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Corner Co-Op Nursery School

1773 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02245

(617) 738-4631


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

OUR PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS At the Co-op we treasure each child as unique. We nurture an environment where children's natural, organic need to learn and grow is facilitated through a participatory, holistic, and dialogue-centered process. All the developmental aspects of a child are integrated: emotional, intellectual, social, creative, physical. We regard play as an essential medium of learning. Our goal is to provide an exciting and safe place for children to initiate and choose, be free and responsible, experiment and discover, play and make friends. We have both spontaneous and planned activities, which the children are free to propose and to choose from. We have a multitude of raw materials for creative projects. Our rooms are divided into various interest areas, nooks, and crannies. There is a well-stocked dress-up and dramatic play area, a much-loved block room, a woodworking area, a quiet room, a fish tank, a worm bin, a bone collection, a sand table, musical instruments and tapes, and cooking facilities. In addition to our own courtyard, we have direct access to one of Brookline's parks and playgrounds. We create situations that are challenging and satisfying to a wide developmental age-range of children. Creative problem solving in the use of materials and the treatment of social conflicts is fundamental to our philosophy. Most of all, our goal is for children and adults to experience an exciting process of learning and growing and to have a great time! Ref:

A Typical Day

Arrival & Free Play-children are welcomed by a teacher or parent-helper as they arrive and check their names on the attendance chart.
Meeting Time or Block Room-Group meeting for those who want to attend including announcements, welcoming of new students, and 3-4 activities including art, dress-up, music, dancing, games, etc. Those who don't want to attend the meeting can play in the Block Room.
First Activity Period - Children may do one or more of the planned activites or they may pursue their own interests.
Story Time or Block Time-Children can choose to got to the meeting area for a story or to the Block Room for adult-supervised play.
Snack - includes a bathroom break, washing of hands, a healthy snack and conversation.
Second Activity Period - Again, children may do one or more of the planned activites or they may pursue their own interests.
Clean Up Time
Singing Time or Block Room - Children may choose to join a sing-along in the meeting area or to play with a limited number of toys in the Block Room.
Grown-up Clean Up/Dismissal - Parents help put the place back together again.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school