At the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool, we are continuously developing a rich, multidisciplinary, experience for children. Part of this is presenting children with ample opportunities to learn and engage through a wide variety of modalities. Here is a sampling of some enrichment activities our children may enjoy throughout the school day.

 

Artists in Bloom For the month of April, we will come together for a school-wide curriculum- Artists in Bloom. The staff has been working together to plan activities around famous artists, different art mediums, photography, and all things art related. We will be weaving this theme into all areas of learning, including science, math, literacy, and social studies. Our month will begin with an interactive in-house field trip from the MFA, and end with a gallery exhibit in the school. We can't wait to make Picasso, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Pollock, and many other famous artist-inspired masterpieces!

Winter Wonderland This January our whole school will participate in an immersive curriculum- Winter Wonderland.  The children will explore the science behind cold weather, delve into geography by exploring the different parts of the world where winter can be found, and learn all about winter animals and hibernation.  Through hands on math, science, art, literacy, and cooking activities, the children will come together to explore all the magic winter has to offer!

Field Trips Family field trips are a Sudbury Co-op tradition. We start the school year by going apple picking with the whole school as a way to build our community and get to know each other. In addition, each class may have outings that include autumn visits to local farms, or a spring field trip. The whole school also makes a tradition of reading Make Way for Ducklings and visiting the Boston Public Gardens in late May. The PreK class varies their spring trip, but in the past has visited the Butterfly Place and Drumlin Farms.  

Science Program We believe that children’s innate inquisitiveness makes them natural scientists. We include science in all our classes, with a developmentally appropriate science curriculum that includes experimentation and experiential activities that encourage children to observe the world around them.

Music Program We include music in all of our classes as a wonderful and fun teaching tool. Our goal is to broaden the children’s exposure to different sounds, and to develop listening and response skills. These activities also help train the ear; distinguishing between loud and soft sounds, high and low sounds, and the appreciation of different genres of music. The Sudbury Cooperative Preschool’s music program emphasizes singing and expressive movement. Children learn vocabulary, understand narrative, practice memory and improve articulation. Rhythmic and expressive movements accompany the songs and games.

In addition, all our students participate in twice monthly music with Rachel Williams, who has been owner of Little Hill Music Studio in Sudbury since 2008, and has taught music classes in and around the Sudbury area for many years. Her teaching style fosters a creative musical environment, so the children learn as they play together. While toddlers are gently introduced to rhythmic instruments with familiar songs, classes with 3 and 4-year-olds incorporate patterns and rhythm play within traditional oral stories to help foster pictorial imagination while instilling an understanding of varied rhythmic concepts. Participation and fun is always encouraged through games and improvisation!   

Spanish Program Our director, Britta Rieser, is a native of Mexico and has extensive experience teaching Spanish to children. She seeks to engage the children in an immersive language experience. All our classes participate in monthly activities that expose them to Spanish through movement, songs, games, cooking, and activities that engage the senses and imagination.

Literacy Program We seek to engage children with stories throughout their school experience. To further encourage a lifelong love of reading in our students, we have partnered with the Goodnow Library across the street.  Our classes make regular trips to the library, where they participate in story time and a craft activity.

Movement Program All our classes participate in a twice monthly movement adventure with Be Ahead of the Game. Be Ahead of the Game offers creative movement programs for preschools, where they work to develop children's gross motor skills through creative movement and sports.  They foster a safe and fun atmosphere that develops children's tactical, technical, physical, and psychological/social abilities, with the goal of instilling healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

Yoga for Social and Emotional Development Our yoga classes are child-centered and based on the signature program of Flow and Grow Yoga. Classes infuse yoga tools with social emotional learning, where children learn to choose language, poses, and breathing techniques for each of four strong emotions that young children deal with on a regular basis. Providing these skills with regular practice promotes self and social awareness, decision-making, and self-regulation. Yoga in Early Childhood is a noncompetitive exercise that fosters in children self-esteem and body awareness. Our yoga instructor works on flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. As a result the children’s concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.  

 
 

Multicultural Activities We strive to encourage cultural understanding in our children, and offer enrichment programs to that effect. In the past, these activities have included hosting local Lion Dancers, an African Drums music program, and Music and Dance of India.

Special Visitors We often have additional special events, including an annual fire safety visit from the local fire department, and variable annual programs, such as a visit from a pediatric dentist for Dental Health Month, special presentations from the Museum of Fine Arts, or engagements by parents within our community.