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L&L Academy and Preschool

2325 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 880-9543


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Children adjust the best through structure. Knowing what to expect can help ease the child into his new school life. Our program is a mix of large group activities, small group activities, individual activities and free play. We believe that the more a child is exposed to different situations the better he/she can adapt in the future.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Spanish and baby yoga

From the Director:

L&L Academy and Preschool was created to help your child achieve a higher standard in education. Entering first grade is a stressful time and we want to prepare our students for this transition by exposing them to similar topics that will be covered the first year. Through familiarity, your child can focus on learning the new material rather than focusing on an adjustment period. In the meantime, L&L also wants to instill values that are beyond the education system: the importance of health. Right start in understanding how to take care of oneself should help your child make positive choices in life. Besides embedding a strong educational foundation in a fun setting, children will be introduced to “core values”. Health is the most important aspect of our life: While in our care your child will eat only organic lunches, snacks and drink organic milk provided by Organic Life. L&L is also a sugar-free and nut-free school; so when others bring birthday treats, you know that your child is not filling up on empty calories. Besides eating right we will also teach children an importance of good hygiene. After meals, we will promote healthy brushing habits that last for a lifetime. Also, a dentist will visit our facility every three months to promote awareness and educate children on proper brushing techniques. A need to keep our body healthy: We introduced a program called “Baby Yoga”. Children will be taught ways to stretch, tone and relax their bodies. This is a very relaxing group activity done before naptime to help your child prepare for sleep. Children will learn the basics of yoga and maybe teach you a few new moves! Leadership is taught at an early age: At L&L Academy each child will be taught important skills and etiquette to help them gain the confidence to be active members of the classroom. Through encouragement and care you child will gain important leadership skills, we will work with each child individually to bring out their inner best!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goals of L&L Academy and Preschool are to nurture and guide each child’s development physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually that will continue to evolve over a lifetime. This is done in an environment where learning unfolds though stimulating play, exploration and curriculum.

A Typical Day

Arrival - 9:00 ******Free Play at available stations
(educational games/library/computer/art/pretend play/etc.)
9:00 - 9:05 Clean-up
9:05 - 9:25 Morning Circle
(discussion of weather/calendar/assignment of jobs/discussion of message of the day, practice of a poem of the week. Children will help “read” the message of the day by highlighting certain letters or words (depending on each child’s reading level).
9:25 - 9:35 Morning Snack
9:35 - 10:00 Second Circle & Everyday Math
(children are challenged with a math problem on a daily basis, math questions are adjusted to each individual’s difficulty level)
10:00 - 10:30 Mandatory Centers (Math, Science, Art, Literacy, Library)
10:30 - 11:25 Gross Motor
(outside activity if the weather is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit)
11:25 – 12:00 Class Meeting three days a week, Music twice a week
(during class meeting children are encouraged to publicly speak, reason and come up with solutions if any problems arise. Music includes study of each genre and playing instruments)
12:00 - 12:25 Lunch (daily practice of good manners)
12:25 - 12:35 Bathroom/teeth brushing
12:35 - 12:50 Baby Yoga
12:50 - 1:00 Chapter Book reading (part of a nap time routine)
1:00 - 3:00 Rest Time
(children are not forced to sleep, those that do not nap can read and do quiet activities)
3:00 - 3:30 Mandatory Centers
(Math, Science, Art, Literacy, Library)
3:30 - 3:40 Afternoon Snack
3:40 - 4:25 Outside or Small Groups
(includes practice of the poem of the week). Outside activities are active learning games that include reinforcement of learned material. When weather permits, children play tennis, soccer, and dance. Children also go to a nearby park for gross motor free play.
4:20 - Pick Up ******Free Play at available stations
(educational games/library/computer/art/pretend play/etc.)
****Children are constantly encouraged to learn. We use every opportunity to reinforce what we have learned throughout the day. For example, children must sign in daily to practice their writing skills. Our walks to the park are a great opportunity to practice counting to 100 or repeating the poem of the week, or reading words like “Stop”, etc. We constantly encourage children to play educational games like Bongo, Zingo, Checkers, or Connect4 during “free play”.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our goal at L&L Academy and Preschool is to keep clear and open lines of communication. This can be done via four ways: in person, by email, phone or mail. Each classroom has its own email account so you can talk with your child’s teacher directly. Weekly emails will be sent to each parent along with a monthly email from the owner. This email will include: State Standards/Benchmarks covered that week, extended activities that you can do at home (such games, ideas, etc.) and a weekly poem, as well as, a small antidote about your child. We will give you the topics covered and let you asses his/her progress. For instance, our newsletter will note that we learned to count from 40 to 50, a parent should ask their child to count for them. Your child will be proud to show their newly learned skills and you can see for yourself that your child is progressing.

For unanimous concerns and comments, our school has provided a suggestions box located in the entrance lobby by the parent board.