All Saints Catholic Academy was established in 2005, and proudly serves preschool through Grade 8. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Naperville at 1155 Aurora Avenue, just west of downtown Naperville (next to Meson Sabika restaurant). Our preschool program, known as the Growing Saints Early Childhood Academy, strives to provide a foundation for the love of learning, in a nurturing, caring environment. We tailor our programs and instruction to meet the individual needs of each child. Our purpose is to provide a safe, caring Catholic setting that fosters all children in their social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth.
Our Preschool Program
Children learn in a play-based classroom with a daily balance of interactive structured learning and “free play” time. Our meaningful curriculum facilitates children’s knowledge of the world around them. Materials are developmentally appropriate and support active learning while developing cognitive, motor and socialization skills. Weekly music, art, gym and Spanish enrichment is part of our curriculum. Outdoor play is enjoyed daily on our padded surfaced playground, weather permitting. Circle time, free play, center time, art and daily snack with prayer comprise our day.
- Math exploration includes developmentally appropriate activities for early number, shape, pattern and math awareness.
- Thematic units are explored to help children make sense of their world. Children’s books, art, math, social and literacy skills are developed within each unit.
- Social emotional development is practiced daily – taking turns, listening and sharing.
- Independent play and group play is enjoyed daily.
- Daily outdoor play, weather permitting, to develop gross motor skills.
- Daily circle time where children will enjoy stories, song and whole group instruction.
Pre Kindergarten (4-5 year olds)
- The Everyday Math (University of Chicago) program is used to develop number sense, geometry, patterns, data collection and operations. Examples that illustrate this curricular approach include simple graphs, one to one correspondence, counting to 10 and beyond, and using puzzles, blocks and other manipulatives.
- The World of Wonders (McGraw-Hill) reading program provides developmentally appropriate literacy instruction for Pre K students that includes cross-curricular activities with a focus on socio-emotional development and preparation for the high standards of Kindergarten.
- Music, Gym, Art and Spanish are offered weekly at part of the student's curriculum.
- The Handwriting Without Tears method is used to develop writing skills. This curriculum has an explicit, modeled instruction with hands-on multi- sensory materials. Active teaching strategies provide opportunity to practice writing and learning letters in a fun way.\
- Social/Emotional goals such as sharing, following instructions, self-control and patience are encouraged and practiced daily.
- Self-help skills are encouraged to enhance self-confidence and independence. Examples of this include putting on a coat, hanging a back pack up, and washing hands.
- Children’s literature is used to develop theme units throughout the school year. Additionally, several author studies will be introduced that will include Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, and Eric Litwin.
- Phonemic awareness and pre-reading skills are practiced daily through story time, centers and free and guided play.
Special Event Days
3-5 year old students will enjoy show and tell days, sharing of Valentines, a visit from Mother Goose, Pajama Day, Mother’s Day Tea, and more fun activities.