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The Kids Place Inc

Feeding Hills, MA 01030

(413) 786-7980


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At THE KIDS' PLACE, we feel that teaching children the skills of friendship, of connecting with others in a positive fashion is a step toward making a more peaceful world.
Children do not necessarily learn consideration for others, fair play and empathy either on their own or simply by observing others. Therefore we structure our programs to provide opportunities to teach these skills.
For the younger children we reflect their feelings and mediate solutions for them. We encourage older children to resolve problems on their own when we feel they have the skills, modeling phrases for those who need it. We always emphasize how each child feels in a conflict, a technique to help develop empathy for others.
Our classroom groupings are planned with varying ages and levels of social skills. A shy child can be paired with one with stronger social skills to carry out a task or play in a learning center. This can help the child with more limited social skills learn to negotiate, particularly when an observant teacher is nearby to facilitate problem solving. We look to find "win/win" resolutions, and to teach children to find them independently.
Our goal is to teach children how to be friends and how to resolve conflict peacefully in the hope that this skill will equip them to function successfully as they grow. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Our classrooms are arranged in learning centers, which encourage children to explore various pre-reading and pre-math concepts.
Dramatic Play Center
This may be a home one month and be transformed to a grocery store the next month, depending on themes Dramatic play allows children to take on various roles, helping them to gain a mastery of their world.
Blocks Center
Full of building blocks, cars, and trucks, help children learn to plan, measure lengths, and solve problems with their friends.
Art Center
is an area where children can find their own supplies (paper, glue, markers, crayons, playdough, etc.) and express their creativity independently, or in small groups. Fine motor skills are refined as children enjoy the freedom of self-expression.
Book Corner
is a quieter area where children can retreat for a while and look at a book, listen to a taped story, play with the flannel board.
Science Center
is an ever-changing area with displays of such discoveries as magnets, plants, nature collections, etc., where children can explore the environment.
Manipulatives Center
is full of things to put together and take apart. Small hands solve spatial problems as well as share these toys with their friends.
Outdoor Play
gives children an opportunity to develop their gross motor skills as they run, climb, hop, slide, etc., in the fresh air. Social skills are also enhanced as they engage in supervised free play with friends as well as in organized playground activities as a group."
Excerpted from the preschool's website