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St Marys Nursery School

3916 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 386-0321


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"St. Mary's philosophy is centered upon each child's individual needs. The
education and care program is designed to create a developmentally
appropriate space where children have access to a rich variety of
experiences, while in the care of skilled and dedicated teachers and
caregivers. Saint Mary's Nursery School children are not pressured to
perform. They are surrounded by support, sensitivity, affection and respect
so that they may be the agents of their own learning. This philosophy of
respect for children and their ability to make choices builds self esteem and
creates a foundation of learning that is purely positive; therefore, the
child's relationship to school will be positive as the child moves on to grade
school. We employ game playing teaching techniques, freedom, validation and
abundant support and affection to generate enthusiasm for learning."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Morning Program

8:00 - 9:00 Set up and greet Early Care children
9:00 - 10:00 Greet children and Free Play (puzzles, manipulatives, dress-up, books, playdough, art projects)
10:00 - 10:15 Rectangle Time (songs, movement)
10:15 - 10:40 Wash hands, Snack (St. Mary's provides snack)
10:40 - 11:00 Meeting time (books, weekly theme) - for older children. Front room or outside for younger children.
11:00 - 11:45 Large Motor Activities (Outside or Big room)
11:45 - 12:00 Transitional Meeting (books) or Front Room, wash hands for lunch
12:00 - 12:30 Lunchtime (Parents provide lunch)
12:30 - 12:45 Transitional meeting, Front Room, Clean-up

Afternoon Program

12:45 - 1:30 Large Motor Activities (Outside or big room)
1:30 - 2:00 Meeting time (books, weekly theme) - for older children, start naptime in front room for younger children
2:00 - 2:30 Art project, games, choice time
2:30 - 3:00 Free play (puzzles, manipulatives, dress-up, books)
3:00 - 3:15 Rectangle time (songs, movement)
3:15 - 3:40 Wash hands, snack (St. Mary's provides snack)
3:40 - 4:00 Transitional meeting (books) or Front room & Prepare to go outside
4:00 - 4:40 Large motor activities (Outside or big room)
4:40 - 6:00 Free play with late care children (artwork, books, dress-up, etc.) and prepare to go home.
Excerpted from the preschool's website