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Chalk Preschool

2840 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 935-7300


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

CHALK Preschool incorporates both large and small group learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Manipulatives
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Manipulatives
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD Player
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Play-doh
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Indoor gross motor in the Activity Center

From the Director:

We have 2 degreed teachers in each classroom. Circle times are large group and teacher led, children are actively involved. Center Time is small group and the teachers work individually and with the small group on Math/Science, Language Arts, Art and Gross Motor.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

CHALK teachers all have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Education. The teachers fill out Evaluations on the children twice a year and have parent/teacher conferences to talk about each child's progress. During Center Time the teacher's work individually with each child to help them master the learning goal of the activity.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Educate young minds and facilitate the enjoyment of learning. Support the growth of the whole child across emotional, social, physical, and cognitive domains to ensure the development of strong, confident, life-long learners.

Incorporate (1) core curriculum goals based on early childhood learning standards and models and (2) the arts within a loving, stimulating environment. Establish and adapt best practices to provide a well-rounded, structured education enhanced with play and creativity. Structure daily activities to provide stability and security.

Retain highly qualified, skilled teachers responsible for the development and application of lesson plans, scheduling, parent communication, etc. Provide effective leadership for all aspects of CHALK including retention of a qualified Preschool Director and support staff.

Create and maintain classrooms and play areas that are stimulating and safe. Provide an open-door policy for children, family members, teachers, and staff to ensure continuous improvement.

A Typical Day

CHALK Preschool of Lakeview offers 2, 3 or 5 Full Days a week. Children can be dropped off from 7:30 to 9:05 and picked up at any time.

7:30-9:15 Free Play
9:15-9:30 Clean-up
9:30-10:00 Circle Time
10:00-10:30 Snack and Bathroom
10:30-11:15 Center Time
11:15-12:00 Outside Time/ Activity Center Time
12:00-12:30 Organic Catered Lunch
12:30-1:00 Music
1:00-3:00 Nap
3:00-3:30 Snack and Bathroom
3:30-4:15 Walk Outside/Activity Center Time
4:15-4:45 Closing Circle
4:45-5:30 Structured Free Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

CHALK Preschool has an open door policy and family members are able to spend as much time as they would like in the classroom. Parents can call the classroom during nap time to talk to the teachers or the teachers are available during drop off and pick up. Student Evaluations are filled out twice a year and Parent Teacher Conferences are held once a year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

After children are enrolled at CHALK Preschool they are able to visit the classroom and spend time meeting the teachers and children. Most children transition in smoother when they start with an abbreviated schedule when they start. This is not mandatory but does help.