Back to Grand Rapids Preschools

Northwest Cooperative Preschool

1934 Bridge Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 791-4140


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

More Information

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

More Information

  • Puzzles
Time & space more

More Information

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

More Information

  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

More Information

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

More Information

  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Use the Handwriting without Tears program

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Northwest's philosophy is based on the idea that play is a child's work, that children learn by doing. Our program is experientially oriented. Northwest's program offers an interesting and rewarding learning environment."
Excerpted from the preschool's website