Our school year runs from the Wednesday after Labor Day to the last week in May before Memorial Day. The preschool will be closed for all major holidays.
Our calendar closely follows that of District 50 (Woodland) and is available on the parent table at the preschool. Monthly calendars of themes and activities will also be available on the parent table outside the classroom.
Please note that calendar dates & times are subject to change throughout the year. Notifications of change will be sent out.
In case of inclement weather, we will follow District 50 in deciding on whether we close or remain open.
A Typical Day at Tiny Treasures
Greeting Time - Children arrive, put personal items away in their cubbies, check in, wash hands, and practice writing their names.
Table Time - Children explore toys and interact with friends and teachers. Children may choose from a variety of table activities.
First Circle Time - Children meet on the rug. Circle time includes prayer and the children taking turns with jobs such as flag holder, counter, calendar, weather, mystery letter and 'yes, I can'.
Guided Free Play - Children will explore areas around the classroom and interact with friends. These might include: dramatic play, blocks, games, puzzles, sensory table, books, art and writing center.
Clean-Up Time - Everyone helps! We put on clean up music to make it fun!
Hand Washing and Snack - We wash hands, sit together and say a prayer before eating a healthy snack. Children clean up their own snack then enjoy "book look" time while waiting for everyone to finish. They choose books to read individually or with a group on the rug.
Second Circle Time - Children gather on the rug for songs, stories and discussion of themes, centers and projects.
Centers - Children rotate in groups to 2 or 3 table activities which may include a craft project, letter and number writing, games, fine motor activities, sensory activities or science exploration.
Large Motor / Music - Children will have the opportunity to use their large and gross motor skills on the playground equipment, in the classroom, or in the gym.
Closing Circle/ Saying Good Bye - Children review the day and sing a good bye song.
Special Events and Field-trips
Chapel Time: Each month our students attend a mini-worship session in the main sanctuary with one of our church pastors. Parents are always welcome to attend. The top left photo show Pastor Erik leading the children in a workshop.
Bookmobile: The children are visited by the Warren-Newport Library Bookmobile each month to foster the love of reading and encourage children to visit their local library.
ExtraCare: We often spend time with the guests of the Alzheimer’s/dementia adult activity ministry that is hosted down the hall at WPC.
Visitors: On occasion we have visitors in the classroom to provide additional insight on a topic the children are exploring. We have had a children's dentist teach about dental health, a firefighter teach about fire safety, and high school students sharing information about recycling. We always welcome ideas and connections to people who would want to present about a topic to the children.
Parents: are encouraged to help out in the classroom and attend holiday parties to celebrate their child. We welcome both regular, weekly parent volunteers as well as parents helping out for a special event such as a holiday party.
Special Events: Each year we try to do several different types of community events for parents and children. In 2017/2018 we had a Literacy Workshop, a Parenting Program and a Winter Wonderland Boutique for children.
Field trips: We schedule field trips throughout the year to enrich the learning experience and have some fun! Parents will be asked to sign a permission slip and will need to drive their child to and from the field trip location. Previous field trips include Kroll's Farm in October as seen to in the bottom right photo.
Mission Projects: Each year we try to do mission projects to help the local community and teach the values of charity, kindness, generosity, and love. We have helped support PADS Lake County, Busy Bee Day Care in Waukegan, Bernie's Book Bank, and Feed My Starving Children .