Sonshine School

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Registration for 2022-23 is open. Please note that your child should be 3 years old by December 31, 2022 to start in September. If your child will turn 3 after January 1, 2023 he/she may start in January after a discussion with the teacher and a fall visit to our class. Please contact the church office at (847)259-2995 or if you would like to speak with a teacher prior to registration or would like to discuss registration for a younger child.

Click on the big red button below to register now or click here to download our information packet.  

Sonshine Tuesday School is a free Bible-based Preschool program. Registration is open to all children between the ages of 2.5 and 5. Our overall theme and lessons each week are drawn from the Bible. Our activities are wide, varied and designed to reinforce the lesson for the week while enhancing social emotional growth and fine & gross motor skills.  We offer plenty of playtime, focused group time, snack time and craft time.

This year our theme will be “Bible Animals”.

Please read our handbook in it’s entirety prior to registering your child for class so that your are familiar with the guidelines and policies we use for class,

Here is our newest registration guideline:

We have 2 teachers this year and our ratio is 6:1. Therefore, we will accept 12 children for the year. Others will be put on a waiting list in the event there is an opening later in the year.

Click below to register for Sonshine School now!!

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Karen Hill

Karen is the lead teacher, which makes her responsible for each week's lesson, general curriculum, planning and registration. She is also the teacher to contact for any questions or comments about Sonshine School. She is the mother of 4 children and grandmother of 4. She has more than 30 years experience as a Bible-School teacher and currently works with special needs children in recreational settings throughout the Northwest suburban area. She and her family attend church here at Cardinal Drive.

Debbie Long

Debbie is the coteacher in Sonshine School where she collaborates on lesson and classroom planning. She has a passion for teaching young children. She and her family attend church here at Cardinal Drive where Debbie is actively involved in many of the children's ministries. 

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There is no fee to participate in Sonshine School. There are no expected fees for field trips this year.

In lieu of fees, some classroom supplies are requested from each child. In addition, when special supplies are needed for a particular project, those may be requested as well. Parents may be asked to volunteer in the classroom from time to time. If you are able to act as a substitute in the classroom, please let us know.

Examples of requested supplies include, but are not limited to:

  • paper goods
  • batteries
  • classroom craft supplies
  • classroom cleanup & sanitation supplies
  • ziploc bags in different sizes

On the first day of class, each family receives a list of supplies that their child will need to bring that will benefit the entire classroom. Some will be for specific activities so they should arrive by the date listed!

All school and craft supplies will be communal supplies this year, available to the children as they need them.


Our daily schedule is not set in stone as we strive to accommodate special visitors, special activities and the children's special days. However, we do follow a general pattern similar to the following: 

9:30-10:00 Free play/craft/table activities

10:00-10:10 Cleanup time

10:10-10:40 Group time/Bathroom

10:40-11:00 Singing/Bible

11:00-11:15 Snack

11:15-11:35 Table work

11:35-12:00 Outside time, indoor gym, music, etc

Please note the following:

When we play outside:

  • Pickup will be at the playground (there should be a note on the classroom door).
  • Please check out with Karen before you leave with your child.

Outside Time is subject to change depending on weather and other activities

Check out the Fall Dates to Know: Click Here to Download

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For those who are beginning Sonshine School you will need to fill out and hand in the forms listed below. You can either download these forms by clicking on their names below or find the hard copies in your registration packet on the first day of class.


Each week a newsletter is available via email or hardcopy in class that tells about what the children learned in class and about what things are coming up. Click below to download a newsletter.


Our handy Handbook will provide all the information you could need about Sonshine School! Click below to download the full handbook or individual sections that you need.

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