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3224 S. Banker
Effingham, IL 62401

PH: 217/540-1460
Fax: 217/540-1484


Early Learning Center

“We strive to provide a strong, nurturing academic foundation and a positive first experience for ALL students attending the ELC.”      Learn more...

Visitors are Welcome!

You are always welcome at the school; however, VISITORS TO SCHOOL ARE REQUIRED BY STATE LAW TO REPORT TO THE OFFICE whenever they enter a school building. Please make sure you stop at the office to sign in and sign out when entering and leaving the building and wear a badge for the safety of the students. Thank you!

ELC Newsletters 

September 2013 Newsletter
October 2013 Newsletter
November 2013 Newsletter
December 2013 Newsletter  
January 2014 Newsletter  
February 2014 Newsletter  
April 2014 Newsletter
May 2014 Newsletter


for Preschool & Future Kindergarten Children

Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screenings will be held April 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 8:00am to Noon and 3:00 to 6:00pm.  Screenings will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church on South Banker Street in Effingham.  To schedule an appointment, parents can call Sharon Chesnut at Central School540-1400.

Preschool/kindergarten screenings are highly recommended for all Unit 40 children who are eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in Fall 2014.  However, screening does not guarantee Early Childhood Special Education placement.

Screening Form



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Reading at ELC!

Reading in Kindergarten is fun!

Fun 1 

Reading is fun with our friends and in a comfortable chair!

Fun 2 

Ag in the Classroom

Rachel Meinhart from Ag in the Classroom came to the Early Learning Center to discuss how we can use our Five Senses on the farm.

Rachel Cow 2 

The boys and girls used their sense of sight to few pictures of a cow.

Rachel Cow 1

The students listened to the various tones a cow makes.

Rachel Cow 4

They were able to feel the hide of a cow. 

Rachel Cow 3 

 The students did not enjoy using their sense of smell when the cow feed was passed around!

Rachel Cow 5 

The boys and girls used a number of senses when they made their own cow.

Rachel Cow 6 

Great work.

Rachel Cow 7 

To close the lesson, the students were given a snack of string cheese to taste.  This was their favorite sense. 

"High Five Behavior" Kick-Off

The students at the Early Learning Center started the month of September with a "High Five Behavior" Kick-Off program by Mr. Buddy Allen from Leader for Life Martial Arts in Effingham.  Mr. Allen is a 3rd degree black belt and a certified instructor with ATA.  He talked to the students about developing good focus and strong respect.  The students should be focused and show respect at home and school.

Buddy 1 

Buddy 2 

Buddy 3

Buddy 4

Buddy 5

Buddy 6

Buddy 7 

Buddy 8

Buddy 9 

These two boys were assistances with Mr. Allen throughout the program.  Mr. Allen will be checking in to hear how well the boys and girls are doing at E.L.C.! 

Math Stations in the Classroom

The boys and girls start their day with Math Stations.  This week the students are working in the following stations:

 Math Stations 1 (1)

Recognizing Numbers

 Math Stations 2 (1)

Writing Numbers

 Math Stations 3 (1)


 Math Stations 4 (1)

Technology (Computer)

 Math Stations 5 (1)

Writing their Name and Counting Letters

 Math Stations 6 (1)

Reading Books

Math Stations 8 (1) 


 Math Stations 7 (1)

Technology (iPad) 

Making New Friends

The boys and girls are making new friends on the playing.

The Slide.

 Friends 1

The Swingings.

 Friends 2

In the shade.

 Friends 3

And on the 'car'. 

Friends 4 


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