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Holy Apostles Parent Cooperative Preschool

4925 North Carefree Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80917

Phone:
(719) 591-1566

Website:

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Holy Apostles Preschool is a state-licensed and nationally accredited (NAEYC) program for young children between the ages of 3-6 years.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

The preschool is state licensed and nationally accredited by the National Assocation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The parent cooperative program engages teachers and parents in the hands-on, play-based program. The theme based curriculum focuses on the interests of children in a developmentally appropriate experiential environment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Children participate in daily prayer and learn that they are part of a family of God. In the preschool's Christ-centered enviornoment, teachers are in partnership with parents as first teachers of the faith. In addition to the classroom curriculum, children participate weekly in a planned gym program that engages children's learning through physical movement activities.

From the Director:

The preschool embraces the philosophy of hands-on learning in a play-based environment where the children develop their social and emotional skills as well as cognitive, physical, and spritual understandings. Activities provide for rich exposure to literacy, music, art, math, science, and language concepts as well as physical development and spiritual growth.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers meet with parents to plan for individual goals for each child before school begins and as often as needed in formal conferences. Teachers are highly trained in early childhood education and continue their professional development training to meet and exceed state requirements and national accreditation criteria.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The philosophy of the preschool is based on these important considerations:
The program is developmental in nature focusing on the growth of the total child.
Each child matures and progresses at a different rate. Therefore, the program will be individualized as much as possible to meet the individual needs of the child.
The preschool child spends most of his waking moments involved in play. Therefore, play, an important aspect of his development, is used as a vehicle to teach basic concepts.
The young child is energetic, full of life, eager, and enthusiastic. He must be doing, exploring, and discovering the world around him.
If a sound program is provided for a child based on his abilities and needs, discipline problems are minimal and growth is maximal.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children are greeted individually by their teacher in the classroom as they enter each day before beginning a circle time with classmates. Interest centers follow circle time with hands-on discovery facilitated by teachers in small groups and individually. Snack time is shared by all in a family style setting. Outdoor playground time is planned for each day as well. A circle time around dismissal time concludes the preschool day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents first encounter with their child in the preschool begins with a pre-entry parent teacher conference when together goals are set for each child for the school year. Parents also help in the classroom as parent helpers and learn about daily activities through posted notes, newsletters from the classroom and the school, e-mails, and daily contact with their child's teacher.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children have a gradual beginning to preschool with 1:1 meeting with the teacher before school begins, a shortened class day with classmates at the beginning of the school year, and daily contact with parents as they are greeted each day upon arrival and on their parent-help days. The preschools open door policy invites conversations to help children have a successful beginning to school and handle separation and transition concerns in nurturing, comforting ways.