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Mr Turtle's School

111 Church Hill Road Sandy Hook
Newtown, CT 06482

(203) 426-0796


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To children ages 20 months to three years, Mr. Turtle's School is "my school", a unique place designed just for them, a place where they belong and feel comfortable. Here they experience the joys of first learning; play with a wonderful array of toys, learning materials, and equipment; create magical art projects; celebrate holidays and birthdays and begin to socialize and make friends. And they do all of this with the security of having Mom, Dad or a nanny along with them.
We want to instill young children with the joy of learning, nurture their senses of wonder, their curiosity, their appetites for music, art, and nature, while building the self-esteem and social readiness skills (sharing, taking turns, etc.) that are the basis for successful socializing with other children and adults.
Our curriculum includes activities that introduce concepts such as colors, shapes, counting, letter recognition and letter sounds. Our approach is always gentle, non-pressured, and enthusiastic - an exposure rather than a lesson. At this young age children naturally absorb these concepts as they are exposed to them.
But the most important thing to remember is that Mr. Turtle's School is FUN! The children are simply having a wonderful time. Many moms report that their little ones wake up every day hoping that it's a Mr. Turtle's Day.
"Every single class is so well planned & orchestrated.. it comes together so well" - A Mr. Turtle's School Parent
Why is Mr. Turtle's School a Cooperative School
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"free play with educational toys and equipment especially designed for toddlers;
circle time - with songs, dances and finger plays;
school-provided snack;
learning games and activities;
and an art project"
Excerpted from the preschool's website