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With nearly 700 acres of forest, pasture, gardens, and buildings at the historic museum setting of the Canterbury Shaker Village (a National Historic Landmark) children are provided with endless opportunities for exploration and learning. Teachers are co-learners in discovery and provide support that encourages thought and inquisitiveness. The natural world is utilized as a guide to support child development. 


To begin each day, provocations bring nature inside and create opportunities to expand investigation and dig deeper from the previous day's exploration.  Providing environments that support play-based learning in a multi-age setting of 3-5 year-olds allows for opportunities for leadership and creates a learning environment of cooperation without competition.


From observations to explorations, children are provided opportunities indoors and outdoors to inspire their imagination, exploration, and curiosity.

Our Day 


We believe that limited interruption of the children's work is essential to their learning and exploration therefore our time is ish-time at The Dewey School allowing for shift in our day as needed. 


Drop Off

Provocations: Math, Science, Art, Literature, Building



Sing Good Morning Song

Morning Meeting

Music or Library (alternate once a month)



Potty-time and Hand Washing







Good-Bye Song and Gratitude Circle

Morning Friends: Pick-Up Time

All-Day Friends: Free Play and Exploration








Rest Time



Art Exploration for non-sleepers



Get ready to go home 


The Dewey School has welcomed both of our children into its amazing world to grow and dream.  It's remarkable to see an organization like this foster young minds with such passion and compassion.  You know they are doing something right when your child can't wait to join their teachers and friends on the other side of the doorway without hesitation each morning.  Although one of our children has moved on from Dewey they can't wait to revisit with excitement.  If you're at all on the fence about nature-based learning it's worth exploring to see if your child is the right fit.

Ben and Lauren Barr

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