Preschool in Westmont, IL 60559
6551 S Cass Ave Ste B
Westmont, IL 60559
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Helen Hochstetter’s Peter Pan Early Learning Center of Westmont is conveniently located in the Falcon Plaza, just south of 63rd Street, on Cass Avenue. Our school is nestled in a peaceful Westmont neighborhood, with bright and spacious rooms within.
Our unique “Village Room” consists of five special mini-rooms ~ sized just for kids and filled with dramatic play equipment that sets their imaginations free! Children have the opportunity to: become a carpenter in our “Busy Builders” shop; bake a cake or cookies in our “Sweet Delites” bakery; become the cashier or go shopping in our “Village Market”; create a new image in “Lets Dress Up”; or care for their furry friends in “Pets at the Vet”. In addition, there are shelves filled with educational games and toys ~ plus an entire area dedicated to childrens gross motor development. Each class is given a scheduled time to explore the room each day. This brightly colored room is an excellent place for the children to enhance their learning, creatively express themselves, and interact socially.
Our spacious outdoors provide the children with two wonderful play yards! The first outdoor classroom is a covered play space where the children can get outside for fresh air and outdoor activities and be completely protected from all of the various weather elements. The second space, our backyard, spans the width of our center. This play yard has full sun exposure and is filled with climbers, play houses, riding toys, and a sandbox for the children to enjoy. Another special area we have included in our sunny backyard is our “Learning Garden”. Each year we have a wide variety of vegetables and flowers growing in our garden. The children learn about each plant and monitor it’s growth and development. As the children tend the garden ~ watering and weeding ~ they develop a true sense of pride in “their garden”. The children “work” and learn in their garden from early spring all the way through late fall.
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All of our schools offer well balanced, traditional preschool programs ~ incorporating the academic enrichment todays child is longing for, with the free play that is equally important for their development.
Our curriculum is carefully researched and planned by our curriculum specialists ~ incorporating ideas from a wide variety of early childhood philosophies, manuals, and resources.
It is developmentally appropriate for young children, integrating their needs, interests, and abilities ~ while focusing on the whole child. We provide an ideal environment, with developmentally appropriate equipment and activities, that enhance each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
Academic areas covered include language, emergent reading skills, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Our curriculum provides each child an opportunity to learn by doing ~ to develop an active curiosity about the world they live in, and to encourage an enthusiasm for learning.