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Soterios Ellenas Parochial

224 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 788-0152


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • 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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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • 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
Other subjects taught Greek language|Greek Orthodox religion

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

If children are falling behind, the school doesn't push them. They find different methods of teaching the child the curriculum. (Based on interview with the school director)

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Free play for the nursery and pre-K students during arrival.
9am, the classes split off and the nursery students partake in Carpet Time where they learn about different timely holidays, crafts, shapes, etc.
There is one period of Greek class taught each day and a period of gym each day. 10am, children are offered a snack.
12:30 to 1, lunch
1pm nap time is provided.
2pm, another snack is given.
2:10 - 2:30 children are dismissed for the day. -


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcome to join children in the mornings for the first few days. The parent can slowly ease themselves out of the class. If the child cries and continues to cry once the parent has left, the school will contact the parent to get the child. This only occurs when the child's crying has exhausted them.