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A Mothers Touch Llc

8300 N Greenwood Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

(847) 823-1020


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission is to provide a safe and loving place where a child can grow and develop at his/her own pace. A place where babies are rocked and cuddled, where toddlers are free to explore and learn from their experiences and where preschoolers can paint, laugh, play, and making lasting friendships. By providing your child with opportunities to explore, experiment, and have meaningful social interactions with others, we foster independence, which leads to higher self-esteem and self-knowledge.
We believe in the importance of school and home working together. Our belief is a child's parents are their best educator. Our center provides communication to parents and many opportunities for parent involvement. These include:
Open door policy
Family and child mailboxes
Open house
Volunteer opportunities
Grandparent's day
Holiday show
In-school celebrations
Kindergarten graduation "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

The basic needs of feeding, diaper changing, and putting children to sleep are priority in the room. The other important part of their day is adult to child interaction, sensory play, art, music and movement, stories, finger plays, and buggy walks.
6:30-8:00 Arrival / Free choice
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Circle time / Clean up
9:00-10:00 Outside / Gym
(9:30 Diaper changes)
10:00-10:30 Snack
10:30-11:15 Art / Sensory / Manipulative
11:15-11:30 Circle time
11:30-12:00 Lunch
(11:45 Diaper changes)
12:00-12:30 Music and movement
12:30-3:00 Nap
(2:45 Diaper changes)
3:00-3:15 Snack
3:15-4:15 Art / Sensory
4:15-4:30 Circle time
4:30-5:00 Outside / Gym
5:00-6:00 Free choice
(5:00 Diaper changes)
2's Crew
6:30-8:00 Arrival / Free choice activities
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Morning Circle Time
8:45-9:30 Sensory table, games, dramatic play
(9:00 Diapers / potty)
9:30-10:00 Gym
10:00-10:15 Snack
10:15-11:30 Art, sensory table, small group activities
(11:00 diapers, potty)
11:30-11:45 Clean up and get ready for circle time
11:45-12:00 Setup lunch, read stories, sing songs, puppets, etc.
12:00-12:30 Lunch (teachers ready room for nap)
12:30-3:00 Nap with soft music
(children each get books from library for nap)
3:00-3:30 Snack
(diapers, potty)
3:30-4:00 Gym
4:00-5:00 Projects, cooking, free choice activities
5:00-5:30 Music & movement, songs
5:30-6:00 Quite table toys, limited choice activities, home time
6:00-? Teachers clean up & sanitize room, prepare room for morning
Preschool 1
6:30-8:00 Arrival / Free choice activities
Children are free to choose from various interest areas including dramatic play, puzzles, table toys, blocks, and books. This allows them to make decisions on their own.
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Free choice continued
9:00-9:15 Clean Up
Children learn respect for their toys and the importance of putting them back in the proper place. it helps them cooperate with others.
9:15-9:45 Circle Time
Group discussion focusing on the days activities. This is also time for calendar, weather, sign language, Spanish, and music and movement.
9:45-10:00 Bathroom and wash hands
Children begin to form habits that will help them prevent illness. Washing hands after using the bathroom and before eating is very important.
10:00-10:15 Snack
Sitting to eat together is a friendly social activity.
10:15-10:30 Large motor
Children exercise their large muscles as they play and socialize with friends outdoor or in the gymnasium.
10:30-12:00 Small Group Activities
Art, games, table toys, dramatic play, blocks, puzzles, sensory. Children are split into small groups. They can experiment in art with many different mediums. Non-competitive games are played. A variety of interest areas are available. The children are free to choose as they wish.
12:00-12:15 Clean up and bathroom break
12:15-12:45 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Nap time
3:00-3:30 Bathroom break / Put cots away / Look at books
3:30-3:45 Snack time
3:45-4:00 Story time
4:00-4:30 Large motor
4:30-5:15 Small group activities
Cooking, science, art, games, table toys, dramatic play, blocks, puzzles, sensory
5:15-5:30 Clean up
5:30-6:00 Quite activities
Coloring, looking at books, puzzles
Preschool 2
7:00-8:00 Free choice activities
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 News of the day
9:00-9:30 Morning meeting/Morning message
9:30-10:00 Snack / Bathroom
10:00-11:00 Curriculum activities
11:00-12:00 Outside/Gym
12:00-12:15 Bathroom/Prepare for lunch
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Nap
2:45-3:00 Wake up/Bathroom
3:00-3:30 Music and movement
3:30-4:00 Snack/Bathroom
4:00-4:30 Sign Language
4:30-5:30 Outside
5:30-6:00 Afternoon meeting
9:00-9:20 Morning Circle time
9:20-9:45 Snack
9:45-10:00 Phonics / Literacy
10:00-10:20 Social Studies
10:20-11:15 Learning Centers
11:15-11:30 Clean up / Bathroom Break
11:30-12:00 Recess
12:00-12:20 Story time
12:20-3:00 Lunch / Bathrooms / Nap
3:00-3:15 Individual wake up
3:15-3:40 Journals / Handwriting
3:40-4:00 Music / Movement
4:00-4:15 Snack
4:15-5:00 Free choice centers
5:00 Combine with Kindergarten
5:15-6:00 Recess / Ready for home "
Excerpted from the preschool's website