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Childrens House-north Shore

1220 S Lake St
Mundelein, IL 60060-3706

(847) 949-6340


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The school is dedicated to the overall growth of children and the adults working with them. Our goal is the full realization of the child's intellectual, social, physical and spiritual potential with the parents and teachers as co-workers in order to bring about a fully participating citizen of the world who respects nature, his fellow humans and, consequently, himself.
Toward this end, we maintain an educational environment that is geared to the child's interests and abilities, a staff that is fully informed and trained in the Montessori method, as well as the most current theories of child development. We conduct parent education sessions to acquaint the parents with basic psychology and methodology, maintaining a diverse library for their use. We also provide the following:
• A Montessori Handbook
• Periodic newsletters
• Relevant handouts
• Several bulletin board of pertinent events
• Articles of general interest
This is in the hope that home life and the school life complement one another.
We hold bi-annual conferences with the parents so as to exchange information about the growth and development of the child and request that the parents keep us informed of changes that would affect the child's life in home or school, through informal notes or conversations. We like to have the parents come in and browse through the halls and classrooms before and after classes so that they have a better understanding of their children's experiences. We do ask you, however, to limit your conversations with other parents to the west end of the hall by the entrance, so as not to disturb the ongoing classes with your conversation.
We are a small school with small classes. We build on the intimacy of the family unit, hoping to extend this to the classroom environment. We know that in the course of time, parents will become our friends and allies as we work together for the welfare of their child.
The teachers are available for informal discussion of the child after the morning classes have been dismissed and in the late afternoon. You can reach us by phone through the office, and we will call you back at a time convenient to both of us."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 Feed animals; take down chairs; breakfast if needed
8:00 Open blinds, water plants, sharpen pencils, prepare classroom
8:30 Circle time- group activity; attendance taken
9:00 Individual work; snack available
11:00 Outside play
11:45 Prepare for lunch
12:00 Lunch served
12:45 Story time (or to nap room)
1:00 Group project
2:30 Outside play
4:00 Afternoon snack
4:15 Play time
6:00 Close
The format for the 15 month to 2 year olds (Yellow Room) is similar:
7:00 Help feed animals; take down chairs; breakfast if needed
8:00 Help prepare classroom
8:30 Individual work; attendance taken
10:00 Snack
10:30 Bathroom, then outside play
12:00 Lunch served
12:35 Nap
3:00 Wake up and put away cots
3:15 Outside play
4:00 Afternoon snack
4:15 Play time
5:30 Story time
6:00 Close"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school