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Parchment Methodist Cooperative Preschool

225 Glendale Boulevard
Kalamazoo, MI 49004

(269) 349-9194

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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

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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
  • Geoboards, Pattern Blocks, Graphing
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • 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:

We use Handwriting Without Tears program for handwriting instruction in the 3 day class. Both classes learn aspects of the Zoophonics program that associates an animal with every letter of the alphabet as well as the phonetic sound it makes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In our small class size setting, the teacher is able to focus on the individual needs of the children. We work on things starting from wherever the child is at in their development, whether it is extra help in learning how to cut, count, write their name, etc. Assessments are done at the beginning of the year to help the teacher know where to begin.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We encourage and expect our parents to participate in their child's education at our school. The school is run by an all volunteer parent board. Our school strives for creating a safe and caring environment in which children can learn and explore while playing with other children their age.

A Typical Day

9-9:35AM Free Choice Time
(Play time at whatever the child chooses from the following: paint easel, sand table, train table, puzzles, games, handwriting table, math table, books, work bench, dramatic play area, blocks, doll house, toy cupboard)
9:40- 10:15AM Circle Time
Greeting Song, Star of the Day sharing, Weather, Calendar, Letter of the Day, Music or Fingerplay, Book
10:15-11AM Small Group Time
Rotation to all three groups for 15 min. increments: Gym, Play dough or Handwriting table, and Art or Craft project
11-11:15AM Final Circle Time
Book or Music
11:15-11:30AM Snack and Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a weekly newsletter that is sent out to parents to give them a view into what their child is learning at school. We also have 3 mandatory meetings for parents including an orientation before school starts. In the spring, the 3-day class parents are given a conference on their child's year progress and kindergarten readiness. The teacher is available to answer questions that parents have at any time during the course of the year.

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

As a teacher, I have found working with the parent to discuss what they and their child are comfortable with in how to handle this. For some parents staying in the class if needed to make the child feel comfortable with the schedule of what happens at school can help. I have also had parents who found having the drop off option gave them a chance to leave and have their child become more independent. I've found that saying goodbye at the door to the parent and letting the child know when their parent would be returning following snack was also helpful. Then reading a book together before encouraging the child to find something independently to play with. Every child is different and you have to find something that works for them.