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St. Saviour Elementary

701 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 768-8000

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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
Language       more

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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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
  • Tricycles
Other subjects taught Religious Instruction

From the Director:

We aim to help the children grow through experiencing joy in learning. There are themes about life around them that are further developed through arts and crafts and creative play. Alphabet recognition is worked on experientially from February to June. Music and field trips are used as learning tools.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We strive to educate the whole child- the academic, spiritual, social and physical natures

A Typical Day

The day begins with 'circle time' followed by choices of centers - housekeeping, blocks, arts and crafts, library and animal corner.

Students then snack and the major theme lesson follows. This is sometimes supplemented by an art project.

Before taking a pre-lunch walk, students may have scheduled library, music or one of two weekly gym periods. A few lunch students nap for 1 hour, followed by Religion or a special subject, then dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A new parent orientation occurs in early September. There is a 2 hour 'getting to know you' morning the day before pre-K.
At our Back to School Night, the pre-K teachers explain their goals, procedures and daily routine. They send parents a detailed weekly newsletter.
The teachers are available daily at dismissal to informally talk with parents. Our pre-K is part of our whole school. Unless a child has special needs that we can't meet, we assume he/she will stay with our school .

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Students and parents attend 'Getting to Know You' morning on the 1st day of pre-K. The next morning the students enter with their teacher and para. With a few exceptions this has worked very well.