Our Approach

Lincoln Nursery School is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our curriculum is rooted in our respect for children’s interests, ideas, and abilities. The curriculum emerges and evolves through a dynamic process of observation and documentation of children’s play. Open-ended materials are offered within intentionally designed environments, inspiring children to make meaning and connections. Children are agents of their play, sharing ideas, developing theories, experimenting, and recognizing their similarities and differences as citizens of the world.

The Importance of Play

Children learn best through play: making choices, solving problems, planning what they are going to do and gaining a sense of control. Play, the foundation of every child’s social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive development, is a natural medium for children to work through experiences, ideas and feelings. It is the foundation of curriculum at LNS. 


Observing children’s play and documenting their dialogue and interactions, provides an understanding of each child and the group dynamic.

Children’s learning processes become shared knowledge through documentation. By taking time to listen to the child, we understand how they give meaning to their world. Documentation can be seen throughout the classroom in written pieces, displays of works, and photographs. Teachers post weekly blogs sharing the curriculum as it develops.


Children use a rich variety of materials to tell their stories, solve problems, and develop relationships.

Their thinking processes are represented through drawing, block building, dramatic play, sensory play, writing, painting, sculpting, and more. Teachers and children collaborate and reflect, continuing a process of inquiry until the process or project meets the child’s expressed intent.

Music & Movement

Rubi Lichauco engages children with a seemingly endless supply of songs, movement, finger play, games, and song tales. She is certified in Feierabend’s First Steps in Music and Lynn Kleiner’s Music Rhapsody Music Program. Years of curating songs, dances, stories, and games have given Rubi the ability to spontaneously vary the material that consistently engages her young audiences. Most important of all, Rubi’s enthusiasm and expertise provide her students with a magical springboard for diving into the world of music.


At LNS, much of our curriculum grows, quite literally, from the extraordinary richness of our outdoor environment. 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 spend a lot of time in the woods, ponds, and fields of the neighboring conservation land, and our experiences with nature inform our curriculum and classroom spaces in a myriad of ways.