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Parkside Pre-School, Inc.

474 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458-2089

(617) 965-7867


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Each and every child is special in ways that we strive to recognize. These special qualities are the ones that must be allowed to flourish.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Geoboards, math rods
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
  • Music specialists
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art specialists
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

From the Director:

Recognizing the necessity to balance a child's developmental progress, we concentrate on the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of the child through introducing creative ways to explore and learn. The 4 year old classes work closely with the City of Newton School Department in preparing for entrance into Kindergarten.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

With a ratio of 1 staff member to every 5 children, teachers are able to concentrate on the differences with children regarding learning styles and abilities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We feel that children develop to their full potential when they are given the opportunity and environment which allows the to "want to know". In a nutshell that is what we are all about - helping a child explore the start of the roadway leading to knowledge, awareness, and self-expression.

A Typical Day

On a typical day a child would arrive at school around 9:00 AM and be escorted to their classroom by a parent or guardian. Parents will normally stay and interact with teachers untill 9:15 when morning meeting or "circle" with the children starts. Morning meeting is the time when teachers introduce projects, discuss current learning experiences and do such things as "calendar", "weather", "Show n tell", "birthdays", "holidays", "book reading", etc. After morning meeting comes a supervised free play when children choose activities such as sand-table, doll corner, blocks, puzzles, board games with teacher, etc.. At 10:00 AM is "second circle" where a teacher will read a book pertaining to an art project for the day. Following this they start the art project. At 10:45 children visit the bathroom, wash hands and then have morning snack. Following snack children go out to the playground for outside physical activities. Children who are not in the lunch and extended day program are picked up at 12:00 Noon. The ones that are go inside, wash up, and have lunch. After lunch comes rest and then supervised free play. Two to three times a month are special visits by a music teacher. Once a week are special visits by an art teacher.

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom

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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

An abbreviated morning schedule is held for the first week of school. Parents are encouraged to stay in the building and extra staff allow for tentative children to make contact and bond with another adult. If children need their parent they are available.