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The Childrens Meetinghouse

1400 Lowell Road.
Concord, MA 01742

Phone:
(978) 371-0678

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The primary goal of the school is to provide excellent quality care to the families we serve. We strive to provide children with enriching learning experiences that promote a positive self-image as well as strong cognitive and social skills. Our programs provide extensive opportunities for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers to fully explore their surroundings and to grow and develop to their maximum individual potential at their own rate. We strive to provide a warm, safe, and nurturing home-like environment that encourages independence and self-respect, as well as a sensitivity to and awareness of others. The curriculum at TCM is child-initiated and developmentally appropriate. The staff
develops skill-based and free play activities based on children's interests and individual needs. Their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical needs are met through a planned and emergent curriculum implemented by trained teachers who promote respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. Fostering a sense of trust, positive self-esteem, and recognizing problem-solving opportunities through play, are all core components of the TCM curriculum. The indoor and outdoor environments are also carefully planned and enhanced on a daily basis as an important part of the curriculum."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Infant/Toddler Morning Session: 8:00 - 11:30
Arrival - Wash hands (Parents assist children in this transition)
Free Play and Exploration:
Open activity time that may include experiences at the sensory table, easel, blocks, stories,
manipulatives and other choices
Clean-up time
Snack, conversations, singing and stories may occur at the table
Diapering/toileting
Outside play and/or walk (weather permitting) or other indoor activities that encourage both large motor
and fine motor skills such as singing, dancing, musical instruments, crawling through tunnel, puzzles,
painting, playdough, etc.
Prepare to go home - pickup no later than 11:30
Infant/Toddler Afternoon Session: 12:30 - 4:00
Arrival - Wash hands (Parents assist children in this transition)
Free Play and Exploration:
Open activity time that may include experiences at the sensory table, easel, blocks, stories,
manipulatives and other choices
Clean-up time
Snack, conversations, singing and stories may occur at the table Diapering/toileting
Outside play and/or walk (weather permitting) or other indoor activities that encourage both large motor
and fine motor skills such as singing, dancing, musical instruments, crawling through tunnel, puzzles,
painting, playdough, etc.
Prepare to go home – pickup no later than 4:00
Preschool Program - Morning session - 8:00 - 11:30
Arrival – Wash hands (Parents assist children in this transition)
Independent snack: Snack is offered during both free play and exploration times.
Free Play and Exploration:
Open activity time that may include experiences at the sensory table, easel, blocks, writing table,
manipulatives, science area and other choices.
Meeting time – Teachers and children come together to say "Hello" for discussions, storytelling, singing
and fun.
Free Play and Exploration: Experiences are based on the specific interests of the children. A variety of
experiences is planned in all learning areas of the classroom to contribute, support and answer the
children's questions about a particular topic of interest. They are encouraged to experiment,
manipulate, get messy and work together.
Clean up Time: The teachers and children will clean up the activity areas together.
Discussion and sharing time: Children will come together to share their thoughts about their day and
reflect on their play experiences.
Toileting and hand washing are supervised at all times and occur on an as needed basis throughout
each session i.e. before snack, after toileting and after messy activities.
Morning Session Pickup is between 11:15 and 11:30.
For those preschoolers staying for lunch:
Lunch /Rest time – After lunch, children rest on mats, look at books; listen to music or story tapes with
staff.
Preschool Program - Afternoon session - 12:30 - 4:00
Arrival at playground
Children will arrive on the playground weather permitting. The staff may decide, based on the
individual needs of the children, to meet inside.
Arrival – Wash hands (Teachers assist children in this transition if arrival is at the playground. On days
that children are dropped off inside parents will help with hand washing)
Meeting Time: Teachers and children come together to say "Hello", for discussions, storytelling, singing
and fun.
Independent snack: Snack is offered during free play and exploration time.
Free Play and Exploration: Experiences are based on the specific interests of the children. A variety of
experiences is planned in all learning areas of the classroom to contribute, support and answer the
children's questions about a particular topic of interest. They are encouraged to experiment,
manipulate, get messy and work together. Activity areas available may include the easel, blocks, writing
table, sensory table, manipulatives, science area and other choices.
Clean Up Time: The teachers and children will clean up the activity areas together.
Discussion and sharing time: Children will come together to share their thoughts about their day and
reflect on their play experiences.
Toileting and hand washing are supervised at all times and occur on an as needed basis throughout
each session i.e. before snack, after toileting and after messy activities.
Afternoon Session Pickup is between 3:45 and 4:00."
Excerpted from the preschool's website