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Toddler Loving Care

66 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460

(617) 244-2375


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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 Children develop sibling-like bonds that foster care and concern for one another. There are cognitive, social and environmental benefits for children involved in mixed age setting. Social and Emotional Skills: Have confidence in their abilities and like to try new experience. Follow rules and directions in the classroom. Physical Development: Demonstrate appropriate grip on pencils/markers. Take part in games. Literacy/ English Language: Ability to communicate feelings and experiences orally. Recognize and write letters of the alphabet. Foreign Language: Say name, numbers, letters, colors, shapes, calender concepts in Spanish. Form simple sentences. Mathematics: Concepts of numbers. Simple addition. Science: Making predications and observing. Classifying objects into groups. Social Studies: Safety, transportation, occupations, and community helpers. Family, multicultural attitudes and school spirits. Extracted from 'Toddler Loving Care Nursery School' Preschool's Web-Site

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe a nurturing school environment should provide children with a secure, caring and playful atmosphere similar to a home. We are a small close-knit community dedicated to all aspects of child development. Specifically, we focus on the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and cultural growth of the children. Our goal is to provide a balanced program that includes a well-defined educational curriculum and critical social growth experiences. At TLC, we consider it essential that children have time to play and interact at their own pace. To ensure a quality program, our experienced educators place emphasis on forming a loving relationship with each child. In the style of the European international schools, the child to teacher ratio is small and the age groups are mixed. This approach allows for many advantages over the more traditional, large homogeneous age groups. Specifically mixed-age grouping places children that are at least a year apart in the same classroom. The main idea is to encourage children of different ages to learn from one another as they interact in a school setting. Among many of the benefits of this concept is that young children develop sibling-like bonds that fosters care and concern for one another. An important aspect of our program is to ensure an open line of communication and mutual respect between the school and parents. This allows us to provide the best possible care for each child and family. Please contact us to explore the opportunities in becoming a part of the TLC experience.

A Typical Day

In additon to our the typical daily schedule listed below our programs are enriched with gymnastic activities at a local gymnasium and seasonal field trips to farms. We have monthly visits from local librarians and welcome parents/family to be involved in our curriculum. We also offer a summer camp program to children over 3 years includes swimming, weekly field trips and outdoor activities. Toddler/Preschool: 8:00-9:00 Arrival- Free play 9:00-10:00 Outside fun (weather permitting) 10:00-10:20 Snack 10:20-10:40 Circle 10:40-11:00 Project 11:00-11:30 Independent book time/storytime/free play 11:30-12:00 Lunch 12:00-3:00 Quiet time (naps, resting, quiet activities) 3:00-3:30 Snack 3:30-4:00 Circle (story book tape / singing) 4:00-6:00 Free play, outside time, table manipulatives, parent and teacher briefing with daily journal. Pre-K: 8:00-9:00 Arrival- Free play 9:00-9:30 Morning circle 9:30-10:00 Spanish 10:00-10:20 Snack 10:20-10:40 Circle 10:40-11:00 Group projects 11:00-11:30 Outside fun (weather permitting) 11:30-12:00 Lunch 12:00-3:00 Quiet time (naps, resting, quiet activities) 3:00-3:30 Snack 3:30-4:00 Story tape/book and group projects 4:00-6:00 Structured play, outside time, parent and teacher briefing with daily journal