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Weekday Nursery School

54 Lincoln Street
Newton Highlands, MA 02461

(617) 527-8895


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe and see "Play" as children's work. Teachers plan curriculum according to children's needs and interests. Teachers also plan thematic curriculum according to each month. Children are allowed to "Explore" and "Experiment" on their own.

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
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
  • 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 Puddlestompers Nature Exploration Music Movement Education

From the Director:

Curriculum is planned according to children's needs and interests. Children are allow to "Explore" and "Experiment" on their own.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work around each child's needs and interests. Teachers develop age appropriate goals/objectives for children, as well as stimulating activities for children who need additional challenges.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program is based on the developmental needs and interests of each child. We emphasize the continued growth of each child's self-worth by encouraging social interactions in an effort to build attitudes of sharing, trust, respect, and empathy.

We believe and see "Play" as children's work. Through play, children will develop vital skills such as socialization, respect, self-esteem, self-discipline, responsibility and cooperation as well as the ability to embrace diversity.

We believe that the home is the most important factor in a child's development. We will always strive to support and complement the family in order to promote the healthy development of children. Staff will love, trust, and show respect and dignity for each child. It is important to meet each child's needs physical, social/emotional, and intellectual growth. Children deserve to be in a nurturing, safe, and happy environment which promotes satisfying their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

A Typical Day

A typical day at Weekday Nursery School:

- Arrival
- Gathering circle
- Free play
- Clean-up time
- Circle time
- Snack
- Quiet time/story time
- Outside play
- Lunch (*for children who stay past 12:00pm)

Our enrichment classes include:

- Music
- Basketball
- Body & Movement
- Librarian

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

As director I see and interact with parents on a daily basis. I write a newsletter and provide a calendar to parents, which keeps them updated on upcoming events for the month.

As director I spend time in the classroom every day and substitute if necessary.

I also host a monthly "Parents breakfast" where parents come together and socialize.

As director and educator I believe that children learn best through hands-on activities, exploring, and experimenting on their own.

I think it is important that classrooms are have age appropriate materials and are child-centered and geared towards children's needs and interests.


*Teachers also write monthly newsletters, conferences, and progress reports twice a year and meet with parents to discuss children's progress in school.

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
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Being in a group, getting used to the variety of stimulating choices, having to wait for others before doing things; all of these can be difficult adjustments for young children.

We always encourage parents to stay with the child for a specified period of time if necessary the first few days as they transition into the classroom. Parents can best help their child by assuring them that they will return and by staying in contact with his/her teacher for reassurance.