Parent-Tot Class

Offered on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening of each month, the Parent-Tot class is a pilot program this year for the Co-op. It will be held from 5:00-6:30 in our preschool classroom. It is an introductory preschool experience designed for younger children and their parent or caregiver. It is meant to help children in their first steps towards socialization and a love of learning. The program will include a theme-based experience offering art, sensory, music and circle time activities. It will be offered in three different 3-month sessions. Jessica Flaherty, who also teaches the 3-year-old preschool classes, will be the teacher for each session. Parents are required to stay with their child the entire time. Children should be 2 years old by the first day of class. 

Cost: $15 per class 

Dates: Fall Session, Winter Session, Spring Session


3 Year Old

Mondays and Thursdays

Physical Education on Thursday
Morning classes 8:30 am - 11 am
Afternoon classes 12:00 pm - 2:30pm

Jessica Flaherty teaches the three-year-old program at the Dexter Cooperative Nursery School. The three year olds attend on Mondays and Thursdays and there are two sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). There are three assist parents present during each class session to help the children as needed. It is a very warm and inviting atmosphere in which children and parents can interact and get to know each other. This provides a great environment for preschool learning.


4 Year Old

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Physical Education on Tuesday
Morning classes 8:30 am - 11 am
Afternoon classes 12:00 pm - 2:30pm

The DCNS 4 year old program runs in mornings and afternoons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There are three assist parents present during each class session to help the children as required. With the parents interacting with the children, the environment for preschool learning is natural and warm. As the year proceeds, the families become close, a sense of community is felt. This program is taught by Mrs. Holly Baker.


Physical Education

  • Introduction to Movement

    • A fun and safe school year starts with an introduction to movement. We practice moving safely to ‘big open spaces’ and using our ‘eyes’ to watch all around us. We use games like ‘Red light green light’ to teach ‘stop’ and ‘go’ and we use fun animal music to explore the 8 fundamental locomotor skills: hop, jump, leap, skip, gallop, walk, run and slide. The concept of ‘personal’ space is also reinforced.

  • Fitness

    • Fitness for preschool children involves simple exercises that use body weight to develop strength, bouts of activity to increase heart rate and stretches for flexibility. Lots of visual aids are used to help students become aware of all the fun and different ways to exercise.

  • Manipulative Skills

    • Learning to handle a ball or an object with the hands, feet and a paddle are the focus of this unit. Specific skills include kicking a ball, bouncing, rolling and throwing a ball and tossing a beanbag with a paddle. Fun games like ‘Clean up your backyard’ are used to apply these skills.

  • Gymnastics

    • Gymnastics builds on body awareness activities to produce more refined movements. The foundation of this unit is balance and then we move to agility skills and modified tumbling. Students culminate this unit by putting movements together to create a combo of several skills. Mats are used to keep activities safe and gentle.

  • Dance

    • Do you remember the ‘Hokey Pokey’ or the ‘Chicken Dance’? Dance lessons incorporate these songs to promote sensory motor development. Most students hear music and almost automatically move their bodies. We use this to our advantage to create emotionally safe learning experiences.


Keys To Success

  • Fun

    • After safety our next objective is fun! We keep things fun by inviting students to participate with great music and a colorful environment!

  • Life Skills

    • Most of the activities involve some sort of movement or concept that children will be able to apply for the rest of their lives.

  • Whole Child

    • We value physical, cognitive and social development. Small class sizes help us reach out to students in all areas.

  • Integration of Academic Concepts

    • hysical education is an ideal time for using academic concepts such as shapes and colors, counting and letters and sounds to connect with physical activities.

  • Combination of Structured and Guided Play

    • Kids want to “play”! Our program is a good mix of play and structure.

  • Mastery

    • It’s PRE-school, meaning it comes BEFORE school. If they don’t get it, it’s no big deal.