Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool

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Hi Friends, old and new,
Looking forward to reading with you again this year, but meanwhile I'd like to invite you to join me for some outdoor play a la TinkerGarten! It would be a wonderful way to stay connected with some of my friends who've graduated from preschool, and a great de-stresser for the rigors of "formal" schooling..
I'm offering some free trial classes in August so you could see what TinkerGarten is all about and the fall session gets going in mid- September. Go to TinkerGarten.com/classes/debbygenz for details. Come play with Miss Debby😉

We are not just a school; we are a community, where each child is known and valued. Friends of Mine Preschool is Asheville's longest running cooperative preschool.

Combining the best aspects of many educational philosophies, including Waldorf and Montessori, we are a mixed age classroom enrolling students of 2.5-5 years of age. At Friends of Mine, we highly value group and individual contributions to the larger community. The school is formed by a group of parents with similar philosophies who organize to provide their children with a high quality preschool experience. We believe that a child’s first experience with school should be in an environment rich with parent involvement and guided by a qualified teacher. Our focus is child development and we work to provide a highly enriching experience for our students.

Operating as usual

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their business hours. 04/21/2021

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their business hours.

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their business hours.

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their business hours. 04/21/2021

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their business hours.

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their business hours.


04/20/2021

Lunch song!

This is the song we sing every day before snack and lunch, the blessing. Words matter. "May we always show we care to everybody everywhere."

Photos from Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool's post 04/17/2021

PREVIEW! Here's just a smidge of what we will have for sale. Look at all that excellent stuff! If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer, but otherwise, see y'all at 8am! 21 Edwin Place (off of Charlotte Street next to the Unitarian church)!

https://www.facebook.com/events/885545285567011/

04/13/2021

Don't forget! This Saturday is our plant sale and yard sale! 16+ families worth of stuff. Join us and buy our stuff... it's a fundraiser!

Here's the event link for more info:
https://fb.me/e/43emtpAL4

Don't forget! This Saturday is our plant sale and yard sale! 16+ families worth of stuff. Join us and buy our stuff... it's a fundraiser!

Here's the event link for more info:
https://fb.me/e/43emtpAL4

[03/16/21]   This breaks down how to notice racism and s*xism in children's books! Take note!

Image descriptions 6 peach colored slides with black text:
Slide 1: Title slide with rainbow and @lovinglittleminds tag. Text reads: Five Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism
Slide 2: 1. Check the Illustration.
Look for Stereotypes. Some stereotypes can be overt- for example, depicting a male Latino teenager as a gang member. While stereotypes may not be this obvious, look for variations which may demean or ridicule characters because of their race or s*x.
Look for tokenism. If there are non-white characters in the illustrations, do they look like whites except for being tinted or colored in? Do all faces look stereotypically alike, or are they depicted as genuine individuals with distinctive features?
Who's doing what? Do the illustrations depict non-whites in subservient and passive roles or in leadership and action roles? Are the males in active doers and the females the inactive observers?
Slide 3: 2. Note the heros.
For many years, books only showed safe minority heroes- those who avoided serious conflict with the white establishment of their time.
Minority groups today are insisting on the right to define their own heros (of both s*xes) based on their own concepts and struggles for justice.
When minority heros do appear, are they admired for the same qualities that have made white heroes famous or because what they have done have benefited white people? Ask this question: "Whose interest is a particular hero really saving?"
Slide 4: 3. Consider the effects on a child's self image.
Are norms established which limit the child's aspirations and self-concept?
What effect can it have on Black children to be continuously bombarded with images of the color white as the ultimate in beauty, cleanliness, virtue, etc. and the color black as evil, dirty, menacing, etc.? Does the book counteract or reinforce this positive association with white and negative association with black?
What happens to a girl's self image when she reads the boys perform all the brave and important deeds? What about a girl's self esteem if she is not "fair" of skin and slim of body?
Slide 5: 4. Weigh the Relationships with people.
Do the whites in the story possess the power, take the leadership, and make the important decisions? Do racial minorities and females function in essentially supporting roles?
How are family relationships depicted? In Black families, is the mother always dominant? In Latino families, are there always lots of children?
If the family is separated, are societal conditions, unemployment, poverty, for example cited among the reasons for the separation?
Slide 6: 5. Consider the author or illustrator's background.
Analyze the biographical material on the jacket flap or the back of the book. If a story deals with a minority theme, what qualifies the author or illustrator to deal with the subject?
If the author or illustrator are not members of the minority being written about, is there anything in their background that would specifically recommend them as the creators of this book?

