Welcome to Little Roaring Rebel Preschool
Little Roaring Rebels Preschool provides skills-based learning experiences to enhance our youngest learners' social, emotional, academic, and spiritual development. Your child’s educational experience begins here, and we know how important it is for them to have a positive first-time classroom experience. We incorporate Christian values necessary to prepare young minds for lifelong learning.
2-Day, 3-Day and 5-Day Half-Day 7:20AM - 10:45AM
2-Day, 3-Day and 5-Day Full-Day 7:20AM - 2:00PM
After School Care is also available.
7:00AM – 7:20AM – Morning Drop-Off
After 7:20AM: Please park, walk your child in, and sign him/her in at the school office.
10:45AM – Dismissal for ½ day students
1:55PM – Dismissal for full day students
After school care available until 6pm.
Tuition & Fees
The preschool classrooms follow Illinois Early Childhood Standards as well as a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The educational standards will be incorporated into the daily routines of each room. The preschool curriculum includes language arts, science, math, religion, art, music, and fine motor skill development. Preschoolers are taught through learning centers and games that introduce new concepts and engage their imaginations and quest for knowledge.
GROUP TIME: This is a period of 15–25 minutes that serves as a vehicle for teaching a wide variety of curriculum, including finger plays, nursery rhymes, stories, games, the calendar, counting, the weather, songs, oral language, and discussions focused on the current topic/theme.
STATIONS/CENTERS: During station/centers, the children will work in small groups on an activity or task that is teacher-directed. The children will rotate through all the stations/centers. Our stations cover activities in language arts, science, math, social studies, religion, and art.
INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES: During centers, the children may choose their own activities and work individually or in small groups. This time is vital for social growth and the development of skills that encourage independent learners. Centers include areas that address math, letter recognition, science exploration, skills of dexterity, problem solving, reading, art, and simulated life experiences.
HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS®: We use the Handwriting Without Tears® program for our 4-year-old students. Handwriting Without Tears' research-based approach to early learning ensures students learn critical skills in writing and letter formation that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Handwriting Without Tears® helps children learn to write letters. The program addresses all types of learners, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. It helps improve fine motor skills, letter formation, spatial awareness, and body awareness.
RELIGION: Religion is integrated into our everyday activities. The children are taught prayers for the beginning of the day, snack time, lunchtime, and at the end of the day. Our religious education program aims to help children know God and learn Christian values through Bible stories, prayer, and role modeling. Our preschool classroom is a faith community—one that shares, loves, cares, helps, and prays.
ART: We use a variety of materials so the children may experience cutting, gluing, coloring, and painting. Art may also be used for instructive purposes such as the identification of shapes, learning to follow oral directions, sequencing steps, and learning various skills such as cutting and gluing. Activities are geared to the child’s level and focused more on the process of creation than the final project.
MATH: The preschool math curriculum uses games, hands-on activities, songs, and exploration to teach counting, number recognition, shapes, patterns, sorting, comparing quantities and sizes, non-standard measurement, and developing a sense of time.
MUSIC: Music is used to express emotions, reinforce subject material, and serve as a source of joy. We use CDs, rhythm instruments, scarves, ribbon sticks, singing, clapping, and creative movement.
LITERACY: The teachers use a variety of group time activities, games, and songs to teach early literacy. Songs, fingerplays, games, and other materials are part of the daily preschool program. Each classroom has a "class library" where students can look at books, pretend to read to each other, and work with story formation manipulatives. Literature is a large component of our program and is used throughout the day. We have a scheduled story time each day. We will expose the children to different culturally-based stories as well as different genres. Exploring the components of the story (conflict, character, and resolution), predicting what may happen next, retelling the story, exploring feelings and other emotions, and identifying the author and illustrator will be some of the skills introduced to the children.
SCIENCE: A variety of science materials will be used for exploration by the child during center/stations. Science study increases vocabulary and general knowledge, encourages curiosity, helps the child discover the laws of nature, and helps him become more aware of his/her surrounding world.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Young children show a natural curiosity about the world around them. A variety of topics are covered throughout the year that help our preschoolers learn more about themselves, their family, school, different cultures, and the local community.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
At Little Roaring Rebels Preschool, we believe it is important for our students to be exposed to other teaching styles and other classrooms. Our preschoolers attend several classes beyond the classroom each week.
ART CLASS: Once a week, the preschoolers will attend an art class with our art teacher. In this class, they will be doing art projects in addition to whatever art they are doing in their own classroom. This will help our preschoolers with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
LIBRARY: Each preschool classroom has a scheduled time when they visit the library. Our librarian reads them a short story, and then they have the opportunity to check out a book. The library time helps increase our preschool students' interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: In addition to the movement skills they are learning inside the classroom, once a week our preschool students attend a physical education class in the gym with our P.E. teacher. Here they learn to follow instructions designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for physical activity and physical fitness.
STEM CLASS: We have an Early Childhood STEM class that our preschool students attend twice a week. In this class, they listen to a short story and then are given a STEM challenge. They learn how to apply concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the challenges they are given during class.
CHURCH: Once a month, our preschool students attend mass. At mass, they sit with their 6th grade buddies. During mass, our preschoolers learn how to become closer to God.
PAID CLASSES DURING SCHOOL HOURS
MUSIC KIDS: Families can also elect to participate in this program, with children learning the instruments of violin, guitar, or piano with lesson times that occur during the school day. This is an outside company that comes in during school hours. This is a paid class.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Mrs. Jan O'Brien
I have been a part of St. Gilbert Catholic School for nine years. During that time, I have enjoyed getting to know the families and children within our program. I am honored to introduce young children to a lifelong journey of learning. I am glad to be a part of the St. Gilbert community.
I have both an elementary education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been in the field for many years, both in the classroom and as a director of early childhood programs. I enjoy many aspects of the early childhood classroom, but I treasure the moments when I watch a child who has struggled with a task master it. The excitement in their eyes and joy on their faces are inspiring. My classroom is designed for hands-on learning and exploration through play. Children are encouraged to ask questions and work at discovering the answers.
Mrs. Lisa Jacobson
I am thrilled to be part of St. Gilbert's preschool program. This is my second year teaching preschool here, and I LOVE having the privilege to work with our youngest students every day! I truly believe it is an absolute gift to be in their lives and watch them grow throughout the school year. I received my Master of Education from DePaul University, and I am also a licensed school counselor.
Not only do I work at St. Gilbert, but my children have been part of the SGS family since preschool. I truly feel our school is THE BEST, and I am thankful for our community every day. SGS has provided a second family for our children, and I feel extremely privileged to be part of this community, not only as a parent but also in the role of preschool teacher too.
This is my second year as a teacher’s aide for St. Gilbert’s preschool. I have enjoyed working with this age group. I became an aide here because I believe having a Catholic education has provided value to my own children, and I wanted to help share that with others. I have two children at SGS, Lauren (4th) and Matthew (preK). In addition to being an aide at the school, I volunteer as a school librarian, helping students learn how to access the library’s resources and repairing books.
Mrs. Amy Heurich
I've been part of the Saint Gilbert community since 2005, and both of my children have graduated from Saint Gilbert: Nicholas (2019) and Melanie (2021). For the last 6 years, I have been the recess supervisor, and this year I have also taken on the role of preschool aide. I have enjoyed working with the 3- and 4-year-olds this year. It is fun to see them discover new things and get so excited to learn and make new friends.