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The Playschool at Parker Road

38 Parker Road
Wellesley, MA 02482

(781) 431-1628

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

* Find what children love to do and build learning activities around their passion * Focus on process by which a child creates rather than product * Utilize outdoors as a classroom * Encourage independence, self-esteem, and confidence * Respect and appreciate children's unique personalities

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Letters, games, puzzles, and lots of language activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting games, sorting, sizes, and shapes
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Songs and singing, movement games and dances, marching band, and musical games
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Watercolor, tempera, collage, printing, gluing, and Playdough sculpture
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
  • Hoops, t-ball, basketball, soccer, creative movement, and dramatic play
Other subjects taught * Cooks Kitchen for cooking, sensory experience, making predictions, following directions, taking turns, and eating

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Home-based preschool for young preschoolers (2.0 years by September).

A Typical Day

Sample Activities
* Start outdoors (weather permitting) with active play, learning stations, sand box, bikes and riding toys, nature walks & observation, and play tables
* Indoors to wash up and have snack & stories in the kitchen space
* Down to the classroom for learning/theme centers (many choices), painting, art center, dramatic play, manipulatives, sensory table, floor play, book corner, and writing table
* Group time, including creative movement, big books, songs, fingerplays, instruments, and learning games
* Up to the kitchen to wash hands and have lunch and stories
* Back outdoors for play and to prepare for pick up

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year