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Presbyterian Parent Cooperative Preschool

323 Mary Street
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone:
(512) 353-8325

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Our Mission is to provide a unique preschool where the Director, Teacher and Parents work together to create a caring Christian environment, nurturing the whole child by allowing them to grow and develop according to their individual needs.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

A cooperative preschool seeks to create an environment in which the Director, Teacher and Parents work together in the classroom, participating in the daily operations of the preschool to allow each child to grow and develop according to their individual needs. We believe the involvement and commitment of the parents to the co-op reinforces happy learning experiences for the child in one of his or her first ventures away from home.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
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
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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 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 Spanish enrichment Chapel

From the Director:

Preschool is a learning experience for parents as well as children. Parents may observe and interact with different children as well as watch their own child interact with other children and adults. A cooperative preschool nurtures the whole family by helping parents achieve a greater understanding and enjoyment of their own child as they share in this very important chapter in their child's life.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We adhere to Developmentally Appropriate Practice and a play-based curriculum. The teachers facilitate centers that are set-up and evolve according to the children's interests.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Serving Families for over 25 Years"
"The PPCP is a close-knit, loving Christian environment. PPCP offers a unique opportunity to experience the first years of education with your child. You will be able to work closely with our Director as well as parents just like yourselves to expand your child's world."

A Typical Day

Children check in & wash hands
Answer "Question of the day"
Explore and Play in Indoor Learning Centers or Outdoor Play (depending on the weather)
Group time- may include: read-alouds, songs, rhymes, structured physical activity, Chapel, special guests
Prayer (we say Grace before meals)
Wash hands and eat snack
Explore and Play in Indoor Learning Centers or Outdoor Play (depending on the weather)
Group time #2- may include: read-alouds, songs, rhymes, structured physical activity, Chapel, special guests
Prayer (we say Grace before meals)
Wash hands and eat lunch: We often have more read-alouds during lunch. (The children request it!)
Explore Learning Centers
Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Lead Teacher publishes a Weekly Message detailing plans for the week.
We use Rallyhood for communication.
Parents are always welcomed and encouraged to participate in daily operations.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We conduct Home visits, have weekly playdates prior to school beginning and promote parent participation.