We are now celebrating our 46th year of educating children in Kosciusko County. We are not a typical preschool. We offer students an excellent curriculum that goes far beyond a safe facility to drop your child off for a few hours a day.
Our preschool program is based around kindergarten readiness. Our students are not only taught their numbers and letters, they explore math, reading, art & science, on a regular basis. We have heard consistently from kindergarten teachers over the years that our co-op preschool kids are well prepared for kindergarten.
Parent involvement in the classroom, hands on learning, and high-quality projects are all contributing factors that help make GWCP an unique experience in preschool education.
We also offer many other activities to enrich the GWCP preschool experience. Examples include visits from Science Central, the hands-on children’s program in Fort Wayne, and visits from local artists to help our students explore their creative sides. In addition to all of this, the older 4/5s class is exposed to the outside world on a deeper level through fun and educational field trips. Recent field trips have included: Wagon Wheel Theater to see a musical, Combined Community Services to deliver donations and tour the facility to learn how CCS helps our community, Kercher's Apple Orchard, Pumpkin patches, and Debra Collier's School of Dance for dancing fun!
The classroom setting for learning, discovery and exploration also includes:
Large Motor Skill Areas: Multilevel loft, balance beam, floor mats, parachute play, sand and water table, blocks, music and movement.
Small Motor Skill Areas: Sensory exploration, puzzles, and games, art activities, manipulatives and cooking.
Dramatic Play Areas: Kitchen and housekeeping centers, dress up, role-playing activities, book nook, puppet theater and workbench.
Academic Areas: Reading and readiness, math, science, computers and social studies.