Cooperative Unschool

Parent Cooperative Unschool
More than a Family Day Care
TBA

9am-4pm Monday-Thursday Parent Cooperative
Su and Parent care for Children ages 2-5

Once a month for an hour Adult and child together structured/unstructured Creative arts activities led by Su

I am confident you will find that my passion and commitment to young people and their families, my abundant creativity, and positive energy will be an asset to your family.

My BS from Lesley University in elementary, special education and early childhood education began my 40 year journey working with children of all ages as a creative arts educator, children’s edutainer, and nanny. During that time, I successfully ran my own family day care for 12 years bringing an integrated and emergent curriculum to the children I taught.

My integrative learning process supportounseling s and encourages children’s growth by weaving together music, creative movement, stories, books, cooperative games, imagination, spontaneity, arts and crafts, puppets, and props into a variety of themes. Emergent curriculum works best at meeting different learning styles. As an improviser, I am able to follow and guide the children in the learning process.

I cultivate an atmosphere of love and compassion for children to have a positive relationship with themselves and others. I do this by:

  • Treating children with respect and empathy;
  • Honoring their feelings and helping them negotiate their needs;
  • Modeling patience and calmness while resolving conflicts;
  • Setting loving, playful boundaries while maintaining and building their self esteem.
  • Choosing children’s books that enrich their overall development and help them with their life challenges through storytelling, writing and singing with and for them.
  • Reading nonverbal cues, working intuitively, and continuing to educate myself about children.

    A place:

    for people to explore their creative potential.

    where people can get individual attention and support.

    where feelings are understood, honored, expressed and held.

    where conflicts are resolved peacefully and constructively.

    where people are exposed to and can experiment with different mediums.

    where people are supported in their ideas.

    to learn about other cultures and appreciate and honor them.

    to feel free to be who we are while respecting others.

    to laugh be silly and have fun.

    to grow and change.

    to be challenged.

    to explore and play.

    for self esteem to be watered,allowed and encouraged to grow.

    where we can learn from each other,

    where loving boundaries are held

    where our mistakes become the compost bin of growth

    where intuition and natural psychic abilities are welcome

Parents are an integral part of the children’s learning process. I bring a honed ability to listen emphatically and create strategies with parents to provide support for the whole family.

Quotes from Respectful Parents Respectful Kids by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

Co-operation – a Skill for Sustainability
According to evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, co-operation is the only way towards sustainability. Mature ecosystems such as prairies and rainforests evolve when there is more co-operation than hostile competition. The highly complex ecosystem of the rainforest is a particularly vivid example of a mature system that has survived through millions of years because species learned to cooperate with each other. In the rainforest, “every species is fully employed, all work cooperatively while recycling all their resources, and all products and services are distributed in such a way that every species remains healthy. That is sustainability” from Elisabet Sahturis in her book Skills for the Age of Sustainability

Co-operation is in Our Genes
The idea that co-operation is a necessity for life to survive and thrive, and that it is part of our genetic wiring, is put forth by both scientists and spiritual leaders.
A natural instinct among animals to co-operate for mutual well-being has been reported by biologists Tim Roper and Larissa Conradt. In their study Group Decision Making in Animals, they conclude that the natural state of all group living animals, including humans, is co-operation, not domination. They maintain that Nature has endowed humans with a biofeedback system that includes the release of endorphins, and joyful feelings, when we give to one another. These feelings motivate us to continue to give, and thereby to contribute to the survival of the species and more: the thriving or all- around well-being of each of us.
Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, also claims that co-operation is a natural response in humans because we are social creatures, and our survival and well-being is inextricably linked with the well-being of others. The impulse to give to others and to co-operate with them for mutual well being is, thus, grounded in our nature. In his words,” interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Not only higher forms of life but also many of the smallest insects are social beings who, without any religion, law, or education, survive by mutual cooperation based on an innate recognition of their interconnectedness. A working definition of co-operation that emerges from these perspectives is this: Co-operation is a way of engaging in power with others for mutual well-being. (from Compassion and the Individual)