KINDERGARTEN READINESS

"No matter what class they are in or what sport or other extracurricular activity, they always have another KOCO kid with them. It is like always having a sister or brother with you."  KOCO Parent
Kindergarten Readiness options:

8:30-12:00 or 8:30-2:30

Full time or Part time

 

10:1 ratio of students to teachers

(max 18:2)

Certified CT Head Teacher

Formal academic assessments

Parent-teacher conferences

Individual cots for naptime

Stimulating room environment

  • Music, books, toys, art, science, math

  • Individual attention

  • Curriculum supports Connecticut Early Learning & Development Standards (CT-ELDS)

  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) compliant

  • Investigations-style curriculum

  • Get Set for School and Handwriting Without Tears academic programs

  • Enrichment Curriculum includes American Sign Language, Story Kitchen, Literacy Program, Muzzy Spanish

  • Varied outdoor play areas

  • Field trips in spring and fall

  • Parents provide food, beverages, spare clothes, bedding

  • Administrators certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration

  • Weekly visits from Health and Educational Consultants

  • Weekly Second Step Social-Emotional Program

  • Memorial Elementary School consultations as needed

  • Quarterly enrichment visitors

LEARNING EXPERIENCES: "Investigations"

The teachers and students at KOCO investigate topics  of interest throughout the school year. In lieu of a traditional lesson plan, each class decides what they already Know about a particular topic, discuss what they Want to know about the topic, and then they devise learning experiences to help them Learn (K-W-L model). Topics for early childhood investigations are ideally quite simple; recent investigations topics have included Hands, Apples, Balls, and Shoes.  

 

Ideas generated by each "investigation" are webbed collaboratively; the web becomes a "living document", to be added to, changed, and otherwise revised as the investigation progresses. Students control the depth and length of each investigation (topics of great interest may generate investigations of a month or more!).

 

Visit Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Early Childhood Education to learn more about Investigations-style learning experiences.

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