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Bowen Cooperative Nursery School

96 Otis Street
Newton, MA 02460

(617) 332-3923


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

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  • Puzzles
  • Blocks, beads, abacus,
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music specialist
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

From the Director:

The goal of our curriculum is to provide developmentally appropriate experiences in which children can learn about themselves, others, and the world with the support of respectful and responsive adults. The environment encourages exploration, experimentation and discovery while supporting emergent literacy and math skills, science, music and art.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Include all students. Individual attention as needed. Parental interaction and involvement.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a child-centered, play-based school at which children can continue their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development in a creative, safe and exciting environment. Children are respected and allowed to grow and develop at their own rates. A broad range of materials and activities is provided to encourage children's independence, confidence and self-expression.

A Typical Day

Morning meeting. Activities. Free time. Snack. Specialist. Outside time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher meetings. Co-op:Daily Parental involvement.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Class broken up into two smaller groups, and then brought together as a whole group after a few days.