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Tiny Treasures Christian Preschool

18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

(847) 223-0186


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The primary goal at Tiny Treasures Christian Preschool is to stimulate a child's love of learning by: Supporting physical growth: Promoting large and small muscle development and providing sensory experiences. Nurturing emotional and social growth: Encouraging basic trust and autonomy, and helping the child with self-discipline, self-control and self-esteem. Enhancing creativity: Exploring self-expressive materials, especially through the medium of art, and fostering creative play and thought. Fostering language skills: Introducing a comprehensive language program with an emphasis on literature. Developing cognitive skills: Offering units of study which arouse children's interest and curiosity while teaching basic concepts. Encouraging spiritual growth: Experiencing the love of God in all we do, and learning to love God and one another in activities that model kindness, compassion and respect.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We provide a child-centered environment to enhance opportunities for children's problem solving and creative play. Our teachers know that every child is unique and special. We take the time to get to know them.

Our curriculum can be adjusted to meet individual needs, including special interests and strengths.

At Tiny Treasures Christian Preschool, we strive to have a developmentally appropriate program. We provide a curriculum that recognizes that children are active participants in their learning experiences. Our curriculum's emphasis is on the development of the whole child integrating physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth.

As educators, we think about what the children are like and then create an environment and experiences that are in tune with their needs and characteristics.

Children ages three to six learn far better through direct interactive experiences than through just listening to someone talk or working on paper and pencil tasks. They learn extraordinary amounts through play and exploration. Our program aims to develop the whole child through a play-based curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Tiny Treasures Christian Preschool of Wildwood Presbyterian Church is a nondenominational Christian preschool. Our philosophy incorporates an individualized approach to children, with respect for all as children of God, within an atmosphere of acceptance and grace.

Our curriculum addresses the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, aesthetic, and spiritual needs of children. Our preschool will seek to accommodate the individual needs of each child in our program.

Our approach to Christian education emphasizes the concepts of love and justice, embracing and modeling Christian ethical standards.

We encourage openness to different styles of learning for our students and different styles of teaching for our staff.

Our focus extends beyond the attainment of academic goals to the development of the whole child.

A Typical Day

A Typical Morning at Preschool

Greeting Time 9:00 - 9:15
Children arrive, put personal items away in their cubbies, wash hands, and join the class for a greeting/table activity.

Gathering Time 9:15 - 9:30
Children meet together, role is taken, weather, and calendar are included at this time. Songs and finger plays may accompany this time.

Centers 9:30 - 10:20
Children participate in learning centers. Children may choose from a variety of small group or individual activities. These activities might include: dramatic play, literacy table, blocks, math games, examining objects at a science table, art or craft activity, sand and water table, computer, books and listening center.

Clean Up 10:20 - 10:25

Circle Time/Story Time 10:25 - 10:40
Circle time includes songs, finger-plays, stories, and discussion of weekly themes. The teacher and children work together to develop a sense of themselves as a unit. New activity themes are introduced. Children are encouraged to discuss new concepts. Bible stories are shared during circle time. "Show and Tell" may take place at this time.

Hand Washing and Snack 10:40-10:55
We sit together and say a prayer before snacks.

Large Motor / Music 10:55-11:15
Children will have the opportunity to use their large motor skills on the playground equipment, in the classroom, or in the gym.

Closing Circle / Get Ready to Leave

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We encourage parents and their children to visit the preschool before registering to see if it is a good fit for their family. Before the school year begins, we offer opportunities for the child to visit the classroom and teachers at a "Meet Your Teacher Day" which is a morning where parents and children can drop in for a visit with their new teacher. We also have an open house night the week before school starts, where the entire class is invited to visit.

Each month, we send home a monthly newsletter and calendar that includes the themes that we will be focusing on and the events of the month. We also send home weekly newsletters that update the parents on activities that happened in the classroom that week.

We hold parent teacher conferences twice each school year, and will meet with parents at other times to discuss a child's progress if parents or teachers feel it will be helpful. Phone calls, face to face meetings and notes home also are used as needed in order to communicate with parents.

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is handled in a caring and sensitive manner on a case by case basis.

Before the school year begins, we ask parents if they think there may be sany eparation issues, so we can prepare a plan ahead of time if necessary. The teachers and parents work together to find a way to make the separation a positive experience. Sometimes, the parent may stay in the classroom for a morning, and "take breaks" in the bathroom so the child learns that "mommy comes back" when she says she will. We also use visual cues, such as color coded cards, that list the daily schedule. This helps children have some control in knowing how the morning will progress, and have a better idea of when they will see their parents again.

Sometimes, separation can be helped by singing a favorite song to the child or engaging in an activity that the child enjoys - this can help the child realize that school is a caring, fun and safe place to be, and hopefully he or she will feel more comfortable with the separation.