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Concord Carousel Preschool

1276 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742

(978) 318-3045


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Vast exposure to the written word, including child made books for sharing, labels , posters, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Unifix cubes, measuring instruments, materials for counting and sorting, etc.
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
  • Scales, ant farms, an outdoor garden, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music for listening, music for singing
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Materials for three dimensional art such as wood, clay, model magic, etc.
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
  • A natural outdoor playspace to encourage creative and imaginative outdoor play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Integratedplay activities encourage children to interactwith their peers, their teachers and materials.Our classrooms are rich in materials and activity areas that support hands on, constructive explorations, nurture and promote children’s self-esteem, confidence, sense of wonder and natural passion for learning. These include small manipulatives such as legoes and puzzles, unit blocks, paint, playdough, craft materials, dramatic play, sensory materials such as sand and water, and drawing materials. There are opportunities to explore music, movement, science and nature. There are also opportunities for playing/working alone and in a group with other children and/or teachers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child at Carousel is viewed as a unique individual with a unique learning style. Our curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of every child, so that each child is challenged and successful.Every classroom is staffed by two Early Childhood Professionals. Our day-to-day practices are grounded in current research and theory concerning how young children learn. The people who teach here have specialized training in Early Childhood Education and experience working with young children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Concord Carousel aims to create a safe,
nurturing and quality preschool experience
for our children and their families. Our
developmental curriculum is designed to
promote physical, social, emotional and
cognitive growth by presenting challenges
and engaging children in meaningful activities.
Problem solving, creativity and learning
are stimulated through both spontaneous
and structured activities.

Concord Carousel is committed to valuing
diversity and includes families and children
with a wide variety of racial, ethnic,
family, religious, economic and cultural
backgrounds. We take an active stand
against bias and try to instill a genuine
appreciation and acceptance of others.
By supporting individual differences, we
encourage children and their families to
value the richness and importance of a
multicultural community and world.

A Typical Day

Each day at Carousel is a balance of active and quiet play, indoor and outdoor activities, large groups and small group activities, and teacher directed and child initiated activities. Our daily schedule includes planned activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, and science activities, free play with a wide variety of materials, stories, music and outdoor play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Carousel has a welcoming orientation for all families each year. Throughout the school year, we communicate with our families at drop-off and pick-up times, through a weekly newletter and via personal email. Each year, Carousel sponsors events that bring families together, such a s a pajama night, a family picnic, teas, and lunches.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Carousel does not have a set policy concerning separation. Each child's needs are different and we take our cues from the parents. For some children, parents stay for an extended period while, for others, a drop-off routine helps.