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Messiah Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten

25225 West Ivanhoe Road
Wauconda, IL 60084

(847) 526-7479


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We offer preschool for children ages 2 through 5; an extended day Kindergarten; full day care for children ages 3 through 5 and before and after school care for K through 5th grade.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Play with an educational purpose is our goal. We engage children in learning through play; encourage and support child directed education; and plan experiences to engage all learning styles and support development across all developmental domains.

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 We also encourage social and emotional growth through peer interactions and modeling. Our children enjoy spiritual development in the classroom and in special Jesus times each month with pastors and other spiritual leaders in the church.

From the Director:

Our NAEYC acccredited school follows a play based approach to learning that includes well qualified teachers who design environments conducive to exploration and engaging learning activities and provide support to encourage deeper levels of discovery and skill development.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our low student teacher ratios provide ample opportuntities for individual attention and support. Each child is met at their current level and is encouraged to continue growing and learning at a comfortable pace.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Messiah Lutheran Preschool offers a child-centered developmentally appropriate preschool program. Our goal is to meet the needs of each child on an individual basis in a warm, loving, Christian atmosphere. Our aim is to provide a learning environment rich in discovery and experience"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

A typical day will include whole group time, an extended time for play at the classroom centers set up by the teachers, snack, outdoor play, songs and stories. Each day will include some individual and small group experiences along with whole group activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Families receive daily reports from teachers along with monthly newsletters and calendars. Bimonthly director newsletters are also provided. Parent/teacher conferences are held twice each school year. Email notifications are sent regularly. An emergency phone notification system is also in place.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children experiencing any difficulties are supported through cooperative efforts determined by the teachers and families involved. Providing individual attention and support to assist each child is our goal.