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North Shore SDA Preschool

5220 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 769-0733


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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 computer, spanish

From the Director:

We provide individualized, child-directed activities to incorporate the High Reach Learning curriculum and themed materials to stimulate thinking skills and creativity, and build a strong foundation for early learning success. Sample Monthly Curriculum Schedule: September 2006: I Can Be Me October 2006: I Can Imagine November 2006: I Can Be Healthy December 2006: I Can Go January 2007: I Can Discover February 2007: I Can Take Care of Pets March 2007: I Can See the Stars April 2007: I Can Go to Town May 2007: I Can Go to the Farm June 2007: I Can See Bugs July 2007: I Can Splish and Splash August 2007: I Can Play

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers do spend time working with students individually where there is a need.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Each child is of infinite worth, and we respect and celebrate each child's uniqueness and culture.

Our staff of caring, dedicated teachers is committed to providing individualized attention on your child's social, intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental needs at their own rate and level of ability.

Stimulating and creative learning activities help develop self-esteem, curiosity and exploration, and fundamental values - and we provide these in a safe and nurturing Christian environment.

A Typical Day

6:00am: center opens
6:00am-8:00am: arrival time, creative play
8:00am-8:45am: breakfast (provided by parents)
8:45am-9:00am: clean up, prep for circle time
9:00am-9:30am: circle time (worship, day, etc.)
9:30am-11:00am: class (language, colors, shapes, numbers, music)
11:00am-11:30am: gym activites or walk in the park
11:30am-12:30pm: lunch (provided by preschool)
12:30pm-12:45pm: prep for naptime
12:45pm-1:00pm: storytime
1:00pm-3:30pm: naptime /half day students leave
3:30pm-4:00pm: snacks (provided by preschool)
4:00pm-5:00pm: story, computer games
5:00pm-5:30pm: puzzles, coloring, table games, sand table
5:30pm-6:00pm: clean up time
6:00pm: center closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

All parents of schoolchildren are members of the Home and School Association. This organization plays an integral part in making the connection complete between home and school. The Home and School Association operates under the direction of volunteer personnel. The benefit from this type of an organization is gained only by cooperation and support by children of the school and their parents. Parents are invited to assist as well as support and participate in the program should they so desire.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school