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The Amherst Preschool

58 Merrimack Rd
Amherst, NH 03031

(603) 672-8271


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We enjoy using a multitude of approaches in our curriculum. We strive to find the amenties that work best for our group and incorporate them into our school day. Some examples include practical life skills from the Montessori philosophy, such as pouring activities, sweeping, folding, polishing and hammering. We enjoy adding natural products to our shelves such as waldorf fairies, trolls and dolls. Reggio-emilia can be seen in our classroom in our activities that span the year, such as wire, enviroments for the birds, gardens and fairy houses.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At The Amherst Preschool we strive to get to know each child and family as we create a community. The children are with us for two years during which we come to understand their learning styles, interests and special situations. We find this to be extrememly beneficial in the preschool experience.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We educate the whole child, spirit, mind and body. We place an emphasis on the individual experience and strive to create a curriculum that is open ended, allowing the child to find her/his own success.
We understand the importance of academic readiness to create a bridge to further educational experiences. We work closely with area kindergartens to be sure we are preparing our students for their future experiences.

A Typical Day

Our students arrive @ 8:30 for our morning program and after getting settled participate in our group time. During this time we encourage conversations through music, literature and sharing.
At the end of our group time the children choose activities throughout our classroom, including cooking, construction, writing, sensorial experiences and many more.
Our outside experiences our an important part of our program. Our playground and natural environment provide our students with opportunities to explore nature, climb, run, plant, construct, hike and the opportunity to use their imaginations!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication between the school and families is always open. Our school is welcoming to a visiting family member and we are always available to discuss concerns, questions and happy moments!

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

  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Seperation anxiety is handled by creating a trusting relationship with the child and parent. We find children who are anxious about their first experience do best when the parent demonstrates their trust in our staff. We give each child struggling the room to ease into our program as they feel comfortable and acknowledge their feeling and emotions. Our small student to teacher ratio lends us the ability to take time out for a student who is struggling.