Newport’s pre-school co-op has openings for children 3 to 5 years of age who could benefit from exciting ways to learn about the world around them and better prepare them for regular school when they’re ready for kindergarten. The Mouse Factory is conducting an open house for all parents of pre-schoolers who want to enhance their children’s chances of scholastic success down the road.
The Mouse Factory, again, a co-op, so it’s part tuition, part “volunteering” by mom, dad, grandma or grandpa. They say it keeps cost down and instructional value high. Teacher Vanessa Clausing has been a pre-school teacher for many years and likes to concentrate on making learning exciting by directing and rewarding children for what they discover thereby learning the joys of learning. There is heavy emphasis on what’s called the “sensory table,” which involves paper projects, reading along with lots of outdoor excursions dealing with wildlife and plants.
Parental volunteers can fill two or four shifts a month of 9am-12noon, thereby keeping tuition low – the more shifts, the lower the tuition thereby taking on a co-op flavor to the school’s structure.
The Mouse Factory is at 227 NE 12th Street in Newport – actually inside an outer classroom, with a large outdoor play area at the southeast corner of the First Presbyterian Church. They are quick to add that they are not a religious based school.
The Mouse Factory Open House is Thursday, May 30, from 9am-12noon. Stop in and explore on behalf of your little one for whom you have so much hope and high expectations!