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Lake View YMCA

3333 North Marshfield
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 248-3333


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our teaching philosophy is based on growing and learning through social interaction. The students learn to interact with and respect one another everyday by following both instruction and instructor example. Physical activity, songs, motor skill and sensory development, and development of intellectual skills and capabilities.

A Typical Day

The students and instructors start the day with circle time and discussing the calendar and weather. Songs are then taught dealing with the theme for the week (planets, alphabet, etc.). Everyone then sits as a "family" for snack time to learn manners and social skills, after which is gym time for small and large group motor skills. The day ends with show and tell and journal time. Your children will be in a safe loving environment while learning everyday skills and new and different things.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Instructors are available to speak with parents for a short time before, and always after class to discuss questions, concerns, etc. There is an open door policy for parents to meet with instructors or the director any time they please.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up