Overview of curriculum
Our main curriculum is the Creative Curriculum Approach, which targets all areas of development including language, literacy, fine and gross motor, cognitive, social-emotional, and creativity. Through carefully planned, age-appropriate activities and teacher modeling the children learn confidence, self-esteem, healthy habits, how to express themselves, follow rules, make friends, and problem solve. The learning begins in the infant room and continues through the schoolage program. Each age group has its own classroom designed to provide age-appropriate activities. We have two preschool classrooms that provide a quality program to prepare children for the transition into kindergarten. Families can choose to enroll children for the morning hours of 8:30-11:30 for focused preschool activities, or they can take advantage of our full day preschool program which allows children to practice academic skills, social skills, and learn routine in a relaxed setting that provides continuity throughout the day.
Starting at 6 weeks old
In the infant room the staff focuses on the individual schedules and needs of the child, working with parents to keep home and child care routines as consistent as possible. We also use simple sign language to promote early language skills and communication. We provide ample floor space to all for the new gross motor development that begins at this age along with climbers, mats, bouncers, swings, and jumpers. We also encourage early math and science skills such as size or texture and other hand-eye coordination skills with soft blocks, balls, baskets, and push toys. Our infant room is designed with the comfort of cuddling and snuggling in mind with many cozy areas to read books or play quietly. We also offer a separate area away from the play area for sleeping so that our sleepers can rest peacefully without interruption.
In the toddler room we focus on expanding language to give children words to express their needs and feelings. Language is built from songs and finger plays, reading short stories, and teacher-initiated activities such as art or sensory projects. The room is designed for them to explore their new found independence with as many safe and organized choices as possible such as rocking or riding toys, puzzles, push toys, housekeeping, books, instruments, and cuddly toys.
Twos & Threes
Our two’s and three’s are encouraged to explore their independence at this naturally curious age, while learning to understand their feelings and emotions. Our staff will give them lots of opportunity to practice self-help skills by giving them freedom within boundaries. Each of our classrooms is equipped with soft blocks, dramatic play areas, sensory tables, books, and games. Literacy is encouraged through group and individual story reading and daily art lessons. The children can also explore their motor skills through climbers set up in each of the classrooms.
In the Preschool classrooms conversations, friendships, and cooperation are strongly encouraged. The children are shown the skills necessary to transition easily into their educational careers. Kindergarten readiness skills set in place by the State of Illinois are focused on, as well as monthly project approach topics to make learning fun. The preschool classrooms are structured in their daily routines, so that children will not only know what to expect, but also to further their independence in taking care of themselves more than before. The goal is to give our children the preparation they need to take care of themselves as much as possible in order to be more successful in when kindergarten begins. In this program your child will also have daily access to computers to become familiar with the skills of technology.
We have two programs for our school-age children. The first is to provide a safe environment for children of working parents both before and after school, while also providing much needed transportation to and from school. There are arts, crafts, and games planned around holiday themes throughout the afternoons. The second program is the summer program designed for a fun, eventful, and yet educational way to spend the months off from school. We offer weekly themes, field trips, art, science, math, gross motor, and nutritional activities. Their environment promotes social interaction, individual exploration, and opportunities to test their independence. We also have the great advantage of our gym, built in 1998 to give the children a place to exercise and develop coordination, balance, and other athletic skills.