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Christian Heritage Academy - Chicago Campus

1001 N Crosby St
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 361-0550


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We are a play-based preschool, yet as the children grow and mature we implement many projects following the children's interests. Our kindergarten and elementary programs are more classically academic based, with many hands on activities to develop cooperation, problem-solving and critical thinking. We communicate learning to children and families through photo documentation.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts more

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

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  • 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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are well-trained in observation of students. We know where each child is in his or her current stage of development and plan activities to move the child forward in a fun, challenging way. Small groups are used to individualize activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Christian Heritage Academy is a non-denominational Christian school with a rich heritage of interweaving a Biblical world-view with an excellent academic and critical thinking foundation. We achieve this through hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities in a nurturing and loving environment.

A Typical Day

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate through a daily blog, weekly newsletters with at home activities to try, formal conferences throughout the year, as well as individual conferences as needed by teacher or parents. Progress reports include activities to do at home.

We offer parenting series and send information on resources we find that are of interest to our parents,

We encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is common and expected. We give parents written information on it and how to handle it with us as a team.

We use family pictures at school to help children, allow transition objects, and help the parents know when to stay and when to say good by.

We begin school with a gradual first two weeks to minimize separation anxiety.