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Golden Rule Nursery School

6 Georgia Drive
Walpole, MA 02081

(508) 660-5022


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The low student to teacher ratio enables the teachers to work individually with children who not only are lagging but also to challenge those who are ready for advanced concepts and skills. Teachers will also support children who are on IEP's.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that children are active learners and should be given a wide range of materials/activities to enhance their social, emotional, motor, language and cognitive development. The low student to teacher ratio enables us to implement a more personalized curriculum which guides, and encourages young learners to reach their fullest potential.

A Typical Day

Preschoolers have the opportunity to engage in child-directed activities when they arrive in the morning.
We then enter more teacher-directed/guided segments such as circle time and small group activity time.
These "learning" moments can be carried out in a variety of ways including art, music, game...
The children can then choose to have a nutritious snack and free play before we go outside to use the swings, ride bikes or play in the sandbox.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each parent receives a comprehensive handbook, prior to the start of the school year. A teacher will follow up with a home visit for each new family. There is an open house the weekend before school starts.
Upon entering the school, there is a dry erase board highlighting the happenings of the day. The weekly curriculum is posted on the parent bulletin board, along with other useful information. The small classroom environment allows for frequent verbal communication. Parents receive detailed, weekly email updates and photographs posted online. Finally, each student will get three progress reports, during the school year. Parent/teacher conferences take place at the end of the school year but teachers are available to meet with parents anytime.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage children with separation issues to come to school with a family photograph and an item from home which soothes them. (blanket, stuffed animal...). There is always a teacher available to help with the separation. A teacher will help sooth the child with hugs and redirection, such as playing with playdough or reading a story to the child.