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Lake Shore Schools

5611 N Clark St AND 6759 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

(773) 561-6707


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Books, books, and more books, as well as a variety of opportunities for children to explore materials that allow them to express themselves. Numerous learning centers open doors to creativity and discovery, while playing in their enriching environment.

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
  • Books are everywhere
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, clocks, phones, rulers
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • People, cars, animals, more books
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Cooking, things that change, collections of living things and non-living things, magnifiers, viewers
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Scarves, costumes, CD players, space
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • 3 dimensional projects, relationships, big messy group murals, using lots of recycle items, in conjunction with field trips
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
  • 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 Health, safety, exposure to a variety of cultures, their community and more.

From the Director:

Lake Shore Schools support creative curriculum and all of the learning centers within each classroom, and then within the assorted environments. As children have choices to move from center to center, the teachers work with a small number of children on activities that require a one to one relationship and guidance.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Preschool children range in age from 15 months through 5 years of age. They are each unique and come to our program with a variety of experiences, needs, challenges and abilities. Every child is profiled, screened, assessed and identified with the teaching team that will be working with them. Professionals work with each teaching team to observe, assess and then determine the appropriate path to provide the most suitable environment and program for every child to progress, grow, learn and succeed. Parents are involved in this entire process as success is a TEAM effort.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our schools insure a stimulating adventure in education that helps every student grow with all their senses and enables them to respect the earth, its people and the future of our planet. Lake Shore Schools' hands-on educational approach in our creative and challenging environment is fun and rewarding -- we increase every student's ability to retain knowledge and to apply that knowledge to our everyday world.

A Typical Day

Busy: very, very busy! Depending on age level, every student is involved in programming and curriculum that is fully aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards. Some highlights: breakfast, lunch, snack, large motor, small group, early literacy activities, creative expression opportunities, and an array of experiences that allow every child to achieve to their full potential.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Lake Shore Schools provides an array of opportunities for parents and family members to join us. They are varied and multi-faceted. From daily options when arriving to school, joining the class for breakfast or lunch or snack. OR going with on field trips! Daily communication notes are sent home promoting communication, calls to staff during non-teaching time are encouraged. School monthly calendars provide all additional opportunities as well as the schools full year calendar, showing open houses, parent conferences, monthly parent and child "parties", semester formal assessments, and review of each student's portfolio. Parents also are provided weekly/monthly parent letters from teaching team regarding their child's classroom activities.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Visits prior to enrollment are an integral part of making the child's school experience a successful one. Bringing in an item that gives the child a feeling of security can help. Parents are welcome to call to learn how their child's day is going, as often as necessary to feel comfortable. Daily notes outlining a child's day helps to keep the flow information going both ways. Individual considerations are also made as needed to insure their school success!