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Wheatland Salem Christian Academy

1852 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Phone:
(630) 904-7035

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Our school is located in the Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church on the corner of 95th and Book Road. The academy includes 18 classrooms, an indoor motor movement room and "The Ark" a multi-purpose music room and children's worship center.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The purpose and goal at Wheatland Salem is to create a positive Christian environment in which learning is fun and rewarding. We organize activities so that the child can master simple skills and gradually advance to more difficult tasks with a feeling of self-control and confidence. We value the partnership we have with our families to nurture and challenge our children so they feel good about themselves and realize they are unique and special.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our preschool classrooms are limited to 10 children with one teacher which allows a great deal of time for the teacher to work one-on-one with each student and support their learning style and needs. Our kindergarten is offered as an extended day and is limited to 15 children again affording your child to receive the individualized instruction he/she needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goal of the WSCA curriculum is to expand each child's social experience in the world of peer relations within a school setting and provide new and/or different experiences that enhance intellectual and physical development.

A Typical Day

9:00 - 9:10 Arrival & Greetings
9:10 - 9:40 Teacher Directed Learning Activities
9:40 - 10:00 Circle
10:00 - 10:20 Snack
10:20 - 10:40 Music & Motor Movement
10:40 - 11:10 Center Time
11:10 - 11:25 Closing Circle
11:25 - 11:30 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our teachers send home a newsletter describing the learning activities and goals presented to the children each week. Parents are invited to "Star of the Day" for a first hand view of their child's classroom environment and activities. Parent / Teacher conferences are held twice a year in the fall and the spring to discuss your child's progress and learning achievements. Lastly, our teachers and administrative staff are always available to our families.

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
  • Special Meetings
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

It is normal development for a preschool-aged child to experience separation anxiety upon leaving his/her family and entering a new situation. Once your child has made friends and become accustomed to the preschool setting, the uneasy feelings will subside. Typically this process may take approximately 2 weeks for this to occur. Our teachers are prepared to help your child deal with these emotions. It is easier for your child if you bring him/her to the teacher, give him/her a big hug and kiss; say firmly “I love you. I’m leaving now. I will pick you up when school is over.” Then leave quickly. With comfort from the teacher, your child will stop crying in 2-5 minutes. If you are still concerned, please talk to your child’s teacher. She will gladly work with you to help your child adjust to his/her new classmates.