Preschool in Chicago, IL 60657
2817 N Pine Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
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The Mary Meyer School, a fully licensed and NAEYC accredited, nondiscriminatory, independent, not-for-profit school, serving children aged three and four years old. The school offers two class sessions daily, morning and afternoon programs that each accommodate eighteen children under the care of three teachers.
The children learn in an environment of equipment and materials that are used freely and creatively with adult support and guidance. The goal of facilitating social, emotional, physical and cognitive development underlies all activities. The children learn to expect fairness, consistency, affection and respect from teachers, while discovering the joys of mastering skills.
Mary Meyer teachers have welcomed children from throughout Chicago for more than half a century. They understand the importance of a childs first encounter with school. Their experience and commitment are among the schools greatest assets and the reasons why Mary Meyer School has thrived and endured for several generations
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The philosophy of Mary Meyer School is that children learn through play and learn by doing. Via art projects, singing games, storytelling, group activities and dramatic play, teachers work to create an environment where children are engaged and where they feel comfortable and confident.
Although there is surprise and spontaneity in every day, there is also a dependable structure that is reassuring to the children. Each school day is organized to include a stretch of free play; a convivial group conversation called “rug time”; a period for children to carry out daily jobs, like serving as the comforter for children who need cheering up or recording the activities of the day in the classroom journal; a time for independent book time and then an engaging teacher read story; sitting down together for a nutritious snack; and of course playing outside in the schools enclosed playgarden.
While all of the play-based activities are designed to be appropriate to the general age of the students, they are modified throughout the year to meet the evolving desires and interests of each individual child. Like a family, Mary Meyer School stresses the social skills that are necessary for successful group instruction while valuing the uniqueness of each member.
Central to each activity is the desire to help children find joy and satisfaction in reasoning, exploring, experimenting, problem-solving, engaging in creative work, and interacting with their teachers and peers. So much of the school experience — like life — is about day-to-day relationships, in which children should come to expect fairness, affection and respect.