We know that children learn best by doing. Every opportunity will be given to present concepts so our students can learn from experience and internalize their knowledge and discoveries. We believe that values of self-esteem, love, faith, hope, caring, sharing, forgiveness, honesty, and responsibility can be woven into all of our daily activities.
By highlighting Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, recognizing the Multiple Intelligences in Early Childhood, emphasizing the importance of Music and the Arts, Partnering with Families, and incorporating in Cognitive Based experiences, St.Paul's Guiding Light Preschool curriculum exceeds the criteria for the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.
We offer a program that promotes a lifetime of JOY in learning. Our students thrive when given the opportunity to explore, research, design, invent, and lead.
We promise to do all that we can to help set our students up for success and assist them in developing their strengths at a pace consistent with their given talents. We follow the child. This means that as they reveal their own interests and gifts, an individualized program is developed around each of them. Our goal is to guide our students so that they can clearly see themselves as being perfectly unique, wonderfully made, dearly loved, children of God.
Manipulatives to encourage
logical & mathematical understanding
Open-ended art and creative projects to explore different mediums for self-expression
Geography to share the wonder of the world as God's children
Grace & Courtesy Lessons
Alphabet sounds become words-
words become sentences-
and sentences become stories
Activities and materials to build independence, concentration, a strong sense of order, and fine motor control
Quiet reflection & Self regulation
Passage of time
Zoology to respect all creatures big & small
Botony & Conservation
Sensorial activities to interpret our environment
Gardening, nutrition, & healthy snack preparation
Budding leadership skills
Outdoor play &
Large motor activities
Bible verses, prayer, & joyful worship
Community Service Projects to be the hands and feet of Jesus