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Hills and Falls Community Nursery School

258 Concord Street
Newton, MA 02462

(617) 964-2086


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our child-centered, play-based philosophy fosters a love of learning, respect, cooperation, and leadership, an ability to make choices, pride in individual accomplishments, and problem-solving skills. Children, with the support of our professional staff and their parents, are thinking, exploring, experiencing, learning, and testing new skills. As they move towards greater independence, they are nurtured, challenged and encouraged to stretch their wings.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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