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their address. 03/06/2021

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their address.

Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool updated their address.

Photos from Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool's post 02/19/2021

Photos from Friends of Mine Cooperative Preschool's post

02/19/2021
01/26/2021

Hello, friends and future friends! Our play-based, community led co-op preschool in North Asheville is accepting applications for full enrollment for fall 2021! Contact us through the form on our website for more information or to schedule a tour! We are looking forward to meeting you and your kiddo! http://friendsofminepreschool.org/admissions.html
We are currently operating on our regular schedule and have strict COVID protocols and a social contract in place to protect our community.

Hello, friends and future friends! Our play-based, community led co-op preschool in North Asheville is accepting applications for full enrollment for fall 2021! Contact us through the form on our website for more information or to schedule a tour! We are looking forward to meeting you and your kiddo! http://friendsofminepreschool.org/admissions.html
We are currently operating on our regular schedule and have strict COVID protocols and a social contract in place to protect our community.

12/13/2020

Our play-based, community led co-op preschool in North Asheville is seeking to fill limited spots for the spring semester and is also accepting applications for full enrollment for fall 2020! Contact us through the form on our website for more information or to schedule a tour! We are looking forward to meeting you and your kiddo! http://friendsofminepreschool.org/admissions.html

We are currently operating on our regular schedule and have strict COVID protocols and a social contract in place to protect our community.

01/28/2020

Just a few photos from this school year!

06/01/2019

Our Friends have enjoyed a fabulous month of May! We've spent a lot of time outdoors -- especially on our beautiful playground each day, plus a wonderful camping trip deeper in our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains as well as gardening time. Our arts and crafts projects have used many forms of media. And as we approach the end of the school year, it's class picture time!

friendsofminepreschool.org 04/30/2019

Friends of Mine Preschool

✨🦋 OPEN HOUSE this Saturday from 10am-12!!! We currently have several spots open for the fall. Come visit during our yard sale, pick up some new stuff, and see what we’re all about! 🐌✨

About us:

The school is parent owned and operated, giving parents the unique opportunity to work alongside a qualified teacher one day a week and participate in their child’s preschool experience. Children learn through "hands on, minds on" educational activities. They participate in free play, morning circle routines, creative and exploratory activities, story time, and outside play.

We are located in North Asheville just minutes from downtown and operate weekdays 9-12:45pm on Asheville City School schedule.

Check out our website for more information and come to our open house this Saturday, May, 4th to see the classroom and meet some of our amazing families!

http://friendsofminepreschool.org/

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03/24/2019

Happy Springtime! Our friends enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Biltmore Estate gardens and farm. We've also celebrated our artistic talents through many colorful, crafty projects -- with streamers, rocks, magnets, and more. And our friends have been avid readers recently, often in groups!

03/20/2019

Robin Einzig - Visible Child

Ah-ha! We knew it!!! If you’re interested in OUR play-based preschool, send us a message!

What if we could genuinely start a movement, such that, in time, all those many chain (and private) preschools that teach reading and writing and have kids doing worksheets and offer umpteen “enrichment” extra classes in languages and sports die a slow death due to no one enrolling? What if parents really believed the overwhelming research and understood child development? What if we all stood up and said “no more,” that children deserve to play, that play is not frivolous, that it is how young children learn best, and indeed, the way they learn the skills that LEAD to the best academic outcomes when children get older? What if we all shared this article and it convinced only one person who then shared it?

