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The Hollis Preschool

5 Market Place
Hollis, NH 03049

(603) 465-3089


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Hollis Preschool offers programs designed for families who want a part-time first school experience in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment. The goal of our preschool is to give children learning experiences that are meaningful to them at developmentally appropriate levels. At the heart of our philosophy is the need to foster the social, emotional, and physical growth of your child.
Our play-based program is centered on the premise that children learn best by doing. Children are guided and directed by the teacher through both structured activities and self-directed play. This allows the children to develop skills they need to participate in a group, as well as ample opportunity to explore and experiment independently with the wide range of materials set out each day. Using the guidelines established by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), teachers develop curriculum around various learning themes. Within a theme, activities are planned to help children develop skills in all areas: social and emotional, language, science, math, imagination, art, music, and gross and fine motor. The classroom atmosphere is one of cooperation and mutual respect in which our children can play, learn, and thrive.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"A Typical Day at Hollis Preschool provides children with a variety of learning experiences tailored to their individual needs. Teachers greet children individually as they enter the classroom to begin the day. Children are then free to play and explore, with opportunities to create art projects, build structures, join in dramatic and imaginative play, and socialize with friends. We then gather together for circle time, where children have a chance to share as a group. During this time, the calendar, weather and theme of the day are discussed and stories and show and tell are shared. The rest of the day includes exercise, music, crafts and snack. The day ends, weather permitting, with outside play. The school also schedules a variety of field trips throughout the year, such as visits to area farms, the fire station & local businesses.
Excerpted from the preschool's website