A Child-Centered Philosophy
| The curriculum at the Anchorage Cooperative Preschool is a child-centered philosophy that incorporates family and community values and lifestyles. Specific activities emerge from the children’s interests and ideas.
The following is a list of goals for ACP children, yet each child’s development is taken into account: a child who is just becoming socially active is only beginning the long process of sharing, taking turns and being a good friend. Positive social and emotional interactions are the main focus while academic endeavors are used to enhance the overall experience.
To learn through play and exploration To learn by doing (rather than demonstration) To understand how to be a friend To take turns To share with others To listen to others To help others To stand up for themselves (to be heard and respected) To negotiate in peaceful ways To increase attention spans To value themselves as individuals and group members To be willing to make mistakes and learn from them To be excited about discovery and learning To try new things To have fun
It’s The Children’s School
Our school is the children’s school. This means that the needs of children come first. During preschool hours:
- Children’s voices predominate.
- The teacher gives her attention and time to children.
- Adults show respect for children by listening to them, giving them real choices and attending to their needs.
- Conversations between adults are quiet and brief.
- Cell phone usage should not take place in the Preschool rooms.
- Only the foods and drinks available to children are allowed in the Preschool rooms; Coffee, sodas and other adult snacks can be consumed in the Family Room.
Of course adults need to exchange information and discuss issues; they also need to socialize. This is especially true since our school is a cooperative where all children’s families take an active part in the school. Adults spend a lot of time together and become friends. This is a wonderful part of the cooperative concept. But this means that we have to help each other remember to focus on the children during preschool hours. The Family Room is available for adult conversation during preschool for adults who are not working with children. Help the teacher devote her energy to the children. Please do not try to have an extended conversation with her during preschool hours. She wants and needs to give her time and attention to the kids. You can talk to her after preschool, call or e-mail or leave her a note in her box.