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Humboldt Community Christian School

1847 N. Humboldt Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

Phone:
(773) 278-6330

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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 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
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
  • recorded music
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • 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 Bible

From the Director:

HCCS offers a balance of structured play and teacher instruction along with integration of subjects while fostering creativity, imagination, and respect and care for others.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are aware of individual differences and work to accommodate accordingly. Teachers are well aware that not all students develop in the same ways or at the same speed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Humboldt Community Christian School sees integration of Christian discipleship with academic achievement and cultural appreciation as the most important way to bring about growth in our students. As we prepare future leaders and citizens, our desire is to equip them to function fully as they grow toward adulthood...able to think clearly, communicate effectively, and pray fervently. Our desire is to share the hope we have found in Christ to both our students and their families, coming alongside them to help Him meet their intellectual, physiological, and spiritual needs.

A Typical Day

8:30 Attendance, calendar, weather, song
8:45 Bible, prayer, worship
9:15 Recess/Snack/Bathroom
10:00 Reading & Instructional Centers
11:15 Play choices
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Gym
1:00 Math/ Science/Social Studies
1:30 Nap
2:15 Centers or book time
2:55 Parents begin picking up children

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our purpose is to encourage parents and teachers to work together for progress in learning. Some of the ways this is fostered:
Open House
parent/teacher conferences
weekly memos/newsletters
phone calls
connection to resources, i.e. training, information,
communicty activities, etc.
listening to suggestions from parents

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation