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Whittemore House Nursery School

670 Boston Post Road
Weston, MA 02493

(781) 893-6066


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our school follows the Curriculum Frameworks for Preschools created by the Massachusetts Department of Education. We prepare children for future learning by training them to be thinkers. We work to accomplish pre-kindergarten readiness skills. We enhance literacy by reading to each child every day and encouraging reading at home. We practice each day self-help skills, attentiveness, and group behavior so that each child is prepared for the next step on his educational journey. Each child is unique and has a unique learning style. Teachers set goals for each child according to that learning style. The daily schedule is a careful balance of active and restful times, including frequent use of our outdoor facilities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Young children learn from play. They learn everything they need to know to function in the world while engaging in play. Their play is quite purposeful. It is to a child what the scientific method is to a researcher. Play is critical to all aspects of a child's development. It is often overlooked by parents as a valuable tool. Here is list of play's value:
Outlet for energy Exploration
Rehearses real life situations
Works out strong feelings
Develops concentration and coordination
Teaches all kinds of skills
Teaches how to solve problems
Teaches creativity
Teaches how to get along with both children and adults
Develops confidence in one's ability*

When children engage in play supported by appropriate materials, in a safe, stimulating, and supervised environment, they are receiving the very best that preschool can offer. We strive to carry out this philosophy every day.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school