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Pilgrim Lutheran School

4300 N. Winchester
Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 477-4824


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

"Objectives 1. To teach children that they are God's special creation, redeemed by Jesus Christ, nurtured in love by the Holy Spirit. 2. Demonstrate God's love for each of us by maintaining an atmosphere of happiness in sharing new experiences and expressing enthusiasm, consideration, gentleness, and understanding for others. 3. Provide individual creative expression using developmentally appropriate art, music, and dramatic play. 4. Provide opportunities for the child to learn about the natural world. 5. Encourage the expression of both positive and negative feelings, and channel the negative feelings into constructive expression. 6. Foster awareness and respect for the feelings and rights of others and develop empathy for one another. 7. Provide opportunities to develop large and small motor skills. 8. Encourage verbal expression of ideas and realization of self as a source of ideas. 9. Provide for children a structured environment where children can build socialization skills and develop friendships while pursuing individual interests. 10. Provide each child with opportunities to experience forms of written and oral language. 11. Provide opportunities for the child to construct mathematical understanding through the use of manipulative materials. 12. Provide opportunities for the child to develop individual self-help skills. (i.e. dressing, toileting, and good organizational skills. 13. Provide opportunities for the child to develop listening skills." - Taken from website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Pilgrim Lutheran School's Early Childhood Program believes children are special creations of God, each with unique interests and needs.

We believe that learning takes place through child-centered opportunities and activities in an accepting environment, by teachers who respect each child and his/her varied background, experiences, knowledge, personalities, abilities, and needs.

We believe that an appropriate curriculum encourages and enhances the child's growth as an independent individual and incorporates conflict resolution techniques to ensure group participation."
- Taken from website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Communication and Parental Involvement
1. A weekly newsletter is sent home describing the classroom activities of the past week and the upcoming events.
2. A monthly calendar is sent home listing weekly and monthly themes, snack assignments, and special church and school events.
3. A school newsletter (Pilgrim's Pink Page) is sent home weekly.
4. Written evaluations of the student's progress are sent in January and June.
5. Individual parent conferences are held in October and March.
6. Parents are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher with questions concerning their child. No question is unimportant.
7. Parents are always welcome in the classroom. Parents may volunteer to be a daily helper, library aide, computer aide, field trip helper, or to serve as picture person."

- Taken from website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers

Handling Separation: From the Director

"Home Visitation
The preschool teacher will make home visits to each child enrolled before classes begin in the fall. This gives the teacher and student an opportunity to become acquainted before the school year begins. "
- Taken from website