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Marla's Daycare & Preschool

3180 S. Dangl Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49444

(231) 773-6591

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Each child has the ability to learn wonders! As each child is different, so is the way they learn. Children learn best by doing things themselves with additional structured corresponding activities encouraged by the teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every child is different. Some children excel faster than others, which is wonderful. For the students who are right on track or may need a little extra boost, it will be provided. Extra help may consist of sitting one on one and working with them or encouraging them by asking questions in their activities such as free play and circle.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Each and every child has the ability to learn. While providing a class filled with structure and open activities, children are encouraged to learn by participating in many hands on activities. While each child is different, accommodations will be made to make sure that each and every child's need is met and fulfilled.

A Typical Day

Although each day is different and brings much excitement, here is a sample of what each class may consist of:

9:00a.m. Meet & Greet
& provided activity (puzzles, blocks, ect.)

9:20a.m. Circle time
Calendar, Story, Letters & Sounds ..ect.

9:45a.m. Snack time

10:00a.m. Art Activity/Science activity

10:25a.m. Music

10:40a.m. Guided Free play/Outside

11:10a.m. Pick up and get ready for dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

As is any communication, hearing about a child's progress and day is crucial. Each day parents will have an opportunity to speak with me when picking their child up after dismissal. Parent meetings or phone can also be arranged. Each month a newsletter will be sent home with updates about what we are/will be learning, news, at home activities that parents can do with their children.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

If a child needs an extra minute to spend hugging their mom or dad, that is great; however, we do not encourage parents to sit and talk to their children for periods of time. Often a child who has separation anxiety will find that starting a new routine is hard but if they have something special to start with them, it sometimes makes it easier. If a child needs to bring that special bear from home, during the meet and greet time, that child may do nothing but hug that bear if they choose, but once activities get started most children are excited to be involved as every other child. More accommodations can be made if needed.