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Open Arms Christian Preschool

305 E Elizabeth Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Phone:
(970) 482-1357

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Church based, non denominational, preschool. Small center for more individualized attention.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Every child is a gift from God and is guided to develop his or her potential in every aspect of life. Play is the child's work and is the basis of childhood development. Children grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Curriculum is theme based and created by the teacher. We learn about our world, wildlife, habitats, nursery rhymes, fairtales, ocean, insects, dinosaurs, and many other topics.

From the Director:

We are Christian based and focus on God's love for each of us.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is an individual and we start with where they are at and build on their strengths to improve any areas that may be delayed. All teachers have degrees and are experienced working with all children, including some with handicapping conditions.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We provide a positive first school experience, a structured balance of active and quiet, individual and group activites, develope basic academic skills, and teach self help skills and how to interact successfully with others.

A Typical Day

The day starts with play, then circle time to do the calendar and enjoy music activities, snack time, outdoor play time, specific theme circle time with stories and activities, craft time to develop fine motor skills, bible story, show and tell, and then a loving good bye for the day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are always welcome to help in the classroom. A monthly calendar is provided, frequent newsletter by e mail and notices in children's cubbies. Teacher is always available by phone, email, before or after class. Parent-Teacher conferences scheduled twice each year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is greeted as they enter the classroom. Because we start with play, it is usually easy to involve the child in play and they forget to be sad. Some children need some one on one with the teacher with play or reading books before they feel comfortable.