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The Goddard School

3079 Bordentown Avenue
Sayreville, NJ 08872

(732) 525-1300


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The FLEX™ Learning Program… a Fun Learning Experience! Goddard School's approach fosters your child's lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School® FLEX™ Learning Program is the foundation of our AdvancED-accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education. At Goddard School, fun comes first because play is the foundation for learning. Developed with early childhood education experts, our comprehensive play-based curriculum provides the optimal environment for your child's development. Developmental Guidelines: To set the stage for individual achievement, trained teachers observe and assess your child's developmental achievements. Child-Focused Lesson Plans: Our professional teachers skillfully plan engaging learning activities that build upon what your child can do, encouraging exploration along the way. Creative, Fun Environment: Making learning fun is at the core of our program. Each day, your child selects activities and materials to explore and discover in an imaginative and creative way. Child-Centered Teachable Moments: We intentionally guide and extend your child's play to ensure key developmental milestones are achieved across several learning domains.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

* Fostering foundational skills: Your preschooler is introduced to cognitive skills such as sequencing and matching; social skills in similarities and diversity; and language art skills of storytelling and writing.
* Self-reliance with a safety net: Our preschool learning centers provide opportunities for your child to develop self confidence and practice decision-making in each center with guidance.
* Setting the pace for confidence: Through The Goddard School® FLEX™ Learning Program, your preschooler is encouraged to progress at his/her own pace according to individual needs and abilities.
* Real-world learning experiences: Visits by local museums and libraries, community helpers, and theatrical productions supplement classroom learning within the safety of our schools.
* Computer skills development: Computers are an everyday component of the preschool classroom, allowing your child to practice and expand new skills.
* Enrichment programs: Fitness, art history and manners are incorporated into your preschooler's daily schedule. (Programs vary by location.)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The early childhood years are a very special time in your child’s development. Great changes occur in this relatively short period of time as children learn to communicate, increase their intellectual awareness and make great physical strides. In recognition of the crucial importance of these years, The Goddard School has created a program tailored to meet the needs of your child at each stage of development.
The Goddard School’s philosophy is to provide an atmosphere suited to the development of self-esteem, confidence and love of learning. By combining the best possible equipment and professionally educated staff in an environment specifically designed for young children, we provide an outstanding program.
The educational goal of The Goddard School is to utilize fun and creativity to foster a love of learning. We challenge our students by promoting inquiry and discovery through exploring the world around them. This instills a sense of confidence in their ability to master new situations and tasks through reasoning. Your child will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods so that he or she will be ready to enter any elementary school.
You, as the parent or the primary caregiver, are very important to the Goddard staff, because you know your child best. We encourage you to contact the school with any questions or concerns you might have. Please review the daily activity reports highlighting your child’s day. If there is anything we can do to make your child’s experiences more meaningful, please let us know.
We are looking forward to working with you and your child and sharing in his or her growth and development. Many thanks for selecting our school.

A Typical Day

Pre-School Sample Schedule

7:00 Open/Greeting/Morning Routines
7:30 Interest Center Activities
8:45 Snack Center Open/Circle Time Prep
9:00 Circle Time
Daily activities, language arts preview, social skills
9:15 Interest Center Activity
Creative art activity
Math/Science activity (groups rotate between teacher-l led activity and learning centers and computer lab)
10:00 Outside/Exploration Room
Gross motor activity led by teacher, free exploration of
10:30 Large group activity with individual follow-up
11:00 Interest Center Activity
Cognitive development, dramatic play, fine motor skills
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Nap/Rest Time
3:00 Afternoon transitions/Snack
3:30 Outside/Exploration Room
Gross motor activity, music activity, free exploration of area.
4:15 Afternoon Circle Time
Language art, social science and sign language
4:30 Interest Center Activity
Follow-up creative art, dramatic play, cognitive development activity.
5:30 Closing/Farewell/Evening Activities
6:00 School Close

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Goddard School provides many opportunities for parents to receive information on the program of their children as well as details on other general activities occurring from time to time. Examples of the types of communication that parents will receive include:
Daily Reports: A daily written report is prepared on each child in The Goddard School. This provides a parent with an overview of the activities in which the child participated as well as information on meals, sleep and toileting. The Goddard School teachers will also provide comments on the child’s progress. Parents should check their mailbox/folder daily for these reports and any other messages.
Back to School Night: At least once a year an informal “Back to School Night” is scheduled. This is to summarize the classroom’s regular routine. These conferences are generally scheduled in October.
Progress Reports: Progress reports are distributed in December and June. A copy of the progress report is sent home in December and the original is sent home in June. If there are any questions regarding the progress reports a teacher/parent conference can be scheduled.
Information Boards: These are located in each classroom as well as outside the Director’s office. Information is provided about upcoming school and community events. Individual classroom boards have lesson plans, class schedules, and attendance information posted. It is recommended that parents check the boards regularly to get updates on the planned program in the classrooms.
Daily Feedback: These are the daily communications between staff and parents in the morning and evening to provide updates on the children’s health, dispositions, etc. A long dialogue may not be possible at the drop-off and pick-up time, since the staff is responsible for supervising all of the children in their care. If you have a concern, a special appointment is advised or a phone conference may be arranged. Naptime is usually the most convenient time for this type of conference.
Newsletters: Periodic newsletters are sent home to keep parents posted on school activities. These will be placed in each child’s folder.
Other Communications:
• Informal Notes
• Memos
• Quality Assurance Parent Surveys


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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year