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West Newton Children's Center

1450 Washington Street
Newton, MA 2465

(617) 969-9070


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We also utilize our free play time to invite children to participate in small group lessons which include fine motor activities, writing, reading, etc.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • math games and manipulative toys
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Weekly music and movement with our music person
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Creation station
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 We invite the children to participate in small group plays(Drama - Three Little Pigs, Caps for Sale, etc. It is an optional activity, however we find that most children, in time, can't wait to join in. We also have a wonderful 'Creation Station' filled with lots of different materials that the children are able to use to create magnificent art pieces, instruments or their very own invention. It's quite an exciting area that allows the children to be creative and to use their imagination.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Curriculum The curriculum at WNCC is intended to challenge each child at his/her developmental level. It is essential to look at each child's physical, social, emotional and cognitive level when planning activities. Some of our exciting and creative activities include pre-math, pre-science, pre-reading, language, art, music, a professional storyteller, dramatic play, practical life and tumbling. We have wonderful trucks, trains, blocks, dolls and dress-up clothes, as well as several manipulative materials to enhance your child's problem-solving and fine motor skills. Preparing for Kindergarten Our program also includes many activities to help prepare your child for the kindergarten experience. These activities include: identifying letters and their sounds - identifying numbers - tracing and writing the alphabet -tracing and writing numbers - learning number values and learning to write your name. We also enjoy playing math and letter games, as well as working with pattern blocks. Some of our other learning tools include maps, scales, magnets and many other science materials, as well as a strong focus on reading to help enhance your child's language skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Philosophy Our main goal at West Newton Children's Center is to provide a safe and nurturing environment whereby a child is able to reach his/her potential on a cognitive, physical, social and emotional level. The development of each child's self-esteem is our constant concern, as we believe it is the foundation for learning.

A Typical Day

West Newton Children's Center Classroom Schedule 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 early arrivals - Free play and individual lessons with classroom materials 9:00 - 9:15 arrivals - Bathrooming 9:15 - 9:35 - Circle time - (Finger play, group lesson, song and story) 9:35 - 9:45 - Prepare for outdoor play 9:45 -10:30 - Outdoor activities and free play 10:30 - 11:15 - Small group project - number, letter, color and shape activities-free play 11:15 - 11:30 Clean up, bathrooming and wash for lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch 12:00 - 12:15 - Story time 12:15 -12:45 - Fine motor activities (pincer grasp) - free play (additional outdoor time) 12:45 - 1:00 - departures and prepare for rest 1:00 - 2:30 - Rest time - Nap or play quietly on mat listening to books on tape and classical music. 2:30 - 2:45 - Clean up 2:45 - 3:00 - Snack, clean up and dress for outdoors 3:00 - 4:00 - Outdoor play including arts and crafts, reading, drama, games and seasonal activities such as gardening, snow, sand and water play. 4:00 - 6:00 - Small group activities, individual lessons with learning materials, story and free play (If weather permits, we spend a portion of this timeframe outdoors) - The above schedule may vary

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We hold two parent-teacher conferences per year as well as have an open door policy. We believe that each child developes at his/her own pace so we are constantly in contact with parents regarding their child's progress. We welcome feedback from our parents and encourage parents to come in and participate in a project or to read a special book. We also offer parents information and different activities that may help enhance their child's skills in any particular developmental area.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We believe that the separtion process takes time and that each child has a very different experience. Our staff is fully trained in dealing with and understanding that the child needs ample time to express their sadness and to discover that their preschool is a safe and nurturing environment. If a parent feels that their child needs them to stay for a while, then we welcome this approach as well. After the parent leaves, we stay in contact with the parent to let them know how their child is doing.