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Gabriel Park Cooperative Preschool Inc

6835 Southwest 46th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219

(503) 244-3518


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Gabriel Park Preschool curriculum is based on a \"learn through play\" philosophy. Through their natural love of play, children explore and manipulate their environment to discover and learn new things, developing and growing at their own rate. To encourage this type of learning, the GPPS classrooms are set up in Learning Centers. With the teacher’s gentle guiding, children will explore each area at their leisure. Learning Centers emphasize socialization, group skills, fine motor skills, literacy, match, science and artistic expression."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"9:15 Arrival
9:20 Morning Circle: greetings and announcements.
9:30-10:20 Free Choice: children are free to move about the centers; they may choose the touch table, block area, writing table, dramatic play area, music and dance area, simple games or sensory play. An age appropriate art project is always available in the Art Room.
10:20-10:30 Clean Up
10:30-10:45 Circle Time: songs, stories, movement and sharing.
10:45 Wash Hands
10:50 Snack: Parent Helpers provide a nutritious snack and drink for the class.
11:00 – 11:30 Outdoor play time (or inside the “Big Room” during inclement weather): a time for running, jumping, climbing, riding trikes and tossing balls. It’s also a time to resolve conflicts and learn about playing safely.
11:30 Clean Up
11:40 – 11:45 Good-byes
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch Bunch (Optional for seniors) "
Excerpted from the preschool's website