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Our Lord's Little Ones

220 West Maple Street
Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone:
(847) 566-5437

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our day is very structured, however, we try each day during our circle to have each child share something 3 times. This helps the children share and to also listen to others. As our 4's turn 5, they are beginning to lead several areas of circle.

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
  • We create our own memory books for each child
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Many games that use math skills.
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
  • Outdoor nature/burds/trees/great bird study unit
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Handbells for the older children
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Each child makes a memory book
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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
  • We have a stage for our musical performances
Other subjects taught Religion, manners and social skills. We also feel we are a resourse for our parents.

From the Director:

Our school stresses manners and social skills. We feel that our graduates are self-confident and polite.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We welcome all children. Our inclusion program benefits all children. Many of our children attend the public schools for specialized instruction and then are bussed to us for an inclusion program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that children are miracles. Each child brings his/her special gifts to our program. Our job is to identify those gifts and celebrate them. Ultimately, we would love to instill a love of learnig in each child.

A Typical Day

830am Preschool classes begin
8:45 am Circle
9:15 am Table activities (fine motor)
9:30 am Bathrooms/snack
10:00am art
10:15 am creative movemen
10:30 am science
10:45 am outside play
11:00 am Morning preschool dismisses

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have strong communication with our parents. We approach learning as a team. The parents play a large part. We have mixers prior to school starting for our families to get to know each other. We have an open house each year. We do evaluations of the children twice a year. We also have parent teacher conferences. These are formal for our 3,4 and 5 year olds. Additional conferences are welcome when needed. Our school has a very family atmosphere. We love to tell people that we have wonderful children who come from beautiful families.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children are told that they miss their parents because they love them. We tell the children that we (the staff) miss our parents too. These children are held by staff until they are ready to interact with the other children. We are very patient. We wait until they are ready.
Prior to the children coming to our school we work with the parents. Children transition faster with parents who do not have hesitations themselves.