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Lutheran Day Nursery and Preschool

1802 N. Fairfield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

(773) 486-4222


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Lutheran Day is a NAEYC Accredited year-round preschool and childcare center for children ages 2-5.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe that children learn naturally when they interact with an enriching environment and where quality staff facilitate discovery and curiosity. We also believe that a loving, faith-based environment is conducive to the growth of a child socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally.

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
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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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • 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 Spanish language is integrated throughout instruction and classroom atmosphere, promoting a bilingual and bi-cultural experience.

From the Director:

Developmentally appropriate centers and hands-on experiences encourage self-discovery, social-emotional growth and learning foundations.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All teachers and assistants have at least an AA in Early Childhood Education. In addition, all staff receive ample opportunities for professional development throughout the year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

For 100 years, Lutheran Day has provided quality childcare and early childhood education for children ages 2 - 5 in a faith-based environment. We are "The Good News in Early Childhood Education."

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school