Curriculum Overview

Dear Parents,


My name is April Steigerwald, and I am the Director of Curriculum at Little Jewels Learning Center. I have been with Little Jewels since we opened our doors in 2004. I started out as the Pre-K teacher, and have been working in administrative roles for our company since 2006. I have over 14 years of experience in child care, and I am also the mother of two very active little boys.


At Little Jewels Learning Center the teachers work with a center wide, theme based curriculum. Our weekly themes are researched in depth by our staff and Leadership team, to ensure each age level is receiving every critical learning opportunity necessary to help students excel socially, emotionally, and academically in life. In addition to the weekly themes, we also have math and science concepts monthly for the older students. Our staff understands the first few years that we spend with our students are precious, and our goal is to provide a sound foundation to help create nothing but success when transitioning to elementary school.


Within my position at Little Jewels, I work very closely with the curriculum that is presented to your child every day. You will see focus on the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards, as well as, family focused activities for you to explore with your child at home. Throughout each month I will personally interact with the children in several different ways. I may be planning a morning full of activities for the students based around a certain theme, or I may be bringing a visitor into the school from our community that will have something wonderful to share with the students. Besides the enriching activities that the teachers have planned for your child, the students will also participate in music, sign language lessons, and even gymnastics for children 15 months and older, once a week.


We look forward to working with you and your child!


April Steigerwald

Director of Curriculum




                                                                                            Together We Grow...One Jewel at a Time