Registration for 2019-2020 is underway. Please note that your child should be 3 years old by December 31, 2019 to start in September. Please contact the church office at (847)259-2995 or if you would like to speak with a teacher prior to registration.

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 motor skills.  We offer plenty of playtime, focused group time, snack time and craft time.

This year our theme will be “Bible Children”. We will also be spending time learning about “Children of the World”; their countries, traditions & heritage.

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KAREN HILL - Lead Teacher

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 3. 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.

D E B B I E   L O N G  - C O T E A C H E R

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. 


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: 

9:30-9:45        Opening activities

9:45-10:05      Bible Work @table

10:05-10:40    Free Play

10:40-10:50    Cleanup & dance

10:50-11:05    Bathroom

11:05-11:20    Snack

11:20-11:35     Singing, weather, Show & Tell

11:35-12:00    prep for home + outside OR

Busy Boxes & prep for home      
When we are outside our pickup will be at the park. Please check out with Karen when you are leaving with your child.

If your child is in afternoon kindergarten and you would like them to participate in Sonshine School in the morning, please talk to the teachers so that we accommodate your child’s schedule as much as possible.

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There is no fee to register or participate in Sonshine School.  There are no expected fees for any 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.  Occasionally, volunteers are also requested to help with field trips and parties.  

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

  • paper goods

  • classroom craft supplies

  • classroom cleanup supplies

  • supplies for a community snack

  • ziploc bags in different sizes

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


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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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 copy of the newsletter from a previous week.Here are some examples from our 2018-2019 year