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Bay Presbyterian

25415 Lake Road
Bay Village, OH 44140

(440) 899-9460


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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
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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
  • each week we have a teacher led science experiment
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • lots of CD's for music and large motor motion
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • daily craft in addition to above materials/easel available daily
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
  • we do not have an outdoor playground, but a very large indoor large motor area. The children play here daily. There is climbing equipment and tricycles, scooters and slides for the children
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We believe that every child has the ability to learn. Each child also has their own pace and style of learning. We look at each child individually and meet them where they are socially, emotional, physically, and academically.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

as stated above----we meet each and every child at the level they are when beginning the school year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bay Presbyterian Nursery School opened its doors on September 15th, 1964 as a non-profit school, serving church members and area residents. Our program for three, four, and five year olds is planned so that there is a natural progression from one year to the next. For each age it is a 'learning through play' program designed to be informal and flexible. Each individual child is given opportunities for physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. Our school would hope to be a supplement and complement to the experiences a child has with his family. Bay Presbyterian Church is a Christ-centered church. The Nursery School is an outreach of the church, guided by the three-fold mission statement. Our school does not instruct children in religious doctrine but rather we conduct ourselves in a way that shows the children and their families what it means to be a child of God: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Objectives  to make a successful separation from home  to learn the concept of 'school and teacher'  to learn to trust and have confidence in the people around him/her  to build a good relationship with each family and to expand and complement the child's experiences at home  to gain in self-control, respect for others, acceptance of responsibility, and appropriate social interaction through play and small group activities  to experience joy, curiosity, and creativity throughout the school day  to develop a positive self-image, and to learn he/she is a worthwhile individual  to grow in both fine motor and large motor development  to grow in intellectual growth and academic preparation through literature, science, math, music and art activities

A Typical Day

A typical class day is below. This schedule is flexible and may vary from class to class. 55 minutes: good-byes to parent-hello to teacher. Talking over the days activities. Self-selected activities (art, crafts table toys, blocks, role playing, dress-up, etc) 20 minutes: clean up, bathroom, washing hands, looking at books, snack time 20 minutes: large motor activities (bike riding climbing equipmnet, sand play, etc) 20 minutes: together time (rug time, stories, music, science, listening and doing activities, etc) 5 minutes: getting ready to go home, coats and good byes.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

daily contact with teachers at drop off and pick-up; two parent teacher conferences; weekly and monthly newsletters;open house; parent education classes; parenting resources sent home with the children; teacher/director availability at all timeswe do not recommend a specific school, but we do talk to parents about whether their child is socialy and emotionally ready for kindergarten or if one more year of preschool would be beneficial to the child

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We first begin with a child/parent orientation day. The next week, the teachers go to the child's home to read a story and talk with the child. The next week our school year begins. This is started with a staggered entrance schedule.