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At GEMS World Academy Chicago – Early Years, we believe the first step in your child’s education is the most important one.

You have a young child, young enough perhaps that you have only begun to detect the first hint of a distinct personality. You want only the best for your child’s future and you know that means the highest quality education and care.

Learning begins now, in your child’s formative years, when he or she discovers how the world works and how people interact with one another.


Our Little GEMS are primed for success in elementary school and beyond. Our goal for your child is achieved by gently introducing him or her to a structured and safe learning environment. We base our curriculum on the “Early Years Foundation Stage,” combining it with GEMS Education Core values and specially created GEMS World Academy Chicago – Early Years programs.

Our curriculum emphasizes:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Problem-solving and numeracy
  • Creative development
  • Physical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world

Children are given the opportunity to SPARKLE  through activities in our classrooms and specialty areas. This includes incorporating: Sensory, Physical, Auditory, Real, Kinesthetic, Learning Experiences in every aspects of our program.

Through our unique focus on global citizenship, our “Little GEMS” develop a wider awareness of the world and their place in it. While learning in English, children are exposed to a variety of world languages from an early age, developing the foundations to become multilingual. They also learn about the cultures and customs of the people who speak those languages and the universal values that are accepted and admired in all cultures around the world.

  • Ruby (6 weeks to 14 months)
  • Encourage early literacy and math skills
  • Teachers work closely with families when dealing with changes and transitions
  • Independent exploration that develops large motor skills
  • Individual child routines (sleeping, eating)
  • Plans led by children’s milestones and goals
  • Teacher directed activities to challenge and improve milestones
  • Amethyst Jr
  • Attempting to complete more tasks independently
  • Beginning to put two words together
  • Using everyday words
  • Drinking from cups
  • Increasing stability with walking
  • Transitioning to one nap during the day
  • Amethyst Sr
  • Engaging in parallel play with peers
  • Color recognition
  • Learning to use cups, spoons, forks
  • Strengthening fine motor skills
  • Understanding routines and boundaries
  • Communicate needs using words and/or gestures
  • Beginning to form sentences
  • Widening vocabulary
  • Strengthening communication skills
  • Sapphires ( 2 years – 3 years)
  • Early literacy-recognizing own name or first letter of own name
  • Social/Emotional-learning how to be a good friend
  • Potty training
  • PreK Emerald (3 years to 4 years)
  • Using words to express wants, needs and feelings
  • Engaging in cooperative play
  • Early phonics-letter sounds, identifying sounds in words, environmental print
  • Writing name-handwriting skills
  • JK Diamonds (4 years above)
  • Negotiating, solving problems and taking steps to resolve conflicts with other children
  • Beginning addition and subtraction
  • Counting and recognizing numerals
  • Writing letters to represent sounds in words in sequence
  • Beginning to read words and simple sentences