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2s Parent and Child Playgroup

2’s Parent and Child Playgroup

Chelsea Children’s Cooperative Preschool is excited to offer a 2-year-old Parent and Child Playgroup. The class is a 1 ½ hours held in the Young 5’s classroom and is led by Katie Wyss.

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 September 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.

Coop-2-Yr-Old-Program Application

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call our Membership Chairperson:

Email: membership@chelseacoop.org

Phone: (734) 433-1938

A NOTE FROM A TEACHER:

Dear Parents,

Some have described the 2-year-old program as a total aerobic workout for the body, mind, and soul for both children and adults. But isn’t that what life’s all about with children this age?

Each session, a different, developmentally relevant, topic is introduced and explored through all the senses. Themes have included apples, monsters, firefighters, pumpkins, mittens, and potty training.

Upon arrival each day, children and their parent, grandparents, or other significant adult gather for a brief casual group time filled with music, laughter, and movement. Our traditional “Hello Song” mentions children by name and helps them feel welcomed. Other songs and fingerplays are repeated frequently to promote learning and the security that repetition brings to the daily routine. In addition, new material that relates to our weekly topic is added to spark interest and curiosity. It’s important to note that not all children are ready for this “structured” part of our program and that’s perfectly okay. Children are free to play and will join the rest of the group when ready.

After gathering time, children can work on a simple art project, squish play dough, read books, play with toys and each other, or eat snack. While adults assist with activities, there is ample opportunity to network with each other. This time period usually lasts about one hour. A clean up song is sung to indicate that playtime is over.

Gathering back together again, we read a short story. Children often participate in helping to tell the story. We play games that foster social development and cognitive learning such as colors and shapes. At the end of day, we bid everyone farewell with our “Good-bye Song”.

– Janie Brooks, past Co-Op teacher