We Are Now Enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year
offering preschool classes for 3, 4, and young 5 year olds.
**Please mail Applications to Nichole Warriner (postmarked no earlier than Feb. 21st). Registration fees must be included when submitting applications.
Now is a great time to talk to us about the programs we offer to help you decide if the Co-op is right for you and your child. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call our membership chair Nichole Warriner at email@example.com. Our experienced and dedicated teachers are also available to answer your questions. Thanks!
- Application 2013-2014
- Message to Parents
- Restated Articles of Incorporation
2′s Parent and Child Playgroup
Chelsea Children’s Cooperative Preschool is excited to now be offering a 2-year-old Parent and Child Playgroup. The class is a 1 ½ hour class held in the Young 5’s classroom, led by Tina Diab, a current Chelsea Co-op parent.
The 2-year-old playgroup provides families with a parent-child activity for the child who is not quite old enough to attend the traditional preschool. It also gives parents a means to connect with other parents as well as provide some “preschool experience” to both parent and child so that the transition to the 3-year-old preschool will be less intimidating.
Children enrolling in the 2-year-old playgroup must be 2 years old by December 1st of the school year. We will have two 12-week sessions, and the cost is $80.00 per session. The first session will run October-January and the second will run January-April. Class will be on Friday mornings from 9:15-10:45 am.
If you are interested in joining this playgroup, please submit your completed and signed application along with the $80.00 for the first session. Participation in the 2′s Playgroup allows you priority enrollment for our 3′s class.
We accept members on a first come, first serve basis. Available spots fill quickly so returning the completed application and session fee right away will help to ensure your child’s spot.
Thank you for your interest in the Chelsea Children’s Cooperative Preschool. Please feel free to call or email our Membership Chairperson with any questions about programs:Nichole Warriner, Membership Committee Chairperson
463 Shiloh Drive
Chelsea, MI 48118 (734) 433-9384
Frequently asked Questions about the Co-op Preschool Curriculum
As parents take the plunge into the world of preschool there is a lot of pressure to make the right decision about choosing the right program. After all, this is the first step in your child’s journey through the educational system. Parents sincerely want what is best for their child. No one wants school to be a struggle for their child in later years. As adults, we immediately think the best indicator of future school success is a child’s ability to read, write, and do math. And as adults, we want to see tangible evidence of progress in these areas, which to us looks like worksheets with letter tracings and math problems.
We need to stop and check ourselves, however. This is preschool. Writing, math, and reading don’t look the same in preschool as they do in elementary grades. In fact, if one sees such worksheets in preschool, it is worth questioning the developmental appropriateness of the program. Learning must be relevant for all children, and quite honestly worksheets hold little relevance for the majority of the preschool set. In a young 5’s or Kindergarten program, one may begin to see more “recognizable” evidence of learning, but in a three or four year old program, one has to look a little differently to understand what is being seen. Young children learn by being provided with rich experiences and exposure to concepts that they can explore, investigate, and experiment with. By doing so, they “learn how to learn” and they prime their brains for future learning in academic areas that build upon their experience base. And therein lays the difference between learning and training. Learning is relevant and builds upon itself. Training is the performance of meaningless, rote tasks that look impressive but have no understanding behind them to give them any substance.
Below is a link to some commonly asked questions we get about our program. None of these questions are good or bad. They are just a reflection of the pressure well-intentioned parents feel as they make the first of many decisions regarding their children’s education.
**During the school year Courtney Aldrich can be reached at the Preschool, (734) 433-1938, for further questions about the curriculum.
Chelsea Co-op Preschool is a
Music Together® Preschool!This preschool is a qualified provider of the licensed Music Together® Preschool
program, making a commitment to include music as an essential part of its core curriculum.
As part of the Music Together® Preschool program, Music Together specialists teach music and movement classes weekly in cooperation with classroom teachers. Classroom teachers then follow through on the weekly sessions, adapting activities to their curriculum needs and interests. Recordings, songbooks, and teaching materials are provided to each classroom, and children “bring the music home” for parent-child musical play, sharing the songs and activities learned in school. Children learn from the model of music participation set by both parents and classroom teachers, and the joy of extended family music in school and at home creates a natural circle of learning that builds parent-child, parent-teacher and parent-school relationships.
The Music Together Preschool program provides children with the opportunity to learn music in developmentally appropriate ways; supports cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development; gives parents enjoyable and significant ways to relate to their children; engages at-risk children; and enhances happiness and well-being in your school community.