“Spending my work days with bright, interesting, busy 2-3 year olds and their parents makes this the best job a person could ask for!”
My first exposure to the co-op model for preschool began in the ‘70’s when I attended a Parent Toddler group with my oldest child. The emphasis on first hand involvement in my child’s education, connecting with other Parents and having the rich resources of my child’s teacher readily available was the perfect fit to my early childhood education expectations. My experience with Co-op continued through all four of my children’s preschool years and when my youngest child graduated from the program, I “changed hats” and became a Co-op teacher at Edmonds Co-op Preschool! The 2014/15 school year will celebrate my twenty-second year teaching with Edmonds Cooperative Preschool!
Play is the work of children! I feel that facilitating that work (play) by allowing a child to work in their chosen area as long as they wish during free choice time, communicates a belief that they are doing what is most important on that day, for their growth and development. Consistency and routine to the preschool day help the child with separation and trust, instilling a sense of sequence to tasks such as hand washing, toileting, selection of snack seating and circle time.
I feel privileged to be a part of this time in a child’s life as they grow and mature from toddlers to preschoolers. My hope and belief is that each individual who participates in our class will have fun, learn new ideas and feel respected regardless of their age!