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Rocking Horse School

25 South Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770

(508) 655-1451


We have been serving Sherborn and the surrounding towns offering quality care. We accept children ages 2.9 years to 6 years old. We also offer summer camp and on-call care during the summer. Email the school for more info!!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our philosophy is learning by playing. Our curriculum is challenging yet at the same time! My staff is certified through the MA EEC and most have college degrees. Come for a visit anytime.

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 A literacy specialist and music and movement specialists visit the children each month.

From the Director:

Our philosophy is learning through play. Our curriculum is challenging yet fun.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We know that all children develop at different rates. Classroom teachers plan their lessons which offer multiple levels of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The teachers at Rocking Horse Nursery School believe that children retain more when they are having fun. Our program emphasizes learning through play. Our curriculum is themed based and presented in a manner that allows for in-depth explorations and learning. Our teaching approach allows all the children to grow at their own rate and helps each child to develop his/her own unique qualities and characteristics. A child's day is filled with a healthy mix of learning and play, regardless of their age.
In addition, our curriculum is designed so that each age group participates in daily activities that enhance the following developmental areas:
Emotional support
Our teachers truly love working with children. Each child is provided with affection and support. We also encourage autonomy in each child and cooperation within the classroom.
Social Skills
Rocking Horse provides children with the environment to build self-esteem, self-control and self-awareness. Throughout their day they are given many opportunities to meet their individual needs.
Physical Activity
Rocking Horse ensures that children are encouraged to move indoors and outdoors. Our day consists of activities such as yoga, music and creative movement class, and a wide variety of other gross motor play.
Health Education
As children learn about their bodies and themselves, we encourage them to assume responsibility for hand washing, toileting and safety skills. We also discuss healthy eating habits and offer nutritious snacks.
Cognitive Skills
Rocking Horse believes that children need concrete experiences to learn best. Activities and materials are carefully selected to encourage creativity and problem solving.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Primary Class
9:00-9:30 Children arrive-Free play
9:30-10:00 Music or Circle Time (weather, calendar, show & tell),
Story andexplanation of the days activities (as well as a
trip to the bathroom before we get busy!!!)
10:00-11:00 Daily project-along with small group activities such as
legos, puzzles, playdough and games.
11:00-11:30 Bathroom needs and washing of hands, snack and then
quiet reading time
11:30-12:00 Outdoor time in the playground weather permitting or
indoor gross motor activities.
Transition & Pre-K Class
9:00-9:30 Children arrive-Free play
9:30-10:00 Circle time including the weather & calendar and
discussion of the days topic.
10:00-10:30 Playground time weather permitting or indoors gross motor
10:30-11:00 Bathroom needs, washing of hands snack, and then quiet
reading time
11:00-12:00 Daily projects along with small group activities and free
12:00-12:30 Clean-up and trip to bathroom before lunch
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Quiet rest period
1:30-2:00 Story & playground time before dismissal
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Classroom teachers send home weekly newsletter so families can see what their child is doing throughout the week.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation