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First United Methodist Co-op

1005 Stover St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Phone:
(970) 482-0343

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

In our preschool classrooms, we endeavor to create an atmosphere of stimulation, opportunity, and discovery through curriculum planning. This plan provides a Christian approach to the child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Readiness skills in these areas are fostered as the child plays and works with other children. Readiness is what a child does, not something that can be done to him/her. It happens at different stages, different times, and with each child at his/her own pace. Therefore, we plan for developmentally appropriate experiences and provide a wide range of activities, which open the doors for a child to grow intellectually. Fun is an important part of our program. An atmosphere of fun allows a child the freedom to move about, to be at work or play without undue pressures. To a child, work and play are synonymous. Our goal is for a child to leave our preschool with a love of learning and a curiosity about the world.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

First United Methodist Co-op Preschool is a developmentally appropriate Preschool. Our curriculum is based on what is age appropriate and individually appropriate. The framework of our program is based on the proven predictable sequences of growth and change that occur in young children while still recognizing each child as an individual. Each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth. We honor individual differences in our curriculum and interactions with children. There is a great deal of play in our classrooms. Play enables children to progress along the developmental sequences. Years of research on children’s learning and development document the many benefits of play for children’s intellectual, social emotional, physical, and language development. Children at play are actively involved in creating themes; exploring and establishing environments, solving problems, and developing shared understandings. In play, children are much freer to master new knowledge at their own rate and in their own way. Therefore, child-initiated, child-directed and teacher-supported play is encouraged in our classrooms. The learning experiences set up by the staff offer the opportunities for exploration, risk, mastery and social interactions.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In our preschool classrooms, we endeavor to create an atmosphere of stimulation, opportunity and discovery through curriculum planning. This plan provides a Christian approach to the child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Readiness skills in these areas are fostered as the child plays and works with other children. Readiness is what a child does; not something that can be done to him/her It happens at different stages, different times, and each child at his/her own pace. Therefore, we plan for developmentally appropriate experiences. We provide a wide range of activities, which open the doors for a child to grow intellectually.

Fun is an important part of our program. An atmosphere of fun allows a child the freedom to move about, to be at work or play without undue pressures. To a child, work and play are synonymous. Our goal is for a child to leave our preschool with a love of learning and a curiosity about the world.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Arrival, Circle time, Work time/Center time, Snack, Small Group Time, Outside Play."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

First United Methodist Preschool is a cooperative that functions only through the successful cooperation of its members and teachers in achieving a common goal — the spiritual, mental, and physical growth of preschool children. By giving of their own time and efforts, the members are able to obtain a combination of benefits not available in regular preschools:
• Parents have the opportunity to work directly with preschool children in a formal educational atmosphere and under the supervision of trained professionals. This provides them with a unique opportunity to gain insights into the development of their own children and ways to reinforce in the home the things their children are learning in school.
• Parents have the opportunity to meet other parents involved in our preschool through workdays, committee assignments, parent meetings, etc., and this provides an avenue for forming friendships with other parents of young children.
Parents are an integral part of FUMC Preschool and are welcome to offer suggestions, comments, and constructive criticism, as well as moral support. The more comfortable you feel with the program and staff, the more comfortable your child will feel.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on