Very nurturing, understanding staff. Both my kids have felt extremely comfortable being away from home for the first time. The also do a lot of art and science projects that my kids absolutely love. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to a friend.
I am incredibly impressed by the teachers and curriculum at the Windham Co-Op. The lesson plans are very structured while also allowing children time for free play with the educational toys throughout each classroom. The Coop has given my son a very positive impression of school. He loves being there and counts down the days over the weekend until he can come back to school. I also really enjoy the Co-op atmosphere and feel a real sense of community. I have made some lifelong friends through interactions with other families at the Co-op.
In one if the other reviews I read that the curriculum here is lacking. I couldn't disagree more. My child received the skills necessary to excel in first grade. In comparing schools with other parents, the co-op's teachers are exceptionally organized and offer a structured curriculum...and they go about it with the kindness and sweetness you would expect from a preschool teacher. Very impressed!
My youngest started nursery school at the co-op in the fall and we have been extremely pleased with the teaching staff. The nursery teacher is very knowledgeable and has a keen sense of her students' needs. The nursery curriculum involves lots of cutting, coloring, finger painting, play dough, learning numbers and letters, music, and outside play time. The teacher-student ratio is really good and beautiful, clean building!
The Windham Co-op provided an exceptional learning experience to both of my children from nursery through kindergarten. The teachers are nurturing, experienced, well-trained and enthusiastic. The school's curriculum incorporates math and reading programs used in Windham public schools as well as Handwriting without Tears. The programs include a lot of science as well. The staff and parent board are responsive, eager to address, and open to parent concerns and suggestions. The school community is tight-knit, supportive, and very involved with many of the children and families maintaining friendships well into public school and beyond. My children are confident, inquisitive learners and enjoy school which I attribute in part to their experience at the Co-op. Every school has its' strengths and weaknesses, but the Windham Co-op's strengths far exceed any of its' weaknesses!
Both of my children have attended here and I think the parent involvement is wonderful and a great opportunity! My 2 complaints are the curriculum and the staff. They need to re-evaluate their curriculum and if they are really preparing kids for our public school. The staff does not have the enthusiasm that preschoolers should be around. It is great for a nursery program-first school experience and parent involvement is great-but they have a few things they need to really work on.
The Coop is a fanstastic place to start your child's education. The staff is intelligent and dedicated. They all work very hard to produce a learning environment where children can thrive. Lastly, the parental involvement truly adds to the experience.