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Old South Preschool

645 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

(617) 536-1970


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Within the scope of their own capabilities, children are ehlped to attain their maximum competence level in the physical-motor, social-emotional, and cognitive domains. Goals are translated into particular learning experiences, both organized and spontaneous, while emerging interests help to shape the direction of many of the children's experiences. In a culturally senstive and accepting environment, the ever changing needs of small children are met by a well-trained, caring staff, who support a fundamental consideration of the program...respect for the children as unique individuals. The Preschool is also a training site for students from area colleges who are studying early childhood education and allied fields. Extracted from Old South Preschool Brochure 2005-2006.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught It seeks to provide an atmosphere that is supportive of parents in their relationships with their children and to promote the understanding of child development. Extracted from Old South Preschool's 2005-2006 brochure.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Old South Preschool is founded on the belief that children benefit from experiences that are presented in an organized learning environment outside the home. The philosophy that guides the operations is based on the conviction that: Children thrive in an atmosphere of acceptance, support, and encouragement. School and parents share the responsibility for the development of children in all stages of childhood. Children move toward their maximum level of competence levels when operating in a developmentally appropriate environment. Extracted from Old South Preschool's 2005-2006 brochure.

A Typical Day

The daily routine supports child-initiated, child-directed involvement and affords opportunities for planning and choosing while operating within small or large groups or individually. A typical daily schedule includes engaging experiences in the classroom or outside, snack, neighborhood excursions or playground activity, group time, lunch, and rest. Reading, dictation, writing, movement, creative arts, cooking, materials exploration, excursions, imaginative play, and games are some of the vehicles used to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences. At 6:1 or 7:1, the child/teacher ratio average is lower than the required minimum; the 2-3 year old class has a 3:1 ratio. After a full morning of involvement, the children are given time and space for rest and other quiet activities. Extracted from the Old South Preschool 2005-2006 brochure.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to participate as fully as possible in their child's Old South experience. Involvement can be on an individual basis and as a member of the Parent's Group. All have the opportunity to volunteer for any undertaking. The Group helps to plan and support activities that connect the parents to school as a whole, parents to classroom, and parents to parents. Such connections include participation in special school projects, parent activities, and fundraising efforts that support general expenses, equipment purchases, and financial assitance. Extracted from Old South Preschool 2005-2006 brochure.

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