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Newton School for Children

25 Lenglen Road, Suite 2
Newton, MA 02458

(617) 965-1705


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The curriculum in each classroom is derived from the L3 Principles. Learning is based on exploring, questioning and problem solving. Teachers introduce the children to age appropriate topics or themes on a weekly/bimonthly basis. The interest of the children determines the length of the theme. Each activity center in the classroom supports the theme. An important part of the daily activities is decision making, when children are free to move from one center to another. Each classroom is designed with ten to twelve different centers which include: Art, Discovery (math, science), Dramatic Play, Listening (books on tape), Music, Manipulative (puzzles, games), Library, Writing, Computer, Water/Sand, Woodworking, and Block.

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 Activity Academy provides the following enrichment activities during the year: Spanish/French, Music, Movement, Gymnastics, Story Time, Special Visitors

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Staff members are selected for their unique attributes that enhance the overall quality of the program. Our educated and diverse staff possess a minimum of a Bachelors' Degree and work as a school team to provide a nurturing experience for the children. Our permanent floating teacher who is educated in the early childhood field is a tremendous asset in the absence of a teacher or as an extra resource in the classroom. Each year staff members receive training in the fundamentals of the L3 principles which enable them to plan the classroom curriculum based on the school's philosophy. Additionally, staff members are required to attend workshops and professional training seminars totaling a minimum of 20 hours per year. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Activity Academy provides an excellent teacher-student ratio, which allows for individual love and care.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

After years of experience in the early childhood field, the Newton School for Children has developed a philosophy based on the L3 (L-cubed) principles. These principles are the three key characteristics of our school environment.

Learning: Children learn by exploring, problem solving, and questioning.
Love: Children are in a loving, nurturing environment, where they and their families feel comfortable and welcome.
Laughter: Children have fun while learning through play.

A Typical Day

7:30 School Opens, Supervised free play
8:30 Decision Making
9:00 Snack/Bathroom
9:30 Circle time/Story time/ Language Arts
10:00 Outside/Gross motor activities
11:00 Art, Math, Science, Cooking
12:00 Lunch/Bathroom
12:30 Music time/Clean up
1:00 Nap time/Quiet time
2:50 Wake up/Afternoon snack/Bathroom
3:30 Outdoor Activities
4:30 Small group activities
6:00 School closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are welcome to visit Activity Academy during school hours. Many opportunities are provided for parents to become involved in the program. Parents' nights, lectures, potlucks, field trips, fund-raising events, and other special events are all ways parents can become involved. At least two times per year parents have an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss their child's progress? A minimum of one time per year, Activity Academy invites a guest speaker to provide a lecture for parents on a topic related to child rearing. Parents' resources such as articles and books on variety of topics useful to parents are available in our staff lounge.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school