Our educational philosophy of arts-integration combines content and skills taken from arts practices with developmentally appropriate early childhood learning standards and socio-emotional skills.
Bubbles Academy’s educational philosophy of arts-integration combines content and skills taken from arts practices including dance, music, theatre and visual arts, with developmentally appropriate, early childhood learning standards and socio-emotional skills. We foster a vibrant learning environment that respects and values the needs of the individual learner in order to create a sense of collaboration and community.
Our curriculum takes children through their concentric circles of Self, Others and the Natural World to form connections in learning. This experience provides every child with the knowledge, skills, compassion and self-confidence necessary for kindergarten readiness and to succeed in collaborative achievement. The curriculum is a fully arts-integrated learning program in which children develop skills and knowledge of numeracy, literacy, music, arts, social-connectedness, and moral character.
A typical preschool day includes the following:
- Open Play
- Circle Time
- Learning Centers
- Snack and Story
- Music and Movement, Visual Art, Drama or Yoga
- Small Group Literacy and Numeracy
- Project Exploration
- End of Day Closing Circle
Using an arts-integrated approach, the children work towards mastering emotional and social development, physical skills such as fine, gross and sensorimotor as well as the ability to self-regulate. Other targeted skills include adaptive social behavior such as appreciating diversity, mastering self-efficacy, self-control and emotional expression.
The teacher’s role in the classroom is that of facilitator and co-explorer; offering open-ended questions, child-centered activities, reflection and positive discipline to provide solid preparation for life-long love of learning. Bubbles Academy’s team has a rich background in the fine arts and early childhood education training. Our teachers are truly attuned to each child’s individual needs and developmental abilities.
With a maximum of 6:1 student to teacher ratio, a bonded community is established, and parents/caregivers play an integral role. Parents are invited to attend bi-annual meetings with the preschool teaching team to learn about progress and growth of their child. We have an open door policy, parents are welcome to observe at any time.
From Our Preschool Families
"Our daughter struggled with separation anxiety and thanks to the Bubbles preschool program, she is now thriving and loving her school. Her teachers' caring and loving approach set her at ease. And their patience and understanding have been amazing and key to her success. We worked together to create a plan that helped our daughter feel comfortable and safe in her learning environment. This, along with the interactive and fun daily activities, encouraged our daughter to dive right in and learn new exciting things every day. We're so happy to have Bubbles as a part of our lives."
"Bubbles has been like family to us. Andrew has grown beautifully in the 3's program and I am so thankful to the teachers and staff for that."
"We have so enjoyed Bubbles thus far and are thrilled to have Meirabella start in the preschool this January. We have nothing but amazing things to say about the program/teachers/etc."
"Agnese is having so much fun at Bubbles, she loves the school and her teachers, who are amazing!! She is learning a lot and we are totally in love with this program. Art, music and play are now part of Agnese's life, thanks to Bubbles."
"The Bubbles Academy Preschool has been a truly special experience for our son. His little face lights up when he talks about his teachers, his classmates, and the day's activities. The subjects for the units are interesting and unique while still being age appropriate, and the activities for the units are engaging and entertaining for the kids. The teachers are wonderful– dedicated, concerned, outgoing, and exceptional at determining and addressing the needs of their students. We are thrilled that our son has been able to be a part of this nurturing, educational and fun-filled program."
2184 North Elston
Chicago, IL 60614
We offer you access to a compassionate team of teaching artists; a bright community of families to form lifelong friendships with, and overall piece of mind that the experiences enjoyed with us invaluably contribute to your child’s growth, happiness and confidence.