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Parkside Preschool and Child Care Center

23600 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145

(440) 333-6643

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

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
  • Curriculum ages 2 1/2 and up
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Curriuculum ages 2 1/2 and up
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Curriuculum ages 2 1/2 and up
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Curriuculum ages 2 1/2 and up
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
  • 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 Stretch-N-Grow lead by Coach Michelle on Firdays from 10 to Noon. Bible Study for every class ages 2 1/2 and up. 20 minutes per day learning basic bible versus and the story of the bible starting with Creation.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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