   (For students 4 yrs. old by Sept. 1)
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am - noon

Stay & Play Program  (Ages 1 yr. 9 mo. to 2 yrs. 9 mo. with caregiver)
Wednesday 9:15 - 10:45 am
Three 10-week sessions
Fall Session: Sept. 27 to Dec. 13, 2017, (No class 10/25 and 11/22)
Winter Session: Jan. 3 to Mar. 14, 2018, (No class 2/21)
Spring Session: Mar. 21 to May 30, 2018, (No class 4/18)
* We need a minimum of 4 children to run the class.

Preschool Calendar
The school year begins the week after Labor Day and ends in early June. Vacations and snow days correspond to those of the Belmont Public School System.

Curriculum

All of our programs give children a warm, supportive environment in a comfortable group setting outside the home. Projects and materials are carefully chosen to offer children a wealth of resources and challenges. Belmont Co-op provides a hands-on, child centered curriculum that facilitates individual growth and promotes curiosity, creativity and conviction. Our emergent curriculum allows children to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that are authentic and meaningful to each class and child. Our faculty act as facilitators and co-learners who guide, challenge, and learn from each.

At Belmont Co-op, we focus on the growth of the whole child and provide diverse opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, language and motor growth. We encourage families to share their interests, questions, and special gifts with our community of learners.

Stay & Play Program
Belmont Co-op offers a Friday morning program for children ages 1.9 to 2.9 and their caregivers. The Stay & Play Program offers young children a unique opportunity to engage with their peers in an early childhood setting. Each class will include developmentally supportive activities including sensory exploration, circle time, and dramatic play. The sessions will be Reggio Emilia based and will promote emerging autonomy and social skills. The cost is $200 per session. We need a minimum of 4 children to run the class.

Daily Schedule

Each day starts with a period of free play during which the children move among various activities. One area provides games, puzzles, and books for quiet play. Painting and other art projects are always available. The sand, water and playdough tables encourage experimentation. A dress-up corner with a playhouse also stimulates the imagination. An extensive block and toy collection facilitates cooperative or individual play. During free play the children are encouraged to participate in a project that is part of a unit they are studying.

Later, clean-up time leads into circle time. The children come together to enjoy stories, songs, dramatic play and simple games based on concepts such as matching, counting and letter recognition. Then the children eat a healthy snack provided by a parent helper.

Extended Day Program
Children can also take part in an extended day option from noon to 2:30 p.m. Held daily, the Extended Day option gives children the opportunity to interact with children of multiple ages. Children bring a lunch from home and enjoy specially planned activities.

Enrichment

Habitat
Belmont Co-op is excited to partner with Habitat, a Mass Audubon education center and wildlife sanctuary in Belmont, to develop an enrichment program for all three classes at the preschool. The 4-day class learns about nature and local organisms in an outdoor setting through 16 visits to Habitat during the fall and spring of the school year. A Habitat educator leads the classes through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, exploration and play, assisted by Belmont Co-op teachers. Habitat educators visit the 3-day classrooms at Belmont Co-op and present opportunities for the children to learn about local nature and seasonal change through exploration, active observation and activities.

Music - Maf Terry
Music is an essential part of every child's development, and we provide children the opportunity to experience and participate in music each day. In addition, Maf Terry, one of our wonderful and musically talented 4 day teachers, visits each of the classrooms once a month to lead participatory music activities.

Drama - Kidstock
Staff from Kidstock engage the children in theater-related activities, using stories, skits and scenes to tell stories together as a collaboration.

 

 

  settling in

Settling in

During free play, the children move freely among various activity stations.

getting messy

Getting messy

Making artwork related to the current unit of study is often done during the free play period.

coming together

Coming together

During circle time, the children enjoy singing, storytelling and simple games as a group.

Getting fresh air

The children participate in frequent outdoor activities.