Play is the work of young children. Never stop saying it.

03/08/2019

The first days of March have been a creative season in which our students have constructed their own homemade "musical instruments," sung & played actual instruments through the Music Together program, and enjoyed a variety of artistic expressions, both indoors and outside. These projects have been designed by Friends of Mine lead teacher Heather Ward-Migner, visiting instructors, and parents of our beautiful preschoolers.

teachertomsblog.blogspot.com 01/17/2019

I'm Not A Parenting Expert

These are the feels I often have when I see my friends and fellow co-op members parenting... (-Julia)

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teachertomsblog.blogspot.com It was the end of the day. There were still a few children with their parents in the mud room while I was alone in the...

11/26/2018

In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, our Friends enjoyed the full blessings of this beautiful season. A special treat was a day trip to the North Carolina Arboretum, where we learned about our squirrel friends -- and built a squirrel drey out of leaves, sticks, and other forest elements. We also co-created a rainbow art project, which currently adorns our classroom. Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville to celebrate our wonderful cooperative school and participate in our silent auction!

11/07/2018

Autumn continues to be a season of art, creativity, and playfulness both inside & outdoors at Friends of Mine!

10/25/2018

This week our Friends have been enjoying the Autumn season and getting ready for the big Halloween holiday. Our spectacular group tree art project, created by all the Friends last week -- was revealed in its glory -- so we practiced becoming trees! We also enjoyed playing with pumpkins as a part of our sensory exploration process. And we listened to a spooky story with our special reader, Ms. Debby, and then pretended to be ghosts: BOO!

09/28/2018

Thanks Hickory Nut Gap Farm for a wonderful morning learning all about pollination, apples and animals!

08/06/2018

Having fun meeting some of our new friends and classmates at a pool party.

06/08/2018

Happy Graduation Day! We will certainly miss these big kids next year

06/03/2018

Dance Party!

05/30/2018

Cute and Creative!

05/05/2018

Thank you WNC Nature Center for our wonderful field trip! Eli did a wonderful job presenting! We had so much fun!

04/12/2018

Ended March with a playground egg hunt.

04/04/2018

We love our community garden!

03/28/2018

Lots of energy = Lots of Dance Parties!

03/23/2018

A big thanks to The Asheville Art Museum for our fun in-house project making Spring Trees!

03/21/2018

Happy Spring!

03/21/2018

A big thank you to WNC Nature Center for our new playground toy! The kids are ecstatic.

03/18/2018

Happy Birthday Dr.Suess from Some of your biggest fans!

03/18/2018

Finished up with our Pet Projects, the kids had a great time.
Friends of Mine Preschool is ready for warmer weather but we’ve had a wonderful time playing inside and out throughout the Winter!

Our Story

Friends of Mine Preschool is Asheville's longest running cooperative preschool. Combining the best aspects of many educational philosophies, including Waldorf, Montessori, and more recently Conscious Discipline; created by Dr. Becky Bailey. We are a mixed age classroom enrolling students of 2.5-5 years of age.

At Friends of Mine, we highly value group and individual contributions to the larger community. The school is formed by a group of parents with similar philosophies who organize to provide their children with a high quality preschool experience. We believe that a child’s first experience with school should be in an environment rich with parent involvement and guided by a qualified teacher. Our focus is child development and we work to provide a highly enriching experience, as well as a safe and loving atmosphere for our students.

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Lunch song!
BALLOONS a huge hit in preschool. Thanks Miss Miri!!
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Happy Thanksgiving from your little friends at Friends of Mine!

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21 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC
28801

Opening Hours

Monday 08:45 - 12:45
Tuesday 08:45 - 12:45
Wednesday 08:45 - 12:45
Thursday 08:45 - 12:45
Friday 08:45 - 12:45
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