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Little Lambs

631 East Hickory Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-9220


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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Word walls, creative literacy exercises (eg writing in sand or shaving foam)
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, weekly instruction
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Montly themes incorporate scientific elements
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing daily
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Field trips
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Full gymnasium
Other subjects taught Christian education Drama - children are involved in special concerts and plays throughout the year

From the Director:

Our lead teacher is currently involved in developing an Early Childhood Curriculum that will be rolled out to all SDA childcare facilities throughout the USA and Canada. Little Lambs will be a test center for this emerging curriculum, based on leading philosophies developed globally.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Pre-K teacher works closely with HAA's Kindergarten teacher to ensure students are well prepared for school. Because of our excellent child:teacher ratio, our program is individualized according to the child's needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Seventh-day Adventist church operates a worldwide system of education. This system, which began in 1872, includes preschool through university levels. The church's belief regarding Christian education is based on the Scriptures and the writings of Ellen G. White, which have provided our church with a distinct philosophy of education.
The aim of Seventh-day Adventist education and Hinsdale Adventist Academy is to provide opportunities for students to develop academic and social skills as well as a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Education is "the harmonious development of the physical, mental and spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come." Education, p. 13.
The education program is predicated on a belief in the uniqueness and worth of each student and the importance of the systematic development of the whole person. Students are educated to accept the concept of service as a principle of life, to be sensitive to the needs of people, and to become contributing members in the home, church and society.
In order that its young people may become well-rounded individuals prepared for service in this and the future life, HAA places special emphasis on the spiritual as it trains the physical, mental and social capabilities of young men and women. We believe the work of education and redemption are one. The training of all the facets of one's character is a distinguishing feature of HAA."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

6:30-8:30 Opening, Free Play
8:30-9:00 Welcome & Worship
9:00-9:30 Snack
9:30-10:00 Pre-k Outdoor Play Preschool Circle Time
10:00-10:30 Pre-k Circle Time Preschool Outdoor Play
10:30-11:00 Focused Learning Time
11:00-11:30 Learning Centers
11:30-11:45 Clean-up and wash hands for lunch
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Bathroom break, story time, and preparation for naps
1:00-3:00 Nap and rest time
3:00-3:30 Wake-up, put beds away, and snacks
3:30-6:00 Free play and outdoor play(weather permitting)
Circle Time Classes meet to review and discuss rules, weekly letter, number and color songs, as well as monthly theme. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are emailed regularly with information and photographs of their child. They receive monthly newsletters and always have access to their child's portfolios. Portfolios include details on learning goals and how their child is progressing. Parent-teacher meetings are scheduled formally twice a year but informally on a regular basis. Parents are also encouraged to attend the monthly Parent Advisory committee meetings and to attend our special events


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We embrace the child for as long as they need it, distract them with interesting activities and provide whatever reassurance they need through the day. Parents are contacted via text messages or phone calls throughout the day to update them. We honestly report how a child is coping and work closely with families to ensure the child feels loved and secure. Often we assign 2 or 3 children to look after the child so they feel accepted by their peers too.