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Saint Bruno Preschool

4839 South Harding Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

(773) 847-0697


PreK - 8th Grade Catholic elementary School

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, 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 Weekly Music, Gym, Library, and Technology classes

From the Director:

We believe, at St. Bruno Preschool, that each child is a unique individual with his/her own pattern of growth and development. We believe that to foster this growth socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually, the child needs a planned environment, which is child-centered. The child needs a place where the teacher meets the child on his/her level, literally and developmentally, and which provides new opportunities to explore the world around them. Encouragement, understanding, nurturing, and comfort are provided by the parents as well as the teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our program is carefully designed to allow children to learn through play and recognition/enhancement of individual talents and interests. This is accomplished through a variety of methodologies and best instructional practices distilled from a careful assessment of current programs and curricula. The classroom is a media of resource rich environment. The program utilizes a multiplicity of art media and textures, science activities and hands-on projects, a puppet theatre to enhance creativity and communication, blocks, books, and units/themes to provide a springboard for further learning.

The spiritual development of the child is aided via the signs and symbols of faith, age appropriate prayers and songs, gentle reminders of the importance of each individual and the need to work together, and the stories that emphasize the beauty of creation, the loving nature of God, and the wonder of each person. We encourage the child’s natural curiosity about the world and support his/her desire for independence.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We recognize that children are active learners and we strive to match activities with individual interest and abilities. The preschool and pre-kindergarten programs emphasize personal, social, academic, spiritual, creative and athletic development of each child.

A Typical Day

Classes are fun while reinforcing skills in each area of development. In early preschool, your child will learn their academics, such as alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors, build social skills, develop healthy habits in personal hygiene and diet, participate in free and structured play, explore creative avenues in art, crafts, music, and drama.
Weekly Activities Includes:

• Religious Education
• Story Time/Early Literacy
• Fine Motor Enhancement
• Science & Math Fundamentals
• Multi-Cultural Awareness
• Puzzles and Games
• Physical Education
• Arts & Crafts
• Holiday & birthday celebrations
• Music and Movement
• Outdoor Play and Activities
And so much more...

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Weekly Family envelope, weekly teacher newletter, teacher online blogs


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on