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St Michael's School & Nrsy Inc

700 N Walnut St
Wilmington, DE 19801-3514

(302) 656-3389


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Family reading corner in each classroom
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Sorting, classification, number and quantity, word problem skills, one to one correspondence, size, time, currency
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
  • Hands on math and science lab
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Regularly sceduled sing-alongs, music and movement activities, dance for Kindergarten
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art studio for in depth pursuit of craetive expression
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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
  • Yoga class, health professional on site, nutrition program including 2 meals and snack daily
Other subjects taught Thinking and problem solving, Spanish, social skills, manners, health and safety, nutrition, cultural competency, work ethic, self-management, environmental responsibility, negotiation, global perspective.

From the Director:

St. Michael's has an extraordinarily competent and lovinng faculty who provide a nurturing and intellectually stimulation environment for children. Teachers are prepared to accommodate each child's individual learning style, and to provide developmental learning activities appropriate by age, group dynamic and temperment. Individual children transition to the next stage when they are developmentally ready.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We can accommodate each child's individual needs. Children visit the class before starting school. Parents are invited to drop-in at any time.