Since 1960, Shoreline Cooperative Preschool has served as a community and family-oriented organization that provides educational resources for parents and children to learn and play together. We are a preschool lab of Shoreline Community College. Our school is led by our fantastic teacher Patty Cheng, who just celebrated her 25th anniversary at SCP and we are pleased to welcome Jessica Gessinger who teaches our Adventurer’s and Discoverer’s classes .
We think play is essential for children to learn. Children need lots of time to pursue their own ideas, and to do things in their own way. Through play children explore their world, find out how to get along with others, test their skills and muscles, try out new ideas, and feel competent enough to try different activities. With adult interaction and supervision a language-rich environment is revealed and expanded. The following is taken from Janet Brown McCracken, Play is FUNdamental and something we believe in:
Through Play Children Learn…
- Problem Solving
- Strength and Coordination
At Shoreline Cooperative Preschool:
- We notice and respect children’s individual styles of approaching new people and new experiences.
- We give children many choices in determining their own activity, since making choices on their own builds self awareness and helps them establish sound judgment.
- We believe children engage in those activities from which they are learning the most and they should be encouraged to follow those interests. Adults help best when we support and encourage but do not dominate.
- We believe playing pretend is a vital activity. Young children’s fantasies and imaginings are their most developed ways of representing their lives and feelings. We notice and learn from this kind of play, and even encourage.
- We believe that young children learn with their whole bodies. Getting messy with finger paints is just as important as playing dress up or running and tumbling.
- We view discipline as another form of teaching. We find positive methods to teach children what it means to live and play with others.
- We believe that children gain the security that extends beyond the school itself. A community is built when the parents share their talents, knowledge, and time with the school.
- We believe parents gain mutual support from each other through caring for the children and sharing responsibilities and concerns.
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Shoreline Cooperative Preschool admits students of any sex, race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Shoreline Cooperative Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and any other school-administered programs.