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Gordon-Conwell Nursery School

130 Essex St Box 581
South Hamilton, MA 01982

(987) 646-4158


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
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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
  • Unifes cubes
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • beautiful campus-ponds
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Teachers facilitate learning through carefully chosen activities and materials placed in the learning centers. Through obsrevationof the children'sinterests and skills, they determine what materials need to be added or removed. Teacher and chldren determine the theme or topic to explore together.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are viewed as unique individuals with areas of strength and areas of growth.
The teachers need to develop a relationship with each child to determine what, when and how to encourage each child to next level of skills. We place a strong emphasis on social-emotional skills which are essential in sucessful relationships in the future.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Gordon-Conwell Nursery School is guided by the philosophy that "all children can learn". Located on the campus in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, our program provides a child-centered learning environment which enables children to learn and develop actively at their own pace and in their own ways. This is a play-based program which seeks to promote a developing awareness of God. Each member of the staff acts as a model in helping each child understand God's love.

A Typical Day

Arrival Free choice 8:00-8:45*
Morning Meeting 9:00-9:20
Outside Gross Motor Activities 9:30-10:00
Snack 10:00-10:30
Quiet Time 10:30-10:40
Learning Circle 10:40-11:00
Center time 11:00-11:30
Wrap Good-bye 11:35-11:45
Pick up 11:45-12:00

* times are not always adhered to precisely adjusted to fit the needs of the class

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers e-mail the bi-weekly Newsletter to parents. They connect daily with parents at drop-off and pick-up.
Teachers encourage parents to spend time in the classroom.
"Homework" is given to help parents to be involved in the theme or other lessons.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child and parent handles separation in their own unique way. We prepare parents for their child's possible reactions. We encourage parents to establish with their child a "good-bye routine" and use this consistently. We work with the child to stretch their ability to cope with the feelings around separation. We talk about it being hard, yet encourage them that they will be safe and have fun. Depending on the child's abilities, we call home to touch base, or email a messge to parent. What ever the child thinks will help. We have gradually lengthen the child's time at school as they become more comfortable. Transition-Separartion issues can appear at anytime of the school year, so we are always prepare to assist parent and child.