4'S PRESCHOOL: ROOM 105
"While your children are at KOCO you have peace of mind knowing that they are in a caring and safe environment. There are also teaching the children the same things we teach at home: being kind to others, showing respect, being responsible, etc." KOCO Parent
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.
4's Preschool: Room 105
For 4 Year Olds
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Standard Program Hours
6:30 am – 7:00 am Early Opening
8:30-12:00 or 8:30-2:30
Full time - 5 days/week
Part-time schedule available
10:1 ratio of students to teachers
Formal academic assessments
Individual cots for naptime
Stimulating room environment
Music, books, toys, art, science, math
Curriculum supports Connecticut Early Learning & Development Standards (CT-ELDS)
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) compliant
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