Our youngest age group is called Cubs, and is composed of PreK and Kindergarten students.
PreK is defined age 4 by September 1st, 2022. All students must be FULLY potty trained. This means recognizing they need to use the restroom, informing an adult, going alone to the (in the classroom) restroom, using the toilet, wiping, flushing, putting back on clothes, washing hands, and returning to class. If they need pull ups, need someone to wipe them, or are having frequent accidents on a daily basis, then they are not ready for this program. We realize 4 year olds still have occasional urine accidents, but it should be a rare event for your child.
Elementary Programs, PreK-5th, are drop off programs. There is one qualified teacher and one aid per 12 students. Parents will be asked to be a classroom aid once or twice per semester for any of the 3 classrooms (may or may not be the class your child is in.) An assigned date and classroom will be given to you with our handbook. Please be prepared to have one day of childcare set up or be off work in order to help in the classroom. Any adult you know is welcome to fill that role (mom, dad, grandparents, aunt, uncle, etc.)
Behavior expectations: All students should be able to sit quietly and listen for around 5-20 minutes (varies by age), play without hurting others, play without destroying property, and follow directions from an adult without arguing. Students are expected to use indoor voices and walking feet while indoors. Students are expected to wear shoes and clothes the entire time they are at co-op. Students are expected to sit at a table in a chair for the entire lunch/snack without wandering about the room.
THA is a peanut free environment. Lunches and snacks need to be ready to eat (not heated up.)
There is a supply fee for art supplies and science experiment supplies. I assure you we use every cent, plus some, on your child! In addition to the supply fee for unusual items for projects, there is a supply list of basic school supplies to bring every week to class in a zipper bag/school box. These are very basic (pencil, crayons, scissors, etc.) and can be pre-loved supplies you already own. We also have them bring their own can of playdough to avoid sharing playdough and germs.
Cub classes are taught by Ms. Lauren. She has an extensive background in teaching preschool aged kids, and has lots of really fun projects planned for them this school year. She is kind and patient, and has great classroom management skills. She has two children of her own that also attend THA.
Cubs will have a morning meeting/SEL, storytime, a project that relates to the story read aloud, recess, snack, and lots of free play. Ms. Lauren has many exciting lessons in the works! Our cub program will focus a lot on a process over products, and have age appropriate expectations. This class will be structured play-based learning.
Cub Fridays will look like morning meeting, calendar time, science, recess, SEL, cooperative class games, table top learning, sensory experiences, and lots of time to play with friends. Ms. Lauren has a lot of fun art projects planned this school year! It will be so fun to see what all your kids create in her structured play-based learning class. Ms. Lauren does an excellent job of creating age appropriate lesson plans.
Check back later for more information about fees for the upcoming semester.