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Little Red Wagon PlaySchool

50 Winchester Street
Newton, MA 02461

(617) 244-5099


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Little Red Wagon PlaySchool offers a developmental approach to education. Our goal is to promote the cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth of the children. At Little Red Wagon PlaySchool, the children come first. Their interests are encouraged, valued and respected. Children are encouraged to value and respect the world around them.

Children learn by exploration, discovery, and hands-on experiences. Our goal is to provide children with the tools and materials necessary for them to construct and enhance their knowledge. These opportunities enable children to become independent thinkers, thereby building self esteem. You will see this on a daily basis as their work is documented and displayed.

A Typical Day

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Early Arrival. Choice of activities available in the early morning classroom.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Arrival. Greetings are exchanged. Children participate in sharing their News of the Day, as well as morning sign in routines. Children have a choice of activities set up around the room to engage in.

9:15 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.: Morning Meeting. This is a greeting meeting and an opportunity to discuss the happenings of the day.

9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.: Activity Time. Children and staff are actively engaged in on-going activities. Teachers meet with children individually and in small groups to work on special projects. Typical activities during the day will incorporate art, literature, baking, blocks, music and dramatic play.

10:00 a.m.: Snack. Wash hands. Snack is offered to all children on a rotating basis throughout the morning activity time.

10:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Clean Up Time. Children and staff clean up activity time activities.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Children and staff gather together as they prepare to go outside.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Outside. The length of time outside will depend on the needs and desires of the children.

12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Recap Meeting. Group comes together again to recap their morning, read stories, act our story plays, etc…

12:20 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch. Wash hands. Prepare for and eat lunch.

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Dismissal. The half day children wrap up and are dismissed as their parent or caretaker arrive.

Home-School Connection

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