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St. Finbars Catholic

1825 Bath Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214

(718) 256-0818


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program has integrated 3 and 4 year olds. For most of the day the children are together, however there is a separation when more structured curriculum is being taught. The 3 year olds are taken to another play room while the 4 year olds are taught the days structured lesson. The integration of the two age groups allows both groups to grow from each other. The 'younger' children follow the example of the experienced 'older' children. The 'older' children learn to share and guide their younger classmates.

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
  • Block letters. Child size chalk boards and easels. Language arts sheets for coloring and tracing.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math sheets, coloring pages.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Computer programs for time and space skills
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD's and CD PLAYERS
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • T.V. and VCR'S. Computers
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

From the Director:

The teacher leads the class in instruction with the goal of students eventually being able to participate on their own. Students who complete the 4 year old program achieve some level of literacy and are ready for kindergarten.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of St. Finbar School is to focus on the whole child. To help children reach their full potential by providing an education that is sound in its academics, fine arts, and physical development. We are a Faith based school. Our programs are centered on the principles of the teachings of Christ and His Church. We strive to develop in all our students an inner connection between the world in which they live and their own spiritual world.

A Typical Day

Every day begins with morning prayers and greetings. Review of the day's calendar. Weather conditions. Sing songs. Review of alphabet, shapes, colors, opposites, and name identification. Free play. This followed by academic learning. Lunch. Nap time. Craft of the day. Religion. Weekly reader. Music. Snack. Circle time on the rug, where we read a book, followed by song. Free time. Dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have periodic open houses. We also have semester report cards. There are parent-teacher conferences. Notes and letters go home on a day-to-day basis. Calendars are given out at the beginning of every month. Parents are encouraged to call and make appointments for conferences. We are a Pre-K to 8th grade school. We will advise parents to continue with our school and its program. However, if we find that there is a student with special needs that can not be met at our school we will assist parents in finding an appropriate school for their child.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We handle preschool separation by staggering the starting time of school and the length of the school day for the first week of school. This is usually enough time for the majority of children to adjust.