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Wellesley Hills Children's Center

309 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 2482

(781) 235-7844

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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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • tape, rulers, punchers, alphabet punchers, alphabet strips, sentence strips, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • many math manipulatives, rulers, measuring tapes, measuring cups, balances, scales
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • manipulatives that involve spatial arrangements, hoops, balance beams, etc.; children often make their own maps of the classroom, treasure hunts, etc.
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
  • magnifying glasses, microscopes, dead insects, measuring cups and measuring tools, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music teacher, tapes, CDs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • beu bis materials, puppets, dolls, dress up clothing, etc.
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
  • gym mat, balance beam, tube for crawling, parachute
Other subjects taught DOE guidelines are followed, so we also touch upon history, geography, and social studies in a very age appropriate, developmentally appropriate manner.

From the Director:

We have a creative movement specialist and a music specialist.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that each child is unique. Children learn through their play with developmentally appropriate materials, and their interaction with other children and other adults. Our environment will create opportunities for children to develop a positive self-image and to stimulate their growth socially, emotionally and physically. We wish to provide an informal atmosphere, where the development of positive self-esteem is paramount. We wish to develop a child's self-expression, foster creativity, and to stimulate enthusiasm for learning. It is the goal of Wellesley Hills Children's Center to provide a flexible and varied program offering music, games, stories, creative activities and imaginative play, all designed to develop a strong foundation for learning. A warm, nurturing, supportive, and professional environment is provided for the children, staff and parents.

A Typical Day

choice time
morning meeting
small group time/art activity presented
snack time
story time
prepare for outside play
outside play
lunch then bathroom
rest/quiet play
afternoon snack

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

daily verbal communication daily notes written for children who stay for lunch and rest monthly newsletter parent education classes posted twice per year progress reports and conferences open house at the start of the school yearonly when requested, of course.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

work with children and parents we schedule teacher-home visits and school visits for child and parent then a visit for the child alone