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St Pauls Cooperative Preschool

620 Romeo Road
Rochester, MI 48307

(248) 652-3740


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Being a Co-op Member

· Each parent assists the teacher in the classroom 1 to 2 times per month

· Parents serve on a school committee

· Holidays are celebrated with class parties; birthdays and half birthdays are recognized

· Age appropriate excursions are scheduled, taking the classroom outside of the school, lending to a hands-on learning experience.

· Moms Night Out are organized throughout the year, providing a social environment to get to know other parents

· Weekly playtime scheduled at the Rochester Municipal Park during the summer months to help facilitate friendships

· Babysitter swapping for parents with younger siblings

· Outdoor playground and indoor Launch Pad for development of gross motor skills

· Community involvement

A Typical Day

9:00-9:15 Floor Toys
9:15-9:45 Circle Time (Hello song, Calendar, Read Aloud Story, Introduction of Centers)
9:45-10:40 Centers & Launchpad Play
10:40-11:00 Circle Time (music & movement, show & share)
11:00-11:15 Snack & Small Group Reading Time (Library Check-Out Time Wednesday)
11:15-11:30 Outside or Inside Group Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In-Home and In-School Orientations, Parent Teacher Meetings once/year for 3 year old program & twice/year for 4 year old program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year