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Lincoln Park Preparatory

108 W. Germania
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 482-9009


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Listening Centers in every classroom.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math shelf in each classroom with a variety of 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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Teachers provide "cooking" activites regulary for the children.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Suzuki Orff once a week.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • We host a "Gallery Walk" where every child has a piece of artwork on display.
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
  • We use the local playgrounds and parks as well as the Lake Michigan beaches and other local resources like the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Nature Museum.
Other subjects taught LPP offers Spanish provided by Language Stars and Music provided by Suzuki Orff.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers in each classroom are trained to do "extensions" to each activity that can accommodate the individual levels of each child. For example: Sorting may be done by one criteria (i.e. color) or by several (i.e. color, shape, and size.) Also we work with each family on a case by case basis if any special services are needed (i.e. speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, etc.)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Lincoln Park Preparatory's early childhood program takes into primary consideration the growth and well-being of the child. We feel that we provide this best by having a warm, open and nurturing atmosphere that is conducive to learning at an early age. Lincoln Park Prep also provides educated, caring and enthusiastic teachers.

Our school is a place where children ages 2-6 can develop self-confidence and build a commitment to learning. The children take part in developmentally appropriate and discovery based activities. Through play, children are encouraged to build upon problem solving skills as well as creative skills and socialization skills.

LPP believes in a healthy balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities, while also limiting the amount of time spent in a large group. These activities are encouraged through play. We believe that through play children experience the joy of discovery from themselves.

Our teachers take into account the individuality of each child. We look at the whole child and the developmental level at which he is functioning. We then provide activities that will stimulate the child's imagination and creative development. While placing emphasis on the child's individuality, we believe that communication between the teachers and parents is a vital part of providing a quality early childhood program.

LPP is a place where a child's happiness is of utmost importance. When a child is ready to depart LPP to continue his education he will take with him a positive concept of school, a love for learning, and a self-confidence that is crucial for any child to learn.

A Typical Day

3's and 4's Classroom Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 Arrival and Free Play
(Kindergarten Room)
8:00 - 9:25 Arrival and Free Play
(Our Room)
9:25 - 9:30 Clean-Up
9:30 - 9:45 Morning Circle (song, helper chart,
and Star of the Week)
9:45 - 10:15 Outside/Gross Motor
10:15 - 10:30 Bathroom/Snack
10:30 - 11:00 Specials*/Choice Time
11:00 - 11:20 Circle Time (Calendar, weather,
book, letter of the week, banker)
11:20 - 12:00 Centers
12:00 - 12:25 Community/Music
12:25 - 12:30 Wash Hands
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch/Bathroom
1:00 - 3:00 Nap/Rest Time
3:00 - 3:20 Snack
3:20 - 3:50 Free Play
3:50 - 4:00 Circle Time
4:00 - 4:30 Outside/Small Groups
4:30 - 5:30 Free Play/Departure

*Monday - Music by Suzuki Orff
Wednesday - Spanish by Language Stars

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily communication is acheived during drop off and pick up times. During these times the teachers are available for short conversations to let parents know how their child's day at school was. Teachers are available by telephone between 1:00 and 3:00 each day if a longer conversation is required. Posted in each classroom is a wipe erase board entitled "Today We..." Each day on this board the teachers write tidbits of what they did during centers and outdoor time to encourage conversations between children and their parents. We also document on a large chart in each room how much each child ate and slept during the course of the day. In addition, parents may call LPP at any time to check on their child. LPP has an open door policy for parents.

LPP provides two formal written evaluations each year. (One in the fall and one in the spring.) We also provide a parent/teacher conference in November of every year.

A bi-monthly newsletter is also provided for parents. The newsletter includes an article by a teacher and tidbits about the happenings in each classroom.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Prior to the start of each child a director at LPP meets with the family to discuss any questions and concerns and go over the Parent Handbook. During this meeting an initial schedule for start is agreed upon. Generally, the first day of school a child stays 1 - 1.5 hours. When the parent/caregiver arrives to pick up the child she will discuss with the teachers how long the child should stay for the next time.