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St. Mary Mother of Jesus

8401 23rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214

(718) 372-0025


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
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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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  • 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Gym
Other subjects taught As a Catholic school, religious instruction including prayer are part of the curriculum in a developmentally appropriate way.

From the Director:

Pre-school relies on themes to help integrate subjects across the curriculum area.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Under the patronage of Mary, Mother of Jesus, we strive to instill our students a love for God, for each other and for themselves, as well as a strong foundation in our Catholic faith, so they may meet the challenge of Jesus to bring the Gospel message to all people. Spiritual formation does not occur in isolation within religion lessons, but rather is an ongoing practice. Because it is valued, prayer takes place in many forms in our school community. We believe that teachers and administrators together should continue to endeavor to model, to teach and to encourage the spirit of Christianity taught by Jesus. As a Catholic school, rooted in faith and love, our concern is that the individual be allowed to grow into each stage of development with a sense of self-worth, so that given choices, they can make responsible decisions. Based on mutual respect, the atmosphere of the school sets a pattern for all relationships. We believe that the classroom, a microcosm of society, is where students learn to interact with authority and with peers. In order to justly serve the student population, we recognize the 'whole child' and all the attributes connected with each student. Acknowledging developmental differences and the changing needs of our students, we challenge them to cultivate their own unique God-given talents and to work toward higher levels of thinking. Our teaching focuses on the academic standards set by the Diocese of Brooklyn and the State of New York. Evaluation is based on the guidelines established by the Diocese. The educational policies of St. Mary's are the result of the collaborative efforts of the administration and faculty. The constant updating and evaluating of these policies provides more than adequate material for a candid exchange of ideas. We recognize that teachers and parents are co-educators of the student and understand that each is a powerful influence on the child. Creating a supportive environment with open lines of communication among parents, teachers, students and administrators is paramount to our school. We believe that it is important to prepare our students to take their place in the church of the future, as well as the world of the future.

A Typical Day

Circle time (formal lessons)
Free play
Clean up (job chart)
Snack time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open-house, daily briefs with parents at dismissal, weekly newsletter, parent/teacher meeting at the beginning of new school year. Parent conferences as necessary - one formal meeting at conclusion of school year. Parent education classes according to interest. Most students continue on into our own elementary school.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

not available