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Saint Gertrude's Preschool

28 School Street
Bayville, NY 11709

(516) 628-3710


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

For those children who need extra help, staff works with them on a one on one basis as much as possible. For those that need challenges, age appropriate enrichment activities are offered.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"For the young child, the process of interacting with materials and people results in learning. Much of this learning takes place when they direct their own play activities. During play, children feel successful when they engage in a task they have defined for themselves, such as finding their way through an obstacle course with a friend or pouring water into and out of various containers. In terms of social and emotional development, during play, children learn to share, cooperate, deal with frustration, and take pride in what they are doing.
Children need years of play with real objects and events before they are able to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers. As the young child has many opportunities to touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people, children's concepts and language gradually develop to enable them to understand more abstract and symbolic information.
The curriculum for young children must be relevant to their needs, while preparing them for future school experiences. We strive to offer young children experiences that will increase their skills of problem solving, thinking, reasoning, and creating. Preschool children must be presented with opportunities for growth and stimulation in all areas of development. As preschool educators, our teachers strive to develop growth in the young child's physical, linguistic, social, emotional, and mental processes.
Since young children are naturally inquisitive and eager to explore, create, and learn, it is our philosophy to offer them abundant opportunities that will allow them to interact naturally with their environment. Preschool children can be taught to memorize information such as the letters of the alphabet. However, this way of learning does not necessarily reflect a real understanding of the information. In order for a child to fully understand a concept, the information must be meaningful, relating to the child's experiences and development. When learning is relevant to the young child, not only is comprehension improved, but the motivation to learn more is noted.
The teacher's role is to prepare the environment with stimulating, challenging activity choices and then to facilitate the children's engagement by asking questions, making suggestions, or adding more complex materials or ideas to a situation. Interest or learning centers carefully organized and positioned in the room create the structure and focus for the child. The teacher gets to know each child and can respond with appreciation to the individuality of each child.
Children learn best when there is a planned curriculum of activities focused on a particular theme or concept. Through the thematic approach, children's experimental base is broadened and their mental schemata is increased. This schemata is one of the keys to learning how to read. A "hands on" approach leads the child to a more complete understanding of the theme or concept presented. "

A Typical Day

"Typical areas covered in our 2-year-old program: simple colors, shapes, farm animals, zoo animals, pets, family, all about me, musical instruments, transportation, nursery rhymes, separation and socialization.
Typical areas covered in our 3-year-old program: seasons, forest animals, polar animals, the five senses, air/wind, rain, insects, colors, numbers from 1 to 10, shapes, separation and socialization.
Typical areas covered in our 4-year-old program: patterning, sequencing, community helpers, sight recognition of letters and numbers, name recognition, writing of the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and one's name. A greater emphasis is placed on academic training to prepare the children for kindergarten"

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Staff is always available at pick up and dismissal times to schedule appointments, also through phone messages and email. Open House is held in September and there are conferences in the middle of the year. A parent information bulletin board is available as well.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child's separation anxiety is handled on a case by case basis.