Monday and Friday Mornings
9:00 - 11:00
2 years old by September 1st

Our Just for Me Two program is a 2-day a week program for children age 2 (by September 1st.) Typically, it is hard for our littlest learners to understand why a parent or caregiver can come to class on some days but not others, and it can disrupt the progress of indepence in the classroom. For these reasons, we do not have parents in the classroom at this age (unlike our 3's and 4's classrooms). However, we absolutely offer the opportunity to stay in the classroom in the beginning of the school year if that is what is best for the child to transition to school!

Our Just for Me Two program is designed to support an early learner through the use of predictable routines and age appropriate materials. This class has a high focus on the social and emotional development of the child. Focus for this class is in the area of socialization, exploration and independence!

Our Just for Me Two program exceeds the DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) adult to child ratio of 1:8 by providing three certified Early Childhood teachers in the classroom each day for a maximum of 16 children.

For snack, parents are requested to provide a fruit and a drink for all students on a rotating basis, while HCP provides the dry goods. Parents are invited to help their child make a smooth start to each day. They may guide their child through steps to hang their belongings, wash hands, and select learning materials. Many parents establish a routine to help make the transition smooth and predictable for their child (for example, choose and read a story together or participate in an art project before parting).

All classroom cabinets, tables, and seating are child sized and labeled/designed to encourage independence. The teachers plan an interactive curriculum and prepare the classroom to support natural curiosity, exploration and investigation. In this environment, children are able to freely move about and self-select materials that capture their interest. For instance, art activities are open-ended and process based in which children explore a variety of materials such as paint, brushes, glue, and play dough. They will create their own artistic expression rather than replicating a teacher model. The teachers facilitate interactions among peers and meet each child's needs with regard to their individual learning stage. Parents receive teacher's lesson plans and reflection of the class on a weekly basis via e-mail. The classroom is organized to incorporate all developmental domains of learning. Fine motor, language development, cognition (pre-reading and pre-math), self-help and social-emotional skills are practiced in each area of the room. Children may choose from some of the following play-based learning centers:
  • Sensory Table ( water, pasta and other sensory materials),
  • Block area, Dramatic Play, Literacy Corner,
  • Science Table, Manipulative/Puzzle Area,
  • Process-based Art Center, and a
  • Fine Motor/Writing Table- free art and writing
At the end of the free-exploration time, children and staff work together to clean-up and replace materials in their assigned places. A brief circle time is part of the daily routine (building in length as the group becomes familiar with the routine and materials). This is a time for the group to enjoy songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, instruments and literacy. The teachers introduce this structured time and guide the students to have success and participate at their own comfort and developmental level. Gross motor/outdoor play is also an essential element in the Just for Me Two curriculum and is provided daily as weather permits. Music is incorporated in all of our circle time activities on a daily basis.

Peek at a typical day:

  • Arrival
  • Free Choice time - Play Based Learning Centers, Art Activities, Teacher Directed Activities
  • Circle time - Songs, Finger Plays, Rhyme Time
  • Snack
  • Large Motor Play - Outdoors
  • Movement and Music
  • Story, Finger play, Songs
  • Dismissal


If you are interested in attending our Just for Me Two program, would like to visit a class, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact the director at [email protected] or the registrar at [email protected] or call the school at 630-325-7484.


Upcoming Events

April

Thursday, April 21st
Picture Day

May

Monday, May 2
Tuition for 2022-2023 School Year Due

Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm
Mandatory Parent Meeting & Advisory Board Meeting 2022-2023 Board Voted In

Monday-Friday, May 16-20
Last Week of Enrichment Classes

Sunday, May 15 3:30pm
End of Year School Event – HCP Garden

Monday, May 23
JFMT– Last Day of School

Thursday, May 26
Junior/Senior Classes – Last Day of School

Wednesday, June 1, 7-9pm
Parents Furniture Move Out Party – All Parents Welcome
See additional events in the
For Parents
section.





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