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Playmates Preschool

2000 E College Ave
Normal, IL 61761

(309) 862-3216


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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our preschool is a place for children to enjoy, learn, investigate, live, grow, play, think and experience. We focus on the child's self-concept, language development, sensory-motor development, fine and gross motor development and social and emotional growth.
Our goals for your children include:
to know they are loved by God.
to learn about him/herself and to gain a self-identity.
to learn to adapt to basic rules.
to learn to function outside the family unit.
to sharpen fine motor skills.
to acquire more self-control.
to become more self-reliant and independent.
to expand use and understanding of language.
to learn to get along with adults and other children.
to acquire knowledge of the symbols and concepts of culture.
to acquire concepts of numbers, space and time.
to learn to respond to new situations with confidence and inner satisfaction.
to increase their attention span.
to enjoy a positive school environment.
to feel loved.
to have fun! "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Throughout the school year you will receive monthly calendars and newsletters to keep you abreast of daily happenings in your child's class. Use this information to prepare your child for each day's events and when you pick him/her up to discuss the day's events.
Each day offers a child a variety of activities, both structured and unstructured. A typical day includes time for circle time, free exploration, story, arts and crafts, snack and fine and gross motor activities."
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year