Preschool (TOPS) Program

Madison Elementary School
5100 Madison Street
Skokie, IL 60077
847.675.3048, Ext. 1119 {phone}
847.675.1691 {fax}

TOPS (Teaching our Preschoolers) PreK provides a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum with an emphasis on literacy. We have the option of morning or afternoon classes for three and four year olds.

Gold Circle of Quality
Our PreK program is recognized by the State of Illinois as one of the highest quality early childhood programs in the state.

Our Philosophy
The PreK program supports the development of the whole child and provides opportunities for learning which facilitate each child’s cognitive, emotional, social, and motor development.

We believe that children learn best through hands-on play based experiences and exploration. We believe that a secure and nurturing classroom creates a positive learning environment, which will simulate each child’s growth and development.

Our Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The PreK curriculum is aligned with Madison’s K-2 program to better develop skills in reading, writing, science and mathematics. PreK uses the Creative Curriculum, Second Step, and Teaching Strategies Gold, which all follow the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and align to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. Developmentally appropriate instruction promotes growth in cognitive, social-emotional, and motor skills. Children will engage in hands-on experiences, which will enhance their joy of learning. Our curriculum goals are met through:

  • Interest Areas: Dramatic play, art, discovery, math, literacy and writing, sensory, blocks, toys & games, and technology
  • Group time activities: Music/movement, story time, calendar, weather, show and tell, and literacy activities.
  • Specials: Library
  • Extracurricular activities: Field trips, cultural events, and community building events
  • Outdoor Play

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