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Mary Meyer School

2817 N. Pine Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 549-0870

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophy of Mary Meyer School is that children learn through play". --taken from Mary Meyer School informational brochure

A Typical Day

"Although there is surprise and spontaneity in every day, there is also a dependable structure that is reassuring to the children. Each school day is organized to include a stretch of free play; a convivial group conversation called "rug time," and a period for children to carry out assigned tasks, which could include feeding the classroom pets, helping prepare snack, or watering plants.

During work time, children may busy themselves with an art project, block building, dress-up, an experiment at the water table, or a round of make-believe in the pillow-lined bathtub. They may also participate in a teacher directed project, such as drawing self-portrait, cooking a special snack or making paper out of recycled school materials. A group story time follows before children assemble for snack.

The last activity of the day is play in the school's enclosed playgarden. There are swings, slides, bicycles, wagons, a garden and a sandbox, all assembled to give children a range of physical activity and challenge (in soggy weather the action is moved to our upstairs "gym") ".

--taken from Mary Meyer School informational brochure

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on