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Mosaic School, The

85 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

(617) 524-1155


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are a play-based thematic school. We encourage children to explore, question and investigate.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Posters of instruments, music classe lstening station, cards with images of musicians
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught We have a strong social curriculum.

From the Director:

It is our belief that all children learn differently. We will adopt enriching philosophies from different theories such as Waldorf, Montessori and Gardner. Children are natural learners. If the environment is rich and full, children will naturally explore and create. At our program, we will foster growth through providing experiences that will be fun and challenging. We will create a warm homelike atmosphere where children feel safe, loved and valued. We will learn about themselves and each other. Accomplishment will be a wonderful feeling for all the children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Mosaic School is a small early childhood program that invites children from all families to learn, explore, question and bond. We believe that each child is unique, naturally curious and ready for independence. This step in their development is crucial to the way we approach our curriculum. We look at each group enrolled and find the needs of each student. All children learn in their own unique way. At The Mosaic School we will celebrate their need for autonomy but challenge and support their needs to be social. We feel learning can be fun, challenging and successful. The Mosaic School will promote social growth, respect for one's self, the environment and others. We will use or community as an integral part of your child's experience. We will take planned field trips and use our beautiful outside space.

A Typical Day

8:00 - Arrival/Table choices
8:30 - Morning Meeting
9:00 - Free Choice
9:30 - Toilets
9:45 - Snack
10:00 - Group Act
10:30 - Outdoor Play
11:30 - Toilets
11:45 - Lunch
12:30 - Toilets
12:30 - 2:15 - Nap
2:15 - Toilets
2:30 - Closing Meeting
3:00 - Pick-up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily email;
Private teacher/parent journals;
Phone calls;
Parent nights;
Two conferences; and
Two evaluations.

We host an independent school fair and a Boston Public School fair.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a schedule that supports transitions. The curriculim is carefully planned to support the first week of school. We are very skilled at helping children.