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Hogarth Country Day School

41 Water Street
Epping, NH 03042

(603) 679-2097


The Hogarth Country Day School is a small, private, state-licensed preschool established in 1980 and located in Epping, New Hampshire. In fact, we are one of the few New Hampshire state-licensed preschools solely dedicated to education. Although we do care for the children enrolled here, we are not a child-care facility. The Hogarth Country Day School is an early education organization where the focus is squarely on one population. Preschoolers.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe children are active learners who learn best when interested in the subject matter. A child's response to a situation is determined primarily by how the child understands the situation. Children are cared for and loved unconditionally at Hogarth. A child's physical, emotional and intellectual developments are given equal consideration. At Hogarth we encourage decision making, problem solving, responsibility, creativity, peer and teacher interaction, individuality, and respect of peers. We encourage our students to have faith in themselves, and to develop and begin realizing their potential as scholars, artists and human beings.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • 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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Andrea Murphy, Hogarth's teaching director, is a children's picture book author. Her work has been featured in "The Mailbox," a national teaching magazine, and she writes much of the Hogarth curriculum. Her first picture book, "Out and About at the Dairy Farm," was written for Picture Window Books' field trip series. Her book "Georgia" was written for Gareth Stevens Publishing as part of the "Portraits of the States" series. Andrea is a contributing author to Apprentice Shop Books' "Notable Women" series. She is a member of The Write Sisters, a group of multi-published children's authors. Their goal is to spread their love for children's books and writing, and to share their expertise with others.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Andrea's talents as a writer allow her to tailor the curriculum to the needs and interests of her individual students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to facilitate each child's social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and academic growth by meeting that child's needs. Because the teachers are active participants in the classroom culture, it doesn't take long for us to discover what makes a child tick and what tickles that child's fancy. We use those discoveries to engage our students in building those skills essential to a child's success in school and life in general. Remaining a small school with a limited enrollment allows us to do big things!

A Typical Day

Please visit our website for this information.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We decided years ago to model the Hogarth Country Day School on a classic one-room schoolhouse. We wanted to build strong relationships with our families, some of whom have been sending their children to Hogarth for generations. Keeping parents in the loop is a priority. We post blog entries each evening detailing the day's events and activities. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled three times each academic year, or as needed. We maintain an active Facebook page, and a Twitter account where the children Tweet.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Read Andrea's essay "Working Through Separation Issues" at Tips From the Teacher on the Parent Pages of our website.