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JFH School Philosophy:
“A child’s learning environment should be safe, creative, warm and stimulating. Our approach to early childhood and elementary education is to enhance your child’s knowledge of his or her growth and learning skills in a supportive atmosphere important for individual development. Our primary goal is to provide a personal and unique experience for each child. Our main concern is to enrich the intellectual, physical, social and personal values and skills your child is now forming”.

JFH Mission
“Our mission is to be a premier educator of early childhood and elementary education through our proven commitment to excellence in education. JFH is dedicated to supporting families we serve and to maximizing each child’s potential through self discovery. JFH offers dynamic individualized programs to develop productive citizens of the future”.


Creative Curriculum PDF
Illinois Early Learning Standards PDF


Children often use blocks to recreate the world around them—a road, a house, the zoo.
They work together, learn to cooperate, and make friends.

Dramatic Play
The ability to pretend is very important to a child’s development. They learn to cooperate with others, solve problems, and are able to think abstractly—all important skills for success in school.

Toys and Games
When children use toys and games, they explore how things work; learn to be creative and use their imaginations; strengthen and control the small muscles in their hands; work cooperatively and solve problems; and learn math ideas and concepts.

Art Center
Children express original ideas and feelings, improve their coordination, learn to recognize colors and textures, and develop creativity and pride in their accomplishments by exploring and using art materials.

Cooking Activities
When children cook, they have an opportunity to learn about nutrition, to be creative, and to prepare their own healthy snacks. It may take extra time and there may be a bigger mess, but there are many rewards. Your child will learn literacy, math, and science skills.

Science & Discovery
Children do what scientists do—ask questions; plan and conduct investigations; gather information; construct an explanation; and communicate feelings. In addition to learning science content, they learn how to solve problems together and how to communicate with others.

Sand and Water
Both sand and water are natural materials for learning and help children to develop their minds and bodies in relaxing and enjoyable ways. Playing with sand and water involves sensory experiences that appeal to young children.

Music & Movement
Singing and moving to music gives children a chance to hear and appreciate different kinds of music, express themselves through their movement, and practice new skills. The children love singing together and it helps them learn to cooperate in a group.

Library, Writing & Listening
Reading introduces new ideas, helps children learn how to handle problems that come up in life, and mostly encourages them to develop a love for books. We encourage children to look at books, to listen to taped stories, to retell stories, and to scribble and write throughout the day.

Computers & Technology
When children work at the computer in pairs or small groups, they learn from each other and develop their social skills. We are preparing children for a future in which they will need to know how to work with computers.

Physical exercise and fresh air are very important to a child’s health and well being. Making time each day to be outdoors, exploring, making discoveries and appreciating nature. While outside, children can run, jump, swing, climb, and use all the large muscles in their bodies.

Jolly Phonics PDF

Grade School Curriculum for JFH Educational Academy

Reading & Language Curriculum:
The Scott Foresman reading curriculum is phonics based and integrated with quality literature. The Program allows each child to learn in a relaxed, comfortable and supportive manner. The goal is to create excitement within the child for both reading and writing. Instruction aligns completely with national and state standards to ensure that every student succeeds to their maximum potential.

Award-winning literature, across a rich variety of genres, generates interest and promotes reading independence. Direct, systematic phonics instruction that builds and guides phonemic awareness gives students a solid literary foundation at every level. Classroom instruction utilizes best practices and research-based methods.

Mathematics Curriculum:
The Houghton Mifflin mathematics program develops mathematical skills by utilizing a hands-on approach to learning. Integration of language and vocabulary enrichment enhances this center based program that focuses on skill building, problem solving, and concept mastery. The program offers plenty of practice for every-day mathematics, test-taking skill building, and built-in assessments to monitor student progress every step of the way.

Science Curriculum:
The Scott Foresman Science program is built on three levels of inquiry (directed, guided and full)—all in the student text! All three levels engage students in activities that build a strong science foundation and help them develop a full understanding of the inquiry process. This program helps students develop reading skills with its cross-curricular connections that link reading and science skills in every chapter. Each chapter features pictured vocabulary words for students to build background plus target reading skills.

Science Curriculum Kinder through Sixth Grade

Social Studies & History Alive!
TCI’s Social Studies and History Alive programs teach students about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn every day while reinforcing social skills. Throughout the series and within each level, students acquire information about: Me and My World, My School and Family, My Community, Our Community and Beyond, Regions of our Country, America’s Past, and The Ancient World.

Social Studies & History Alive by Grade

“Let’s Talk Geography” encourages a daily discussion on geography. The daily questions are geared toward all grade levels and are designed to challenge, review and stimulate further discussion and learning of a particular geography topic. The questions are progressive—starting with basic concepts in September and move toward more complex ideas and fact-finding as the year progresses.

Handwriting – Printing / Cursive:
JFH uses the Palmer Handwriting and Cursive method which provides a systematic program of instruction at each grade level to ensure that students are able to write and to apply writing to other areas of the curriculum. Children will learn factors of good handwriting such as: smoothness, spacing, slant, letter shape, size, alignment, and speed. Freedom of movement is the foundation of the traditional method. Through correct practice in letter formation, the application of correct forms becomes a fixed habit of the learner.

Scott Foresman spelling program is aligned with our Reading program (See above). All of the literature from the reading units will have a corresponding spelling unit related to that story. New words are introduced weekly, and a multitude of methods are used to aid in memory recall.

