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I'm looking for a preschool-type program for my daughter in the Leominster-Lancaster-Bolton-Harvard-Clinton-Sterling area.  I am not very interested in a traditional preschool, but a completely play-based, very easy-going program.  She has really enjoyed preschool summer camp at her gymnastics school, and I'd love to find something similar - structured, but non-academic.  It really doesn't have to be a preschool - just somewhere she can go 2 days a week for a few hours, with other kids and adults to look up to, fun, moderately structured activities and fun exploration.  The nearest I've found to this is a Waldorf program, but it's out of our price range, and I'm wary of Waldorf despite really liking their programs for young children.  Anyone have any suggestions? 

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Bumping for input. Anyone have a recommendation to share?


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My daughter goes to school in Lancaster, but it is a Montessori program, which doesn't sound what you are looking for.  Several of my friends children attended a farm school, but I think it is further west than you are hoping for, in Paxton: http://www.tbtinc.org/programs/preschool-age-programs/  Good luck with your search!  

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Thanks for the suggestions, CourtB.  I do know of the Montessori here in Lancaster, but you're right, it's not exactly what I'm looking for.  I love the idea of Montessori, but from everything I've read about it, I doubt that it would be a good fit for my daughter's personality.  I do with that farm school was closer.  There's something similar in Harvard, and of course the amazing program at Drumlin Farm.  They're all just a bit too far away, though. 

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The Applewild School in Fitchburg has a play-based pre-k program (separate from their academic-based pre-k) that I've heard very good things about.


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Thanks for the suggestion. I'm actually pretty sure she'll be going there next year! Love Applewild. I think we're getting into the groove if fall activities and will be okay without a preschool for this year. Still feel like we're missing some social, some crafting, but it's okay for now smile.gif
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