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Parkview Cooperative Preschool

4550 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46205

(317) 921-7000


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

From the Director:

We teach social skills and let the children learn through play.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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

From the Director:

A co-op is designed to be a "learn through play" experience. There is no set cirriculum. However, we do try to plan lessons and activities that will engage the children. Many of the ideas come from the children and their interests.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We encourage students who are behind to participate in class activities. We do not label.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Since 1965, Parkview has educated children and parents in social skills, child development, and in the ways to enjoy those short years before elementary school. Parkview Cooperative Preschool is located in Northwood Christian Church, in the heart of Indianapolis’ Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. Although Parkview leases space from the church, it is a separate entity and offers a non-sectarian experience. The curriculum at our school is that of all co-ops, a “learn through play” environment. Each day includes a variety of art projects, large and small muscle activities, books, blocks, music and circle time that allows children the freedom to participate and learn from a variety of media and experiences. The class session offers both structured and non-structured activities. At Parkview, we encourage the development of socialization skills, such as learning the rights and limitations of participating in a group. Most importantly, we strive to provide a fun, happy and enriching environment in which children can grow and build self-esteem.

A Typical Day

9:30 Open Classroom/Welcome
9:35-9:50 First circle time
9:50-10:50 Free play
10:50-11:00 Clean up
11:00-11:15 Wash hands/snack
11:15-11:30 Second circle with story time
11:30-12:00 Outside or Muscle room play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Because we are a co-op, we see and work with the parents every class day. We will share recommendations and observations after class. We hold mid-year conferences to go over specifics. The parents are always encouraged to contact the teachers if they have any questions or concerns.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage the parents to say their good-byes at the classroom door. Prior to the first day of school, our teachers will have made a home visit to each of their students. This helps the child and teacher get to know each other a little better and hopefully makes the first day of school more comfortable.