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Early childhood

Children age 3, 4 and 5 learn through structured activities and free play in a stimulating, caring environment.

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Preschool (age 3 by September 1)


Coming to school is a big step for three-to-four-year-olds. For many children it is their first opportunity to spend significant time in a structured setting outside the home or the presence of a familiar caregiver. Grace’s preschool program offers children a warm, welcoming environment where they grow in confidence and self-awareness.

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Preschoolers learn in many ways:
    •    Children build, touch, count, learn letters, sing, and converse.
    •    Children participate in free play, small-group activities, and whole-group listening.
    •    Children eat together, play outside, and practice self-care activities such as getting dressed and helping with clean-up.
    •    Children learn how to make friends and how to be a friend.
    •    Children learn that God loves and cares for each of us and together we praise and worship God.

Junior Kindergarten (age 4 by September 1)


Explore and more! Junior Kindergarten is a time for four-to-five-year-olds to enjoy all the new experiences school can provide and grow physically, academically, socially and spiritually.


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JK students at Grace find joy in days filled with learning and new discoveries:
    •    Participate in opportunities for self-expression, problem-solving, building relationships and making decisions.
    •    Learn skills for letter and number recognition, phonics, science, math and writing
    •    Experience music, physical education and fine arts
    •    Expand social skills: sharing, cooperation, and good sportsmanship
    •    Talk about how much God loves us and hear Bible stories, sing and pray together.

Senior Kindergarten (age 5 by September 1)


Eager to learn everything! Senior kindergartners are curious by nature, energetic beyond belief, and excited about learning. Through social interactions, children experience cause-and-effect and learn to make choices and plans. 

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Senior kindergarten students practice life and learning skills in everything they do:
    •    The senior kindergarten classroom allows for hands-on discovery, interaction with peers and with the environment, and guided instruction from teachers.
    •    Students learn through investigation, observation, movement, and interactions with peers and teachers.
    •    Free-choice activities at the beginning of the day allow the teacher to spend individual time focusing on each child’s specific needs and strengths.
    •    Students participate in music, art, and gross-motor activities.
    •    Language arts instruction includes individualized work in pre-reading and reading skills.
    •    Students learn that they are uniquely created children of God and that Jesus’ love for them is constant and never-ending.

 

Flexible options for Early Childhood

Class Time Days
Preschool 8:15–11:30am 3 days (M-W-F), 2 days (T-Th), or 5 days
Junior kindergarten (JK) 8:15–11:30am Monday through Friday
Senior kindergarten (SK) 8:15–11:30am Monday through Friday
JK and SK afternoon 11:30am–3pm 1–5 days per week 

 

7300 Division Street | River Forest, IL 60305 | (708) 366-6900