Thoughts from your Director-Sarah Devlin-Tremble

Welcome to the Magothy Cooperative Preschool community!  You will find that through the year, each class bonds and becomes a small community. Part of our purpose of a cooperative is to foster community. We nurture it in each class, we bring our families together as a whole on enrichment trips, at General Membership Meetings and a special events, like our Garden Celebration Day. Our school also seeks to connect to the larger community through contributions and collaborations. These community bonds we forge are a model for our children as they observe our connections. They watch what we do and learn important lessons from our cooperative work.

It would be difficult to find the starting point on Magothy’s journey to becoming the vibrant school it is today. A cooperative school’s very nature relies on the talents and contributions of its families.  It is through the inspiration and perspiration of our parents that we continue to evolve into a program of excellence.

Thank you for sharing your hard work and new ideas so that we may continue to grow.

Thoughts from your Director- by Sarah Devlin-Tremble

From the Archives: December 2012
As we are entering the enrollment season for the next school year, my thoughts are how to best communicate what makes Magothy so special with prospective parents.

Even when I get prospective parents in the door for a tour;
I think some of the most unique aspects of our school might not be noticeable. I want to better feature our community, enrichment and academic excellence.

Community: We foster our community from the beginning with summer playdates and community building activities at Orientation Night. We create social events for our families to come together. Our class coordinators bind our classes together. Our board brings together parents from every class in the school to direct our school. At most preschools, it is difficult to get to know the families in your child’s class, let alone any other class in the school.

Enrichment: Many preschools take a trip or two during the school year. Not many schools offer monthly opportunities for trips, let alone bring our families special events such as Garden Celebration Days and Community Helper Day. We offer Parent Education during our General Membership Meetings. Parent Education is part of our Purposes at Magothy. We offer nationally accredited Music Together and other programs.

Academic Excellence: I love hearing the stories about former Magothy children’s success. In our PreK program, our children learn letter sounds, decoding skills, 50+ sight words, kindergarten math skills and a great set of social skills. We offer Scholastic News, Open Court and Treasures PreK reading programs, Handwriting without Tears, Journals, Art/Dictation Story Journals, small group work and more.

I have given you a list of strengths I would like to highlight. I believe that even with the best advertising tools I can find, the best advocate for our school is our own families. Word of mouth is a powerful thing. Please spread the word on Magothy’s excellence.

Parenting Insights by Ms.Lindy

From the archives: December 2012
This time of year yields lots of discussion on a number of topics such as family traditions, make believe vs. real and generosity.  Yet math is very present in the holidays too!  Patterns can be seen everywhere whether it is lights on houses or presents lined under the tree.  The act of gift-giving is often defined by children in mathematical terms like ‘large or small’ and ‘few or many’.  Mathematical thinking is an important skill for your child to develop in order to count and to solve problems that use numbers, size, or shape.  Help your child develop their mathematical thinking skills with these few tips:

  • Count out loud in everyday routines.  Count your child’s toes as you bathe, the buttons as you dress, and the number of steps as you walk.
  • Talk about size and shape.  Help your child learn the meaning of “big” and “small.”  Point out shapes of common objects—for example, the ball is round, the present is square.
  • Use positional words like over, under, and above.
  • Play with puzzles and blocks.  Putting parts together will help your child learn to problem solve and begin to develop spatial awareness.
  • Teach your child what a pattern is.  Ask your child what comes next in a pattern of blocks or plate of cookies or fruit.