What Children of the World parents say about us ...
At Children of the World we found a truly child-led environment that strikes a balance between nurturing younger children and challenging older ones. Deb is a knowledgeable, highly skilled and very experienced early childhood educator whose commitment to childhood development embraces the whole family. After just a few weeks it was evident that here my daughter was learning how to learn through collaborative and individual play, where in the past her days had merely been filled with play activities. Equally important is the attention paid to checking the more subtle developmental milestones that can be overlooked or taken for granted once children pass infancy and for which there may not always be time in a routine check up. The bar for kindergarten has been set very high.
Penny Storey and Neil Ardiff, Medford, MA
Deb has lovingly developed a healthy, supportive, and creative environment that is appropriate for a host of different kinds of families and kids. I have had both of my children at COTW and have been incredibly happy! My kids absolutely adore Deb, their teachers, and the gracious space they have created. My son has some health issues and my husband and I have felt completely confident in the education and care he gets there, which we cannot put a price on. Both kids have absolutely thrived there! It is clear that Deb is very deliberate in the choices she makes for the school and cares deeply for all of "her" kids. I would recommend anyone bring their kids to COTW!
Deb + children + simple recycled and natural materials = infinite possibilities of collective child-inspired exploration of their universe and their creative, brilliant minds.
Our daughter started at Children of the World at two and a half. Up to that she had been doing a nanny share two days a week, and I was worried about her transition to full days with 9 new faces. Deb and her co-teachers masterfully made the transition fun and easy for the whole family. We have been thrilled to watch our daughter learn and grow over the past year. Our daughter loves the daily trips to neighborhood parks, music class, and the child led curriculum. We were delighted when she was talking about rocket ships, and amazed when she explained the concept of gravity. When we had our first parent-teacher conference, it became clear that Deb's experience and education are so valuable, and not just in shaping the program, but in helping each child to learn. Children of the World has been a tremendous experience for our daughter, and for our family.
Mischa and Peter Shattuck, Somerville, MA
Children of the World is a wonderful program. Deb and her assistants meet the needs of different kids where they are, challenging them in a nurturing and developmentally appropriate way. My eldest attended from 3.5-4.5 years old; it was his first experience in care outside the home. He really shined there, learning the social skills needed to flourish in a much larger setting this year. My youngest is thriving at COTW too. He's become so much more independent, talks (and sings!) up a storm, and speaks fondly of all his friends at Deb's (often reciting their names before falling asleep). I feel very lucky that my children can attend such a great program.
Martha Kelehan, Somerville, MA
What I love about Children of the World is the curiosity, affection and respect Deb has for all the children. She is extremely good at noticing what a child is working on and interested in. She is then creative and capable enough to supply the materials and activities that follow the children's interests. Woven into everything are lessons of friendship, problem-solving, good citizenship, and appreciation of diversity. The result is a very happy, happening little school!
Our son loves Children of the World, and he comes home excited about new ideas from the curriculum--planets and rockets, knights and dragons. But he also has plenty of time and space for free play and interaction with the other kids. He is developing friendships and learning how to talk with people, how to understand their emotions, and how to express his own emotions with words. COTW has been a great place for him and we are glad to have found it!
What happens with curriculum at COTW is extraordinary. The children talk about many things. Over time, a theme of interest evolves and is chosen as a curriculum. In this preschool setting (like some older grades in private school environments), there aren't the time constraints on curriculum exploration. The kids will "do" a curriculum until the interest wears out. And the exploration is incredible! Before my son started, they were "doing" travel because someone was going to take a trip by airplane. They simulated the inside of an airplane with boxes. They had a pilot come visit and took a trip out to Hanscomb to look at planes. They talked and talked about this, generated lists on the wall about it, drew pictures related to travel, and read books related to travel. One of the curriculum themes my son participated in was a restaurant curriculum. We took a field trip to the local cafe owned by a parent, and the kids made many recipes, made collages, drew pictures, built their own restaurant which they named and assigned roles for. The incredible culmination of this curriculum was making two shifts of breakfast for all family members (over two days). We were greeted by all the kids playing their roles wearing aprons that they decorated. Those who had family visiting were waitrons for the day. They took our orders, went back to the kitchen and came out with a tray with our food on it (options included two kinds of muffins and two kinds of quiche, and beverages). Menu covers were handmade and laminated by each child. I could go on and on! ... My bottom line is that I am thrilled that my son has had his time there. They are in an environment that respects them as young, developing people and they are offered such incredible opportunities to learn about and explore the world!
Caitlin Kirby, Portland, ME (formerly of Somerville, MA)
COTW has been such a nurturing place for our son. He went from being home with us full-time to starting preschool there at 2.5 so there was a bit of an adjustment. But Deb and her co-teachers were so patient and loving from day one that it didn't take long for him to trust them and enjoy himself. We are so happy with Deb's philosophies on preschool education; hands-on teaching units on subjects like baking and space have fostered a love and curiosity about these things. We [and our son] also appreciate that they go outside in rain or shine to the playground, to run around in the mud, or go on rain walks to look for worms. And in general, have lots of free time to just play and be little kids. We would (and have) recommend(ed) COTW without reservation.
Siri Schwartzman and Jason Jones, Somerville, MA
If you are looking for a preschool that has a wonderful and progressive program, amazing teachers, and an environment where your child is cared for as you would care for them, Children of the World is where you should end your search and begin your child's education! Deb Jacobs never ceases to amaze me with her ever evolving curriculum and creative ideas. Every couple of months there is a new learning module that delves into a subject the children are interested in. Deb creates a world of learning within the topic. Science, art, history, dance, drama and play are incorporated in such a way that the children devour it! I only wish the school was K-8! Children of the World offers more than just education. I was impressed with the Parent Evenings for the parents to socialize and catch up with the learning that has been taking place, and then discuss a current topic in child rearing and/or education. We couldn't have made a better choice for our daughter!
Robin and Mohammed Abdallah-Doukkara, Somerville, MA