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Merryhill School

101 Hazelmere Drive
Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 984-9224


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Merryhill combines structured play as well as teacher-led instruction. It is important for students to be able to make choices as well as be able to follow age-appropriate directions.

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
  • sorting and patterning
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
  • props for movement
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
  • SPARKS P.E. program
Other subjects taught Spanish Predominately teacher-led instruction.

From the Director:

Merryhill offers different educational play centers that children can choose from as well as teacher-led activities for introduction to new concepts. Merryhill teachers teach to each child's individual needs.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Merryhill teachers are dedicated to developing life long learners. They genuinely care about children, and have the sensitivity and knowledge to understand a child's individual developmental needs and learning styles. They take the time to help each child discover, in his or her own way, a fascinating world of play and learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Merryhill Schools expertly combine academic learning experiences and structured play in a fun, safe and nurturing environment.

A Typical Day

Each age group has a different experience. Infant days will revolve around each child's schedule and needs.As they get older, around 18 months, and move up, the day becomes more of a class schedule with specific times for circle, group play, individual and small centers as well as teacher directed activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Merryhill has an awesome communication piece. Our Links to Learning program keeps the parents involved and up-to date on their child's education. We not only post the educational components your child will be introduced to, we also provide a folder with detailed information on what you child did the past month as well as what they will experience in the upcoming month.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Merryhill strongly encourages a gradual introduction to any new environment. Parents are welcome to visit the classroom with the child for a few times before the child is to be left. Whenever possible and neccessary, we encourage a slow introduction to a new environment. drop off for 2 1/2 days and work your way up to the desired schedule for your child.
Our teachers are dedicated and caring and will comfort the child/parent and help make the transition as smooth as possible.