Des Plaines Park District

Creative Corners

2017-2018 School Year

Tuesday, September 5, 2017–Friday, May 11, 2018

Come grow with us!
Creative Corners Preschool is expanding to meet your needs.
We have preschool classes for ages 2–5.
Children must be 2, 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017

Check out our summer programs:
Creative Corners Summer Camp
Spanish Preschool Summer Camp


Registration for 2017–2018 is in progress.

  • Parent Orientation: Tuesday August 29 6:00-7:30pm
  • Teacher Meet & Greet: Wednesday August 30 10:00am-noon

To take advantage of our Monthly Payment Plan,
please register in person at the Leisure Center.
Map and directions to the Leisure Center
Registration forms
Register online

We offer a variety of classes that provide both flexibility in scheduling and unique curricula designed to maximize your child’s academic achievement.

The Creative Corners Preschool Program provides each child with a quality early childhood experience by creating an atmosphere where children can grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually, through an engaging and exploratory curriculum. Our team uses the Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards in their teaching of academic skills to build a strong foundation, achieve benchmarks, and school-readiness.

Classrooms 108 & 110 have SMART Technology available: SMART Boards, SMART Tables and iPads. We continue to add technology features to our classrooms. These tools allow us to incorporate hands-on approach when teaching classroom concepts, and the technology offers more opportunities for your child to grow as a 21st Century Learner.

 

Download a PDF of the Creative Corners Preschool 2017–2018 Program Guide.

Lunch Bunch Afternoon Extension Options

Noon–1:00p
or
Noon–2:00p

Download the Creative Corners Lunch Bunch 2017-2018

THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM

The preschool classroom is divided into several centers designed to encourage learning through exploration, investigation, and problem solving. In order to effectively stimulate and motivate children’s curiosity, some centers stay constant, while the presentation of others will vary.

 Circle time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans, and observations. Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters’ thinking, enrich their social skills and expand their attention spans.

Gross-motor activities give children the opportunity to use their muscles—as well as their imaginations—as they engage in fun, healthy exercises, such as running, jumping and climbing. We also plan time for physical activity that encourages play in our gymnasium or interactive playground.

Fine-motor activities help improve small-muscle development and eye-hand coordination. Some common items found in the fine-motor/manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons and scissors.

Art activities help youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.

Dramatic-play activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary and solve problems. And, well, dramatic play is just plain fun!

Music activities promote youngsters’ listening skills, creative expression, and social skills. In music, children can explore sound, volume, tempo, and rhythm.

Science activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation.

Sand and water activities allow youngsters to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science and language.

Block play gives children experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect, and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted in block play.

Story time is designed to help youngsters develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, and also expand their knowledge base.