Our curriculum at El Segundo Cooperative Nursery School emphasizes play and hands-on experience. We endeavor to create a stimulating learning environment that balances sensory activities, cognitive skill games, and fine and gross motor activities.

The curriculum revolves around a monthly theme, with planned daily activities that build upon the theme. Some of these activities include:Child-centered art projects, easel painting and play-dough.

  • Children’s cooking and food-preparation projects
  • Outdoor play, such as climbing, digging, running and ball games
  • Science and nature projects, including a magnetic sand table and animals to observe
  • Reading books in our library area
  • Musical activities and instruments
  • Fantasy play
  • Movement and dance
  • Sand, water table and seed table play
  • Building toys and manipulatives, such as puzzles, blocks and trains
  • Carpentry projects
  • Guest visitors and field trips

Through these types of play, our programs develop and satisfy a child’s natural desire to learn, so s/he may gain:

  • Self-reliance
  • Independence
  • Respect for others and the environment
  • Cooperation
  • Logical thinking
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Readiness for formal learning