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Creative Scholars Preschool

1735 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Phone:
(773) 489-6543

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At Creative Scholars Preschool of Chicago, we strive to build a strong foundation for your child’s love of education. With a focus on early literacy development, we promote developmentally appropriate possibilities that enable us to discover the gifts each child possesses. We provide our children with a safe, engaging, collaborative, and creative place to learn. Our world is ever changing. At Creative Scholars, we have a responsibility to foster an atmosphere of caring, respect, and understanding of one another and our world. We are committed to working together; parents, teachers, and child to ensure a high quality program for all of our students.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

Early childhood is such a short time, but those years are the most important in developing the skills that will carry one into the future to be a successful, well-rounded, conscientious individual. That is why our goal at Creative Scholars is to help foster your child’s growth during these very crucial years with a child-centered, academic approach to learning. We emphasize the importance of being responsible to oneself, each other, and our earth. We strive to find the talent and interests inside each child and provide exceptional teachers that will inspire our students with all the wonders around them. We know that one of our most important roles as early childhood educators is to slow down, and answer that one word we hear over and over, “Why?” What a fascinating word. We hope your children never stop asking! We promise we’ll be here to answer.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught At Creative Scholars Preschool, we have four classrooms: Picassos, Mozarts, Shakespeares, and Amigos, named for each of our four arts – visual arts, music, drama and foreign language that we apply to our curriculum. Our curriculum goal is to tie all elements of the program together with a weekly theme. For example, if the weeks’ theme is the color blue we may focus on Picasso’s blue period, listen to blues music and talk about what instruments we hear, discuss what it means to feel “blue” and demonstrate the feeling with our bodies, and learn the name of the color blue as well as a couple of simple phrases in the foreign language. In addition, we may do easy science experiments with water, experiment with different shades of blue paint, go on a treasure hunt for blue items, and have each child contribute a page to a class book about their favorite thing that is blue. We will always be reading several books daily in both English and the foreign language that are related to the weeks’ theme. Academics: At Creative Scholars we present academics by encouraging children to be actively engaged in the learning process. We focus on math, science, and literacy development using many different techniques and methods. We view learning as a process that continues and develops as children play. By paying attention to what engages children we learn to ask the questions that will lead them to their own discoveries making learning more meaningful. Drama/Creative Movement: Our drama program is focused on the creative process rather than a finished product. With plenty of guided encouragement, the children will learn to act out emotions, work cooperatively, play games with their imaginations, and explore improvisation. Foreign Language: Our foreign language element consists of listening to and repeating vocabulary and phrases relevant in the classroom and at home. We amplify exposure daily through songs and stories in the featured language. Music: Our music component provides children an introduction to different composers/musicians and their music. Children will have an opportunity to explore different instruments, listen to their unique sounds, and when possible make their own. Visual Arts: Our visual arts facet pushes beyond traditional arts and crafts. First we introduce children to artists, mediums, techniques, styles, and periods by presenting various works of art. Children then have the opportunity to create their own masterpiece based on what they've studied.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Creative Scholars Preschool of Chicago, we strive to build a strong foundation for your child’s love of education. With a focus on early literacy development, we promote developmentally appropriate possibilities that enable us to discover the gifts each child possesses. We provide our children with a safe, engaging, collaborative, and creative place to learn. Our world is ever changing. At Creative Scholars, we have a responsibility to foster an atmosphere of caring, respect, and understanding of one another and our world. We are committed to working together; parents, teachers, and child to ensure a high quality program for all of our students.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily communication sheets will be emailed to parents and will include the focus activity and general information on what events took place that day. Teachers will email a weekly newsletter that will include an overview of the week’s themes and daily activities as well as suggestions and ideas for practicing at home. The director will provide a monthly newsletter for parents full of reminders, events, announcements and any other information that may be useful to our Creative Scholars’ families. Also, parent/teacher conferences will be held twice a year in the months of January and June.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our goal is to have your child separate independently. We do realize that each child is different and each situation requires flexibility. Our classroom teachers will work with your child to create a familiar routine for their arrival each day to make them feel comfortable and in control. We do not recommend or encourage parents staying with their child as this often creates more drama and prolongs the separation process. Rather, we suggest bringing a comfort item from home such as a blanket, stuffed toy, family photo, etc. to help reassure your child. Please be assured that our teachers have experience in handling separation situations and will be sensitive, thoughtful, and caring with their approach.