With its play-based philosophy and “whole child” approach to learning, Pilgrim’s Early Childhood Education Program is designed to be exceptional. But don’t just take our word for it. Once again, Pilgrim’s PreKindergarten has been named as “Best of Chicago” – having previously earned the distinction in 2018.
Each year, the “Best of Chicago” Awards are given to local schools and businesses based both on the recommendations of people in the community and third-party data. The Chicago Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of organizations that make the Chicago area a great place to live, work and play.
“Our teachers and staff are determined to engage each early childhood and pre-Kindergarten student, and make them feel safe and valued as individuals,” says Pilgrim School Principal Chris Comella. “We deliberately keep our early childhood class sizes small and ensure that every student is supported in achieving his or her own developmentally-appropriate goals.”
Since there is no “one size fits all” approach to learning, Pilgrim offers Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students ample free time each day to explore and develop their unique interests. Other distinctive components of a Pilgrim Early Childhood Education include:
Themed-based activities that help children to learn about their world
Regular social-emotional exercises focused on growing social skills, and identifying and dealing with feelings
Spanish language instruction utilizing songs, stories, and puppets
Exposure to the fine arts through music and art lessons
Faith Formation with a focus on grace.
“Pilgrim’s approach to Early Childhood Education inspires children to grow, learn, and be leaders in every facet of their lives,” says Comella. “Receiving the 2021 ‘Best of Chicago’ Award is an honor, and kudos are due to our teachers and staff for making ‘Academic Excellence with a Heart’ a reality!”
Pilgrim is still accepting applications from prospective students for the remainder of this school year, as well as for 2022-23.
Last Sunday’s block party was an amazing celebration of community! We were blessed to gather in beautiful weather, and enjoy the fellowship of school families, church members, Hot Meals guests, and our gracious neighbors. Kids enjoyed bouncing down the giant inflatable slide, feeding adorable animals in the petting zoo, and – or course – taking their turns on the dunk tank seat! The grown-ups in the crowd relaxed with burgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill, and took in the tuneful sounds of the talented St. Jams Band. It was certainly an afternoon to remember. And, we give an extra-loud shoutout to our many dedicated volunteers, who pulled together to make sure everyone could have a joyous time!
“I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” – Jenny Han
Yesterday was indeed a day of beginnings for Pilgrim students! They waved goodbye to parents, reunited with friends, and walked to their classrooms with a mix of excitement, anticipation – and maybe a bit of nervousness.
The first day of school holds inherent promise. Achievements will be earned in both academics and athletics. Students will grow in character and spirit. New interests and talents will be discovered.
During this week of beginnings, we’re grateful to welcome the entire Pilgrim student body back to the classroom for full-time, in-person instruction – after last year’s Covid mitigations required changes to protect health and safety. We give thanks for the resiliency of our students, teachers, and staff during a time that was challenging for all.
After taking a brief summer break, we plan to update our blog regularly with news, stories, profiles, and tips that will give you an inside look at the many ways in which Pilgrim Lutheran embodies academic excellence with a heart. We look forward to the 2021-22 school year with hope and enthusiasm. Please join us on this journey!
You’ve probably heard that Pilgrim offers “Academic Excellence with a Heart” – and part of our “heart” is helping students develop the social and emotional management skills that will help them succeed both in the classroom and later in life.
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