Our Philosoph...

Our Philosophy & Curriculum

Educational Philosophy

At Red Barn School, children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development is encouraged by providing an environment in which children are actively involved in the learning process through different play experiences. We work to make Red Barn a place in which children have the freedom to make choices, the safety to take risks and the opportunity to express themselves. Our curriculum reflects a diverse community of learners where individual learning styles are honored. We create an atmosphere where children learn to love learning and experience a sense of wonder about the way things work.

Red Barn supports a philosophy which is respectful of family, culture and community. We value the cooperative experience in which parents are actively involved in their child’s learning.


Red Barn’s curriculum is mapped directly to the Massachusetts Board of Education’s Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. These guidelines are followed by Red Barn teachers and staff in developing age-appropriate learning experiences. While the curriculum is designed as play-based, teachers and staff continuously work toward kindergarten readiness by focusing on areas such as early literary and pre-math. Children who “graduate” from Red Barn successfully enter kindergarten with enthusiasm, curiosity, self-confidence and a wide range of strong academic skills and knowledge.

Each day includes active and quiet times, individual and group projects, free play, outdoor time, stories, music, snack, science explorations and sensory experiences. Sample enrichment activities which occur throughout the year include:

  • Creative fitness classes
  • Music classes
  • Yoga classes
  • Science/magic shows
  • Storytellers
  • Visits from Pumpernickel Puppets, Curious Creatures, Drumlin Farm, Puddle Stompers and New England Aquarium

Educational Goals

Through age-appropriate developmental, hands-on activities we provide the environment, materials and guidance in which children will:

  • Develop a positive sense of self and learn to be self confident.
  • Be able to function as part of a group; cooperate, share, problem solve, listen and participate.
  • Learn to be independent according to their ability.
  • Be able to think, reason, question and experiment.
  • Develop early literacy skills along with a love of books.
  • Develop language and communication skills which will enable them to articulate their needs, express their feelings, develop negotiation skills, initiate conversation and share experiences.
  • Experience the thrill of creativity and discovery.
  • Recognize that they are part of a classroom community.
  • Feel comfortable experimenting with all kinds of materials.
  • Develop respect for others; learn to respect differences and recognize similarities.
  • Develop physical strength and ability.
  • Be exposed to many different types of artistic expression.