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The Carousel School

66 Brewster Rd
Waltham, MA 02451

(781) 893-1503


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A Non-Profit Preschool founded in 1961 voted "Waltham's Best!" 16 Years and counting.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe in the total child and that the child is shared with us from his/her family. At The Carousel School, we are committed to the development of each child to his/her highest potential at his/her own rate of accomplishment. We want each child to know that he/she is unique, has special skills and is an important member of the class. We feel that high self-esteem opens the door to satisfactory peer relationships. Our program is geared to a creative experience for your child through "hands-on learning."

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 Sign Language, Spanish, and Computers

From the Director:

Our curriculum supports our belief that learning is an on-going process which evolves in many directions and through varied experiences: a happy balance of free-play and choice of activities, interest centers, special days, enrichment, art, music, dance, drama, books, science, cooking, and computers; activities that promote fine motor skills and large muscle development. The children also have the use of three well-landscaped and well-equipped playgrounds.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The staff provides a curriculum recommended by The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Department of Education that is developmentally appropriate and educationally beneficial to each child. We treat your sons and daughters as special people and value their individuality. While they are students at The Carousel School, we strive to meet their health and safety needs, social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission


The primary goal is to provide preschool children with experiences which promote the development of independence, self-esteem, self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning. The primary child’s natural way of investigating and acquiring skills is to involve himself in a variety of experiences. These are essential to success in education. The preschool program fosters physical and social development in an emotionally supportive environment.


- develop confidence in one’s self and one’s ability
- develop the ability to share and be accepting of others
- develop self-control
- develop positive decision-asking skills
- develop the ability to take directions from others


- develop large muscle skills such as throwing, skipping, climbing, jumping, hopping

- develop fine motor skills such as cutting, proper pencil grasp, copying, pasting, coloring, tracing

- develop perceptual motor skills such as spatial orientation, the ability to distinguish left and right, up and down, over and under, etc.


Introduction to: - weather - seasons
- holidays - senses
- body awareness and health - occupations
- nature, planting, leaf collecting, bug collecting
- safety signs and symbols - fire prevention
- safety: Personal Safety for Preschoolers Program
- nutrition: healthy food choices


Introduction to: - counting
- number recognition
- classification skills
- sequencing
- measuring
- grouping


Introduction to: - the alphabet
- beginning sounds
- printing first name
- good oral language ability
- ability to see differences between shapes and letters
- the colors and color words
- developing good listening skills
- following 2, 3, and 4 step directions
- the care and responsibility for library books
- computer