Every child is curious and our goal is to provide a learning environment that nurtures your child’s natural curiosity and wonder.
Beginning with our three- and four-year-olds, students are given opportunities to socialize and play, developing skills to build friendships and grow as valued members in a safe and inclusive community.
The FXW Preschool philosophy is to facilitate learning in developmentally appropriate ways. With teacher guidance, our youngest students delve into a wide range of experiential topics that they then investigate through long-term projects and themes, such as visiting the doctor’s office, going to the grocery store, friendship building and practicing mindfulness.
FXW’s Preschool Program uses NAEYC guidelines and Illinois Early Learning Standards.
We believe in:
- Play as the foundation for all learning
- The importance of social and emotional development with an emphasis on relationships, self-regulation, and initiative
- Nurturing growth mindset and sense of belonging in the community of the classroom
- Modeling and fostering the development of empathy and compassion to enhance relationships
- Teaching critical thinking skills through discussing, questioning and exploring
- Providing choices to foster motivation to learn and to experience the joy of learning
- Building body awareness by strengthening gross motor and fine motor muscles
- Supporting the religious and spiritual faith of all children through prayer and music
- Encouraging self-help skills to build independence and pride
- Child readiness for learning with sensitivity to individual differences and needs
- Partnering with parents to establish goals in order to support and nurture children’s development
FXW teachers know that the best learning happens when a lesson sparks children’s interest and strengthens their curiosity and self-motivation. Together, we work to provide an environment that fosters a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.
“The FXW teachers and staff put tremendous effort into turning an impossible situation into something that felt possible as a way to end the school year. We will forever be grateful for their dedication to learning and their support of our child during this challenging time.” – Jen Borchard, Preschool Parent
During Learning off Campus (LoC), FXW strives to provide a virtual learning environment based on research with special consideration for how young students learn and develop. We ask families, to the best of their ability, to follow a predictable schedule, that is flexible and easily managed as a family. Teachers may give a copy of their classroom schedules for reference and students should engage in indoor and outdoor play, LoC activities, regular meal and snack times and rest. Teachers will offer synchronous meetings through MS Teams with small groups throughout the week. FXW uses Seesaw which is a digital portfolio platform to use with students in Preschool through Grade 4 selfcontained classrooms and specials classes.
In preschool, 10-15-minute activities will be provided for each of the following content areas: Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Social Emotional, Early Literacy, and Math.
For students in Preschool, teachers will provide feedback on learning activities throughout the week. Because synchronous experiences will occur at varying times daily, the windows for feedback will vary classroom to classroom.