Welcome to the Early Childhood/Preschool Directors blog for the Northern Illinois Lutheran School District.
This blog is to be used as a resource, support system, and networking tool for directors.
The blog will be updated monthly. May God richly bless your ministry.
April Network Meetings
A few school snap shots...
April 14: St. John, Darien
April 28: Christ the Rock, Rockford
in Motion” at Judson College June 21 – 24.Kindergarten through 8th grade
ExcitingEarly Childhood Program Notes:
Huntley:2.5 Million dollar addition was
recently approbed to include an expanded narthex,lower level kitchen, smaller upstairs
kitchen, meeting room, elevators, bathrooms,classroom improvements.
Belvidere- Great community outreach
event in March 2016 with bringing in children’s author Marc Brown.Over 600 people in attendance for the church
and community.The event took place in
the sanctuary so the community could feel comfortable and welcome in this space.
the Rock, Rockford-“Sockfest”:Socks were collected by both the preschool
and church as a unified mission project.A goal of 500 pairs of socks were surpassed with over 800 pairs being
collected.A “Silly Socks Sunday”
celebrated this mission project and everyone from the school and church were
invited to wear their “Silly Socks” to church.It was a well received project by both the church and school.
Lutheran:A building project is nearing
completion.It will house a media center
and multipurpose room in the Jr./Sr. High building. It is slated to open in the
fall of 2016.Students from the high
school recently made some sweet treats for the construction workers as a way of
thanking them for their hard work.
Suggested topics for 2016 – 2017 NID
EC Network meetings:
Laws and Updated pertaining to ECE in Illinois
and Other Related Health Issues
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)Ideas/Resources:
1.Check in with your local public
schools.Many of them are emphasizing
the need for students to be more socially-emotionally ready for kindergarten
and above.They are finding many students
being more stressed out with many of today’s curriculum goals and standards.
2.Share lists of kindergarten readiness
skills with parents which are written from a Developmentally Appropriate
3.Talk about DAP and why we are
practicing it in our schools.
4.Post DAP activities in your hallways
and list/explain standards which correspond to them.
5.Check out the ELEA “Play with a
Purpose” site for ideas.You might need
to be a member to use this site, though.