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New Beginnings Preschool Inc

600 Montauk Hwy
West Islip, NY 11795

(631) 968-9735

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Our school has a very large playground and a science out door classroom. We are located diagonally acros from the West Islip Library at the Church of Christ.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We want all of our children to enjoy learning. Keeping activities, stories, music and art fun and at the child's age appropriate ability, every child is a winner and successful.

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
  • Maps
  • 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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught All children in the 3 year old and pre-k classes receive Computer instruction by our Computer teachers. The computer curriculum coincides with the school's curriculum.

From the Director:

The pre-k classes use the "Letterland" system in conjunction with sound bok and Alphtales books. "Homework" is given weekly, but no required. It makes our pre-k children feel very grown up and on par with their older brothers and sisters.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are encouraged to progress at their own speed, not their friends or "what's in a book". All children succeed at all activities because what they perceive should not be judged as right or wrong. Pre-K children are evaluated in January prior to their kindergarten evaluations so that they feel comfortable answering "stranger's" questions. Teachers are always available to the parents for discussions regarding the children and their activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

New Beginnings Pre-School is a fun, educational facility with caring and attentive teachers. The curriculum is educationally based with interesting themes and projects. Children are encouraged to try new things and use their imagination in play, art and music.

A Typical Day

Children start with free choice - an opportunity to do a teacher sponsored activity or other activities in the classroom. This time allowance is different for the three age groups. The children then do a circle activity including the pledge, song and calendar. Project time is next (relating to theme, color and letter of that particular week/month) The children are then escorted to the bathrooms for their personal needs and clean up. Snack, which is brought in by the parents, follows the project. Quiet time, ie. stories, puppets shows or music are next. Large muscle activities finish out the day either in the playground, playroom or fellowship hall for relays and parachute play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are asked to refrain from staying in the classroom (with the exception of the two year old class) for atleast the first month. Thereafter, parents are welcome to sit in on a class and see first hand how the classes are run. Teachers are always available to the parents AFTER class to discuss personal questions regarding the student. Parents participate in the classes as chaperons on field trips, assistants for parties, and helping with dinners, art shows, etc. The office is always available with community resources for parent needs and the parents as well as the children participate in "Helping Hands" for underpriviledge children.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our two year old program encouirages a parent or representative stay with the two year old for the first three classes.
Parents are encouraged after registration, to "walk in" during the summer months and a stay with their child while they observe the summer program. Teachers are available in August to meet and greet individually all of the children in their up coming classes.
Should a child have a difficult time separating from the parent, we will shorten their day until they feel comfortable in their new setting.