What’s cool about Preschool at Ray?
- Students are learning the foundations of reading, about stories, their own and other peoples, fiction and non-fiction.
- Students learn about writing: how it works, what it’s used for, and how to do their own writing.
- Science topics include plants, especially trees, animals, fabric, wood & paper, concepts in chemistry and physics, nature, and the scientific method (observation, recording observations, recording changes, experimentation, etc.).
- Math includes number recognition, understanding and manipulating quantity including adding and subtracting, and the foundations of algebra, measurement, geometry and data collection .
- Social Sciences include our neighborhood, cultures around the world, and learning to get along with others.
- Art, music and movement are all important parts of our program.
- Projects: students decide what they’d like to learn about and go through the process of exploration, inquiry, and documentation of their learning.
Ray has three half-day, play-based preschool classrooms. Play-based means we understand that children learn best when they are emotionally engaged in their learning and have some control over what they do and learn. We follow the teaching principles mapped out by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and their road map, Developmentally Appropriate Practice .
Preschool is open for children aged 3 or 4 by September 1. To apply, contact the Early Childhood Dept. of Chicago Public Schools at 773-553-2010 or see http://www.cps.edu/Schools/EarlyChildhood/Pages/EarlyChildhood.aspx
Click this link to see the 2014-15 Parent Handbook for Ready to Learn: