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Willow Ridge Academy

7316 W. North Ave
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

(708) 456-1925


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are usually most responsive to activities in which
they are involved in a hands on manner. Our teachers accept that
and design their classroom spaces with learning centers at which
children can freely choose whether to participate or not and for how
Our quality staff rotates and adds materials frequently to
maintain and extend the child’s interest. Often our teachers create
their own games and activities if commercial ones do not offer the
challenge or theme based approach to the learning topic.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Quality early childhood education lays a solid foundation for children. The program must incorporate a challenging environment in
the areas of physical development, social development, emotional development, cognitive development and language development.
Our attention must be focused on the totality of these developmental domains. It takes a highly developed curriculum and a learned instructor to continually assess the needs of the individual children and to create the optimal learning environment for a group of children.

A Typical Day

The educational curriculum is based on the theory of developmental interactionism and is accomplished through activities that are developmentally appropriate. Lessons are designed around the children’s goals,
which means they are being taught to individually. Lessons will be formatted with each child’s goals in mind. Monthly units are created by teachers that incorporate student’s goals and new concepts that excite children about learning. Basic skill instruction will be incorporated into the thematic units. Phonics and whole language instruction will be used to associate letters, sounds and words
together in the formation of reading skills.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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