Study units and quality children's literature are used to inspire young writers. The children have many opportunities for modeled, guided, and spontaneous writing activities. All of this is accomplished through incredibly fun and extraordinary excursions. This program has included trips through the solar system, a jungle safari, and a re-enactment of Miss Spider's Tea Party - complete with real tea sets and masks!
Pianist, Joanne Phelan brings her keyboard each week and teaches the children songs with a strong emphasis on singing. She also encourages rhythmic clapping and movement. The materials many times will be sung to familiar tunes with the words changed to relate to animals, nature and seasonal elements. Most of all, Joanne brings musical joy to one and all!
Children are introduced to the world of the Spanish language.
• Numbers • Colors • Fruits • Vegetables • Animals • Songs • Conversation
Young children exposed to a new language absorb it so quickly. Our Montessori students eagerly approach the Spanish language.
During summer camp, our 4-6 year old children have swimming lessons twice a week. Lessons are held at the Recreation Center of Highland Park. It is a lovely facility with a certified swim staff. Of course, our staff will always be present, closely supervising the children. Safety is our #1 concern. Children are instructed by certified lifeguards who help them become comfortable in the water and learn swimming skills. The children's progress is amazing!
Centennial Park has a lovely indoor skating rink with a truly competent staff. Children are taught basic skating skills and progress at their own speed. Every child makes progress!
Our art program is taught using an open-ended approach with flexible art materials allowing the children unlimited opportunities to express themselves. The program covers six basic areas--collage, paint and color mixing, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and art history. Each class features discussion about the process, history, and the possibilities of various media, followed by plenty of time for each child to discover how the materials can work for them. This program culminates in a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marcia Grunsfeld presents yoga to the children guiding them in making children poses imitative of familiar animals. Children develop an awareness and control of their physical body. It is one of our most popular programs!