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Best Beginnings

25800 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145

(440) 835-4430

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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
  • Use of the written word is very important to emerging readers, and so it is used in all classrooms (labeling, bulletin boards, circle time graphs, etc.)
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • A variety of materials are available to students throughout the day so that math concepts can be explored.
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
  • Best Beginnings is thrilled with our outstanding music program. Our music teacher comes to school each week for a movement-oriented class, in which the children march, play instruments, and clap out rhythms. Each year, the music teacher hosts Halloween and Easter Parades and a Christmas Program that everyone in the family is invited to attend. It is always the highlight of the Holiday Season!
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • There are paint easels in each classroom, and the children may paint at them at any time each day. We also have playdoh out for the children to use each day, in addition to chalk, crayons and markers for budding young artists! One of the best things that sets Best Beginnings apart from other preschools is our fabulous art projects. Parents tell us again and again how much they like them, and also how much they miss them as their children go on to kindergarten! Through art, children learn to express themselves visually and artistically.
Physical activity more

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  • 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
  • Best Beginnings offers a wide variety of large muscle activities for children to use each day.
Other subjects taught


Separation is Handled through:

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