Computer Technology:
Computer education is incorporated into the daily curriculum. Children are educated on typing and correct finger placement, using the different parts of the computer, and exploring educational games, programs, and Jolly Phonics. JFH uses “CYBER-Sitter software to block students from unauthorized websites.

Art education is offered at JFH on a daily basis. Art instruction incorporates the seven elements of design – line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space. The program is designed to introduce a wide spectrum of art mediums such as water colors, collage and free form. The freedom of expression leads to many open-ended art opportunities.

Music is incorporated in the daily curriculum by the classroom teachers. In addition, a Music Education teacher provides the students with weekly music enrichment classes. With an introduction to music theory and various types of music and composing styles, the emphasis is placed on developing a love of music. Children and parents also enjoy the annual Spring Concert where children perform their skills for family and friends.

Physical Education:
A structured physical education program is conducted daily, with activities ranging from yoga, aerobics, structured sports, and large motor games. Children are taught important skills necessary to participate in the Presidential Fitness Challenge. Physical development and health programs offer great potential for enhancing the capacity of students’ minds and bodies. Emphasis is placed on large motor & muscle development utilizing individual and group physical activities during recess which is conducted twice daily.

Additional Programs:
Interesting and educational field trips and in-house events are planned during the year for students and campers over age two. Numerous family oriented activities are also offered throughout the year. Multiple progress reports are provided throughout the year. Computers are available in all pre-kindergarten and higher level classrooms. Music instruction and a Spring Music Concert, Parent Seminars, Family Fun Nights and many more activates combine to create a well-rounded learning experience.

As a nationally accredited school, JFH offers your child a customized curriculum for children from infancy through primary grades.

  • A full day, full week program for all ages with hours from 6:30am to 6:00pm.
  • A half day morning or afternoon program for Two, Three, Four and Five year olds.
  • A partial week program for Two, Three, Four and Five year olds.
  • Grade School Academic Day program from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Our programs included:

  • Music Enrichment with voice and music theory instruction.
  • Art
  • Dramatic Play
  • Physical Education
  • Fine Motor / Handwriting
  • Science & Discovery
  • Language Art & Poetry
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Math (Hands-on approach)
  • Reading, Phonetic Approach <hyperlink to Jolly Phonics word doc>
  • Computer Instruction
  • Cooking
  • Health & Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Manner & Etiquette

Convenient Hours:
Extended hours are available from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. JFH is open Monday – Friday every day of the year except for Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. All of our early childhood programs offer extended hours at no additional cost.

The Grade School program only offers an academic day choice from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with optional extended hours.

Meals & Snacks:

Breakfast/Snack Menu
Lunch Menu

Because we know how important good nutrition is for your child, all our nutritionally balanced meals are developed by a professional dietician and meet federal and state nutrition guidelines for children. Emphasis is placed on whole grain choices, fruits and vegetables with 100% Fruit Juice served. Three meals are served daily and menus are posted in the school. Menu exceptions can be arranged for medical and religious reasons.

JFH Educational Academy Grades Program

An accelerated educational curriculum, focusing on individualized learning. The program goal is for children to achieve mastery at grade level or higher in reading, mathematics, social studies, science, literature, and language arts. Specialized programs in music, art, computer learning, and physical education are part of a complete curriculum.
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Jolly Fun House Playschool Program

Emphasis is placed on each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development needs. Programs include music, creative art, dramatic play and early reading. Language arts for 3-4 year olds and the phonics program for 4-5 year-olds stimulate young minds and enhance pre-K learning.
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Jolly Fun Day Camp Program

All camp events and activities are structured to build healthy minds and healthy bodies. Red Cross certified swim programs, outdoor sports and field trips to local museums, recreation areas and attractions like water parts and Brookfield Zoo provide a well rounded, enjoyable day camp experience.
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Keeping Families Connected

Newsletters: You will receive a monthly newsletter from JFH administrative offices and separately from your child’s classroom teacher. The newsletters keep you informed of upcoming events and highlight each month’s activities.

Parent Center Boards keep you informed of your child’s daily activities. You’ll find class schedules, lunch and nap charts and the “Today We…….” update. We know that when asked what they did in school today, children often say…“we played!”  To learn exactly what activities your child enjoyed on a particular day, we encourage you to check the “Today We…” section on the Parent Board. This lets you in on their day and allows you to reinforce your child’s learning with home and family activities.

We encourage you to meet with your child’s teacher twice a year. Four report cards are sent home throughout the year. Scheduled parent/teacher conferences are held in spring and fall but they can be requested as often as you or the teacher feels is beneficial for your child.

Calls to teachers: If you would like to speak to your child’s teacher, the best times to call are:

  • Kindergarten: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • All others: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Family Pictures: We ask you to send several family pictures to display in the classroom to help your child make the transition from home to school. Children like to look at familiar photos, especially when they are first beginning their schooling. Professional photographers take school pictures every fall and spring. There is no charge for the sitting, and you have the opportunity to purchase photos if you’d like.

Birthdays: We would love to celebrate your child’s birthday at school. Please talk to us ahead of time so we can plan for their special day.

Visits: While the best time to plan to visit your child’s room to observe is between 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., the school is always open for you to visit.

Vision and Hearing screenings: Conducted at scheduled times during the year.

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