Our Mission: The Raleigh School is a cooperative community of children, parents and teachers that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere of challenge, inquiry and respect.

Parent/Child Class

For the 2020-2021 school year, we're once again offering two Parent/Child classes:

Parent/Child Toddlers, Thursdays 12:30 - 2:30 pm
(for children born between 9/1/18 and 3/31/19)

Parent/Child Twos, Tuesdays 12:30 - 2:30 pm
(for children born between 9/1/17 and 8/31/18)

Class Format

In the Parent/Child class, parents and children spend the first part of the year learning and playing together in the classroom with teachers - one Parent Teacher and one Child Teacher. As the year progresses, and children become comfortable with their teacher in the classroom, parents transition out of the classroom and into their parent meeting, where the Parent Teacher facilitates discussion about parenting. This class is as much fun for parents as it is for children!

The Adults Role in the Classroom

Helping children engage with others or with materials
... You'll see adults seeking to entertain children.

Having conversations with children - asking real questions; waiting for responses; narrating observations; helping children interact with others.
... You'll see or hear adults quizzing children, giving long instructions or artificial enthusiasm and clapping.

Playing alongside and observing children - watching for children's goals; providing words for children's actions; copying children's efforts.
... You'll see or hear adults directing children's play, setting their goals, or telling or showing children how something works or should be done.

Focusing on and talking with children about what they are doing and thinking
... You'll see adults trying to lead children to an adult's desired endpoint.

Struggle against small challenges is good and interesting for children. It's generally adults who teach children that they should be frustrated if something is difficult to accomplish.

The Raleigh Preschool is a magical place. We were awed by the incredible sense of community we felt from the moment we stepped on campus. Childhood is truly honored. ... Our choice to be at The Raleigh Preschool was one of the best decisions we've ever made for our children.

Lisa Patel, TRS parent