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Great New Beginnings

1 Songsmith Dr
Bear, DE 19701-4404

(302) 838-1500


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Please contact our administrator for more information in regard to our general approach to learning. Differs with age group.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Computer classes and foreign language.

From the Director:

We believe every child is different and has different needs and different talents. We try to gear our program to those needs and talents as recognized by the teaching staff.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our program is a proud participant in the Delaware Stars Quality Rating system. Our teaching staff is certified by the Delaware Department of Education. Our teachers work one on one with our students to make sure they are meeting their goals as they advance through our program to be ready for their elementary school experience.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Early childhood education provides a solid foundation on which future learning may build upon. It should be developmentally appropriate and meet the needs of the individual child. It is extremely important to establish a rapport with each child and be able to develop the child to his or her fullest potential. To meet these responsibilities, Great New Beginnings will be flexible and willing to adapt when necessary.

Great New Beginnings� main philosophy is to provide a warm, happy and stimulating environment for your child. The goal of the center is to develop a child�s total potential by encouraging growth in social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Children are given opportunities to be creative with art, experience music, movement, science, language, math activities, and various sensory activities that are also used to foster the child�s hands on learning.

Throughout the year, each child�s developmental strengths and weaknesses are assessed and many �individual instruction� opportunities are offered. As a child matures and the capacities to absorb more task oriented activities develop there are a series of progressively challenging activities that will be presented, making sure not to present activities that are out of the child�s limit. Great New Beginnings is a licensed early childhood education center that provides careful supervision of all activities for the entire program."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Because we have so many different age groups, the daily routine differs. Please contact our office and we will be happy to share detailed information for the age group of your interest.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on