About Us

We represent a cooperative partnership among our citizens – children, teachers, and parents.

Mrs. Lorraine Millers’ class 1954-1955

Founded in 1944 by a small group of innovative parents with a firm belief in cooperative nursery school education, our community values open communication and mutual respect. Learning through play and inquiry, listening and dialog, we generate a multiplicity of relationships. These connections broaden our sense of place and open the world from “me” to “we.”

Our Philosophy

We respect children and believe a child’s play reveals their theories about the world.

By listening with intention, teachers, parents and children develop relationships and a democratic community where ideas are explored. Environments are created to extend children’s thinking and materials are provided as “languages” to express these theories. Time in the context of our school life is honored and our pace allows children to develop social relationships essential for learning.

Cooperative

We find ourselves constantly returning to the important presence of nature: nature’s slower pace mirrors the children’s inclination to observe, to make connections and form new thoughts to understand their world.

We are located next to conservation land, providing ease of access to trails and ponds. Children explore nature on a regular basis providing spontaneous, outdoor play, and a comfort level, familiarity with, and respect for the environment.

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Play & Exploration

Children’s curiosities and wonder are furthered through play and explorations together with teachers and parents, side by side. Each classroom has a teaching team of 3; two co-teachers and a parent helper, with classroom sizes ranging from 12-16 children.

At LNS, parents give their child the gift of friendship with families that will continue for many years.
The cornerstone of our teaching approach is developing relationships, allowing us to uncover and build upon children’s own sets of thoughts, curiosities, and interests.

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Nature

We find ourselves constantly returning to the important presence of nature: nature’s slower pace mirrors the children’s inclination to observe, to make connections and form new thoughts to understand their world.

We are located next to conservation land, providing ease of access to trails and ponds. Children explore nature on a regular basis providing spontaneous, outdoor play, and a comfort level, familiarity with, and respect for the environment.

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School 

In 2012, LNS moved to the studios on the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park campus. Our facilities include large, bright studios, with custom designed furniture that reflects how we think about spaces to support children’s exploration. Understanding that the environment is also an educator, teachers are thoughtful in creating spaces that are both comfortable and provide for outstanding experiences. Outside, we offer a wonderfully designed, natural outdoor playspace where children play daily. Many of the indoor and outdoor components of the new campus were designed and put together by parents and faculty.