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Harper College Child Learning Center

1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

(847) 925-6262


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The curriculum is based on the philosophy that young children learn through active exploration in an environment which is rich in materials and opportunities to converse, socialize, work, play and negotiate with others.
The classrooms are planned to encourage curiosity, exploration and problem solving in an atmosphere of warmth, affection and respect for each child.
Teachers plan experiences based on children's interests and appropriate educational concepts.
Children may work individually or collaboratively, and may choose whether or not to participate in a project. Children are actively involved in experiences which include foundations of math, science, social studies, creative art, language arts, music, movement and dramatic play.
All interrelated aspects of the child's growth and development are considered — intellectual, social, emotional, physical and creative.
Activities, experiences and teacher-child interactions are constantly being measured and evaluated in terms of the following programs goals.
To provide an atmosphere which encourages within each child:
Development of a positive self-concept
Respect for the individuality and rights of others
Positive ways of interacting with peers and adults
Acceptance and expression of both positive and negative feelings
Growth of independence and self-sufficiency
Growth of creative thinking and problem solving
Cognitive growth and development
Emergent literacy development
Small and large muscle development "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

9 - 9:30 A.M. Large motor outdoor play
9:30 - 9:45 A.M. Circle Time
9:45 - 10:45 A.M. Free play
10:45 - 10:50 A.M. Clean-up
10:50 - 11:05 A.M. Music/Story/Language
11:05 - 11:20 A.M. Wash hands/Healthy snack
11:20 - 11:30 A.M. Buddy Bear story/Saying goodbye
1 - 1:30 P.M. Large motor outdoor play
1:30 - 1:45 P.M. Circle Time
1:45 - 2:45 P.M. Free play
2:45 - 2:50 P.M. Clean-up
2:50 a.m. - 3:05 P.M. Music/Story/Language
3:05 - 3:20 P.M. Wash hands/Healthy snack
3:20 - 3:30 P.M. Buddy Bear story/Saying goodbye
Excerpted from the preschool's website