“As a former preschool teacher myself, I was searching for a preschool with a creative hands-on learning curriculum. That is exactly what I found at TLC.” ~ C. Kai
Our trained staff provides an environment that encourages children to explore, experiment and discover their own creative potential, while learning responsible decision-making and age appropriate academics. Our teachers prepare a wide variety of activities for children that are included in a theme-based curriculum aligned with The Illinois Department of Education’s Early Learning Standards. A child is free to explore and discover their own individual pace under the supervision of a lead and assistant teacher.
Learning will take place through a majority of time spent in free choice activities, group activities, and teacher-directed activities.
TLC focuses on fine and gross motor, problem solving, pre-math and pre-literacy skills. Our preschool program fosters a life-long love of learning by making learning fun. Our flexible and stimulating environment is designed to meet each child where they are developmentally, and our curriculum is designed to help each child in the following areas:
- Socially by providing experiences in which each child interacts and learns to respect their friends and teachers;
- Emotionally by helping each child recognize and express feelings in acceptable ways;
- Physically by providing opportunities for children to develop large and small muscle coordination;
- Intellectually by providing creative, hands-on learning opportunities to spark curiosity and develop cognitive and problem solving skills;
- Spiritually by learning about God’s love.
FREE PLAY TIME: Children are encouraged to explore various centers such as the art table, paint easel, block area, manipulative table, housekeeping center, library corner, puppet theatre, listening center, and more. During this time children are free to choose their own activities with the teacher’s guidance and supervision.
CIRCLE TIME: The children are exposed to a variety of activities such as calendar, story time, “Guess and Share” (a show and tell time), singing, creative movement, graphing the children’s ideas, and much more.
QUIET TIME: Children are encouraged to look at books, or listen to music or storybooks at the listening center.
OUTDOOR TIME: Children play outdoors as the weather permits. Outdoor time is a regular part of our program, and includes playground time, outdoor games, and more. In severe weather, active indoor games and large muscle activities are available.
CLEAN UP TIME: Children and teachers work together to put away all materials and equipment at the end of an activity before moving on to the next one.
SNACK TIME: Each day prior to our snack we say or sing a prayer. The school provides water or 100% fruit juice and a nutritious snack to each child. WE ARE A NUT-FREE PRESCHOOL. Please be sure to note any allergies on your child’s health form.