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Children's Creative Center

1911 W.Irving Park
Chicago, IL 60613

Phone:
(773) 281-0980

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

We recognize that children are unique, with their own temperaments and other distinct personality traits. We acknowledge, respect and honor individual characteristics, cultural differences, personal strengths, needs, abilities, interests and learning styles.
As children develop, they pass through similar stages in each area of their development, though at different rates of growth. We believe that in order to demonstrate appropriate expectations and provide adequate challenges for children, it is important to implement an educational program which is based on what we know about children individually and culturally, as well as what we know about the different ages and stages of child development.
There is a large body of research evidence which indicates that children learn most effectively through a concrete, hands-on, play-oriented approach to early childhood education: through the manipulation of objects, materials and ideas; through interactions with peers and adults; and through activities which children initiate themselves. We think that the old notion of children as passive learners is shortsighted and believe, instead, that children are interactive learners who are continually striving to make sense out of their experiences.

A Typical Day

Children in our 3, year-old program are actively involved in meeting new friends and discovering the world around them. They learn basic social and emotional self-help skills and beginning academic skills. Our curriculum is thematically oriented with projects encompassing each special theme. Children enjoy music and computer instruction. All parents are encouraged to visit the classroom and teachers throughout the school year, to review their child's progress and to learn more about the school's programs.
· Art facilitates discovery of one's unique creativity, using numerous art media in fun and exciting ways.
· Music & Creative Dramatics encourages the pure joy of music. Children have a choice to learn Spanish through songs.
· Citizenship fosters a sense of community responsibility and an attitude of positive action by which each of us can make a difference.
· Computer Play -Offer software programs that is specially designed to support and enhance the preschool core curriculum.
· Blocks & Various Related Toys enhance imaginative play, math development, and coordination.
· Learning Centers Housekeeping Materials, Dress-up Clothing, and Furnishings foster learning of everyday living skills, role-playing, cooperation, and language development.
· Stories and Sharing Experiences encourage language development through story dictation and foster love of literature
· Encourage self-reliance and provide opportunities for children to develop their self-confidence. Children also practice their decision making as they navigate from center to center.
· Children are encouraged to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation