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Gan Shalom Early Childhood Education Center

3480 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 525-4867


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

"Goals include the continued development of socialization and independence in a nurturing environment; and integration of family and school within a Jewish context. Additionally the Nursery Programs help the children form a positive Jewish self-image; and provide stimuli and opportunities for growth and development in social, cognitive, intellectual, and physical skills." - Taken from website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The curriculum is grounded on the idea that children learn through play, and the environment is carefully planned to foster discovery, exploration and learning. We work to give our children a positive self-image, high self-esteem and a strong Jewish identity. The Gan Shalom staff consists of professionals specializing in early childhood education. There is a special 15% discount for all Temple Sholom of Chicago members in good standing."
- Taken from website

A Typical Day

"A typical morning would find the children engaged in free play; singing together and sharing their experiences during group time; trying a science experiment; enjoying snack time; following through on assigned classroom responsibilities for the day; creating art projects related to a theme or upcoming holiday. Children receive all readiness skills to assure a successful transition to kindergarten. The Jewish calendar cycle and holidays play an important role in the classroom. Shabbat is celebrated each Friday, with parents baking challah on a rotating schedule, with the children. Special holiday celebrations with families are scheduled throughout the school year, both during class hours and at other times. Hebrew is introduced in the classroom informally through songs and games so that the children become thoroughly familiar and at ease with the language of their religion."
- Taken from website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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