Soule Early Childhood Center
How to Register Your Child on the Wait-List Website-Instructions Below:
- Access the wait list-resource
- If this is your first time on the wait-list website, access "New Family Registration"
- Please enter one person who will be the primary contact
- Once you register, the center director will be automatically notified of your registration. You will not get an e-mail but can check your registration by clicking "update my information"
- You can update your wait list account preferences at any time.
Space is offered to families as it becomes available throughout the year.
Now Enrolling for the 2017-2018 School Year.
Schedule a Tour
We require you to visit the center prior to acceptance in the program.Please call Gina Tzizik, Early Childhood Director to set up a tour:(617)739-7598. Tours are conducted Monday-Friday at 9:30 AM by appointment.
If you offered a space and decline then you will be removed from the wait list.
Due with your registration:
- Current Proof of Residency (Lease or Mortgage)
- $150.00 - Registration Fee
- $976.00 - Preschool Non-Refundable Deposit
- $1,796.00-$2,320.00 - Toddler Non-Refundable Deposit
Pre-School: 2.9- 4.11 Years Old
- $976.00-Half Day 8:00-12:30 (Five Mornings)
- $1,707.00-Full Day 8:00-4:00 (Five Full Days)
Toddler: 12 Months to 2.8 Years Old
- $1,796.00-Half Day 8:00-12:30 (Five Mornings)
- $2,320.00-Full Day 8:00-4:00 (Five Full Days)
Preparation for Life, Education for Peace and Joy
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experience in the environment"
Dr. Maria Montessori
Soule prepares children to thrive, grow, and develop a greater sense of independence and self-confidence. Purposeful activity, multi-age classrooms, adult and peer role models, and an exceptional curriculum prepare the students to participate meaningfully and skillfully in an ever-changing world.
Education for Peace and Joy
We believe that the classroom and school community is a place for joy, developing friendships, and understanding how to live and work in a community environment.
One of our foundations is a belief that children need freedom within limits. This means that we have ground rules that govern the school as a whole, classrooms, and individual behavior. Each person is an example of how we conduct ourselves within the community. We advocates peaceful resolution to problems and we seek positive resolutions in and out of the classrooms.
The structure of our day, codes of conduct, and our curriculum encourage increased independence by learning to care for the environment and problem solve. When children gain independence, they feel a natural sense of joy and connection to their community.
Children are free to experience the materials and curriculum that allows for experimentation, exploration, and joyful work.
A Community for Children
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” Dr. Maria Montessori
The Soule classrooms are part of a loving community in which all members actively support one another while successfully pursuing their own development and interests. This sense of interconnectedness and responsibility is carried by children, families, and staff into the community at large. We are a community focused on doing that which serves children best.
Our Core Values
"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn"
Dr. Maria Montessori
Of vital importance is respect for children and for one another. Each day we embody compassion and integrity - qualities essential to education for peace.
Children are constructing themselves through their experiences and the environment. It is essential that children have rich, stable, and ordered environments to assist in the construction of the self.
Asking What Serves Children and Families
Our community exists to serve children; we continually ask how we may better serve each child and the family.
We believe that children need to have a purpose in their environment; they learn how important they are by caring for the environment. This happens daily by cleaning, organizing and taking responsibility for returning and refreshing work.
Children help to prepare snack, set the table for lunch and assist in caring for plants and classroom pets. They are a vital part of the classroom.
Individual Development and Collaboration
There are opportunities for children to work on their own and to define their space and opportunities to work in a small or larger group, learning collaboration and negotiation. We use rugs on the floors and table mats to help children develop a sense of their work space and to define boundaries.
Children often work in groups to develop their ideas and create projects. You will see large and small tables that facilitate this working opportunity.
Teachers help to provide guidance and a framework for children’s work and communication. They ask questions that force children to go beyond their own boundaries to find new solutions and ideas.
Learning through Play and Exploration
We provide a dynamic environment to encourage personal growth, intellectual curiosity through play and learning.
Play and exploration offer the child the chance to practice and engage in social interaction, problem-solving and development of the self. It is essential that children have time to engage with each other through play in and out of the classroom. We balance structure and unstructured time.
We carefully consider the interruption of the extended morning work period; we believe that children need time to develop concentration and to experience the full cycle of work that is not interrupted consistently by extra activities. We do offer monthly experiences such as, music, storytelling, yoga, and special visitors.
The adults provide a framework for the child to build and practice social and academic development.
Discipline and Problem Solving
Teachers carefully watch the interaction in the classroom and allow children to work out difficulties with each other when possible. They offer tools such as the “peace rose” to facilitate communication and understanding.
Developing Curriculum through Observation and listening
Engaging children in the learning process is a balance of standing back to observe, listen, and interact within the classroom. Teachers offer learning experiences and provocations based on their observations of the children, by listening to their questions, and watching their play to see what inspires them.
Each classroom and group for children has their own unique flavor. Curriculum develops organically through this interaction.
Working within the Framework of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophies:
“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences"
The Soule Early Childhood Center has merged the true essence of Montessori and Reggio Emilia education to offer the child the opportunity to grow and develop in a unique and magical environment.
As a progressive early childhood center, we are thoughtful about what we do each day with the children. We dedicated to joy and learning, we value a thoughtful and well-prepared learning environment that is both purposeful and peaceful. We view the environment as an additional teacher and take great care in selecting materials and ensuring that our school reflects our strong value of beauty and respect.
At Soule, appreciation for beauty and the arts is equally as important as academic growth and development. We carefully prepare our environments to reflect this belief and foster the development of the child. All the senses of the child must be awakened and refined. We offer the chance to learn, contribute to the community, and to experience the wonder that comes with that experience.
Each year we explore two artist or art styles. We introduce children to the unique perspective of the visual artist and encourage the exploration of color and form.
We take trips to The Boston Museum of Fine Arts 6-8 times a school year (September-June) and we work closely with the educators at the MFA to develop experiences that are unique and interesting.
Documentation and Social Media
We document our work through photographs, documentation boards, portfolios, daily pages and social media.
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Our teachers are committed educators that are continually growing and learning themselves.
All teachers are registered and hold a MA Department of Early Education and Care certificate. In addition, all of our teachers hold professional degrees in education or related fields.
Each classroom has a full complement of Montessori materials and at least 1 Montessori certified teacher (AMS or AMI Trained).
We send teachers to Reggio Emilia, Italy to experience and learn the foundation that inspired us to mingle these two ideas. We are also active participants in the local Reggio Emilia alliances.
We are committed to the continual growth and development of our teachers. We support Montessori training, visiting and training in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and professional development locally.
We co-mingle materials that help and support children’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity, while supporting the acquisition of skills and knowledge that will serve them as they grow.