Irving Park 773.281.0980 Belmont 773.270.4696

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Belmont Programs

Our unique center provides a safe and engaging environment where children are encouraged to explore and be creative. Within this setting, we are able to offer a variety of interactive and challenging activities that encourage each child’s exploration. We provide each child with a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is based on the DCFS guidelines and State and City licensing requirements. Lesson plans for each classroom are developed through the children’s interests and capabilities. We try to meet every child individually at their own level and encourage them to advance to a higher level of understanding.

Parents receive daily reports from teachers about class activities and about how their child is progressing. All parents are encouraged to visit the classroom and teachers throughout the school year, to review their child’s progress and to learn more about the school’s programs. The staff is always available to help during this dynamic and exciting stage in your child’s life.

We provide a healthy breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch and a snack after nap. We are a peanut and tree nut free school. All meals are catered through Sprout Scouts which serves organic and locally grown ingredients. All meals are peanut/tree nut free.

TWO YEAR OLD’S

Children in the 2-year-old program are exploring the world around them. Goals for this age group fall into four categories: social/emotional, self-help, physical and cognitive.

Each day begins with a circle time gathering, where children greet each other, talk about weather and discuss other significant events The months of the year and days of the week are reviewed on a daily basis. The children participate in organized activities, either one-on-one or in small groups, and have many opportunities for free play.

Preschool (3 year old’s)

Children in our Preschool program are actively involved in meeting new friends and discovering the world around them. They learn basic social and emotional skills and beginning academic skills. Our curriculum is thematically oriented with projects encompassing each special theme.

Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 year old’s)

Children in the Pre-Kindergarten class are ready for more challenging and structured activities. The teachers in the Pre-K class provide the children with essential tools for early literacy skills and build their curriculum around their interests.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Cooking

In our weekly cooking class, children will have the opportunity to create nut-free meals and prepare a variety of healthy foods. Counting and measurement skills will be encouraged, self-help skills will be cultivated, and children will engage in their own hypotheses about their creations. Much of the actions will revolve around the executive functioning skills of planning, listening, sharing, negotiating, turn-taking, and reflecting.

Yoga

Our weekly yoga and movement class is designed for children to play and use their imaginations, along with incorporating ways for them to reduce stress, increase focus and confidence, and get in shape.  We believe starting a yoga practice early in life gets children moving and stretching, aids in the development of self-regulation tools, and encourages them to live a life of wellness and health long-term.

Spanish

Our weekly Spanish lessons will allow your child to gain appreciation and acceptance of the diverse society we live in at an early age. The most important thing to know is that no language is easier to learn for your child than another language. Research shows that children below the age of 10 have a unique ability to absorb a foreign language like a sponge, and to build a foundation in a new language alongside their primary language.

Computer Classes

Preschool and Pre-K enjoy computer classes once a week. Children will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of lessons involving math, science and literacy skills using computer software designed to teach young children. Children will gain exposure to learning their shapes, colors, numbers and letters, along with many other cognitive skills while learning how to manipulate a computer and gain technology skills.