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Carlisle Kids' House Preschool

142 East Street
Carlisle, MA 01741

(978) 369-5546


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our teacher's design a curriculum based on the interests of the children and the MA department of Education's frameworks and guidelines for preschool. Our unique multi-age setting creates opportunities for our younger children to experience early literacy and math activities that their older friends are mastering. Our older students love to help "teach" their younger friends. A strong sense of community and belonging is fostered while the students are learning and playing along side each other.

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

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation