Come grow with us!
CHUM Co-op Preschool is a non-profit, educational and developmental program for young children. We are owned and operated by the parents of those attending, and are licensed by the state of Michigan. CHUM has no religious affiliation. Our preschool has been in operation since 1970.
We at CHUM understand that each child is unique and reach their developmental milestones at their own pace. Our programs are lead by a degreed Early Childhood Development Professional and provide a variety of hands on developmentally appropriate experiences to support your child’s growth in their journey towards kindergarten readiness.
3AM Preschool Class
For children who will be 3 years of age by September 1, 2021* and completely toilet trained.
Tuesday & Thursday 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
The 3s class focuses on a smooth transition for a first time school experience. Each child will experience opportunities to look to an adult other than a parent for direction and support. The child will learn to interact with a group of peers in a socially acceptable manner. A child's learning is greatly enhanced once their social-emotional and physical needs are met.
4AM Preschool Class
For children who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2020* and completely toilet trained.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
The 4AM curriculum includes letter recognition, science activities, fine motor activities, cooking, large motor skills, and art exploration. This class stimulates cooperative play, developing listening skills, direction following, transitions, self control and confidence.
*For prospective 3AM and 4AM students with Fall birthdays before December 1st, admission into the program is based on school readiness as determined by: Age appropriate ASQ to be administered by the parent at CHUM with the teacher present and a classroom observation of the child.
Due to Covid, we are anticipating smaller class sizes for the 2021-2022 school year. Our current plan is to run our three and four year-old classes synchronously. Students will be divided between two classrooms for age appropriate instruction but combined for free play and shared learning experiences. This allows for more peer interactions and opportunities for preschoolers to learn socially. Our experienced teacher is knowledgeable in differentiated instruction and can meet the needs of both classes with the help of an assistant teacher.
A multiage classroom is an ideal learning environment for preschoolers. The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) lists the following benefits of multiage classrooms:
- Children are viewed as unique individuals. The teacher focuses on teaching each child according to his or her own strengths, unlike in same-[age] classrooms that often expect all children to be at the same place at the same time with regard to ability.
- Children are not labeled according to their ability, and children learn at their own rate.
- Children develop a sense of family with their classmates. They become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other.
- Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles.
- Children are more likely to cooperate than compete. The spirit of cooperation and caring makes it possible for children to help each other as individuals, not see each other as competitors.
- Older children model more sophisticated approaches to problem solving, and younger children are able to accomplish tasks they could not do without the assistance of older children. This dynamic increases the older child’s level of independence and competence.
- Children are exposed to positive models for behavior and social skills.