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200 East Grandview Street
Zelienople, PA 16063

(724) 452-0344


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Parents sign up once or twice a month to be the "Helper" for the day. That person assists the teacher in preparing materials for the special project, helping children with activities, general clean up. It is also your child's special day to act as the leader for all classroom tasks, bring in a "show-n-tell" item and provide the snack for the day. Helper Day is also an excellent opportunity for parents to see how their child progresses in a structured learning environment as well as how they respond and interact in a social setting.

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
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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  • Monthly Field Trips
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
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"ZIPPCO is a non-profit co-operative preschool that allows parents the opportunity to actively participate in the classroom while watching their child and other children develop in a structured and social environment. They observe how the teacher handles various situations and gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of their children through active involvement in their education. Parents learn useful ideas for helping their children at home and in the world around them. Children and parents develop strong relationships with friends they've made in the ZIPPCO family.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Free Play
Circle Time:
- Calendar
- Weather Chart
- Name recognition
- Theme/Letter of the week
- Songs/Finger plays
- Large Motor Activity
Special project/activity related to weekly theme
Final Circle