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Second Church Nursery School

60 Highland Street
Newton, MA 02465

(617) 527-4770

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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

The Second Church Nursery School is designed to help your child become a confident, happy and independent person. The children at our school are grouped developmentally to promote their growth and to enhance their motor, social and cognitive skills. Children are encouraged to experiment with new situations at their level of readiness. We try to help children express their own individuality as well as adjust to others around them. And we know that keeping the parent/teacher lines of communication open is vital to ensuring a productive and positive experience for each child.

A Typical Day

Although each class is unique in its daily schedule, a typical morning for all age groups would include:
Free play
Activity/craft time
Circle/meeting time
Playground time
Story time
Snack time

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