Preschool in San Francisco, CA 94131
Glen Park Canyon (chenery-elk)
San Francisco, CA 94131
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Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School is dedicated to providing children with a unique child-centered learning program in one of the few natural environments left in San Francisco.
The benefits of the co-op for children are nurturing love of our environment, laying a foundation for learning, and providing socialization skills.
The benefits of the co-op for parents are allowing parents to actively participate in their child’s education and providing a parental support system and a community for family development.
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While the morning and afternoon programs are separate, they both adhere to the same early childhood development philosophies. A play-based curriculum is carefully planned in order to recognize each child’s unique learning style, temperament, abilities, and development.
Curriculum structure can emerge from the children’s interests, needs, and desires, so that learning is concrete and meaningful to each child. Exploring and discovering nature encourages a child’s innate sense of curiosity and wonder.
Children learn through play and when they play in Glen Canyon they learn about themselves and the world around them. We play canyon raccoon on the rocks, count leaves on the ground, and examine bugs under magnifiers. We watch the seasons change, hunt for animal tracks in the dirt, and roll down a grassy slope on a warm day. These experiences stimulate a child’s social, physical and cognitive development and allow a child to feel connected with the natural world.
Central to our teaching is the belief that children need to learn how to express, identify, and validate emotions and to develop social skills. Also, children need adult nurturing in developing problem solving and intellectual abilities as well as the shared experiences of communication and language. With our diverse curriculum and environment, we focus on the children’s needs, abilities, and interests in order to promote each child’s growing self-esteem and self-concept.