On Monday, May 13, students in the Early Childhood and Lower School welcomed their grandparents and special friends to Stuart for the annual celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls and young boys to show off their school, friends and classes to those special people in their lives
Princeton Preschool / Early Childhood Program
A Preschool Learning Experience for Boys and Girls Ages 2–4
Princeton, NJ Preschool for boys and girls ages 2–4
From ﬁrst discoveries to lasting skills, Stuart’s Early Childhood Program (EC) provides girls and boys with a joyful initial classroom experience and a solid foundation for the future. We nurture a sense of wonder and uncover what each child is curious about through frequent one-on-one interactions. We guide children to play it forward by exploring, questioning, and problem-solving—the essence of play. Our social and emotional skills-based curriculum, along with our academic program, provides girls and boys the building blocks for kindergarten. With our faculty’s love and support, the children develop conﬁdence and independence by speaking in front of others and learning to do for themselves. We know each child, and we are dedicated to helping children express themselves, discover their world, and become engaged and enchanted with learning.
Our students learn various skills – how to interact with peers and adults, how to imagine and be creative, and how to take care of themselves. It’s exciting seeing how eager they are to learn new things and how thrilled they are when they do.
Princeton Preschool Community
Children in the Early Childhood Program reap the rewards of an intimate, cheerful, age-appropriate environment that is part of a larger, caring, values-based community that extends through high school. Learn more about Stuart.
Heart is at the heart of all we do, and character-building—instilling respect, responsibility, cooperation, and kindness—is integral to the program and to a Sacred Heart education. The children feel our warmth when they spend time with their older “sisters.” Parents sense it, too. Welcomed into the extended Stuart family, they are involved in EC life and supported by a strong partnership between home and school.
Being part of a larger school also gives our youngest learners access to our wealth of facilities: beautiful classrooms, music and art rooms, playgrounds, libraries, gyms, fields, a nature trail, and stream—all on our 55-acre wooded campus. It is a peaceful place to make some joyful noise.
The experience of the teachers, coupled with the love they share with the children, is unmatched.
Princeton Preschool Faculty
The Early Childhood Program’s experienced, caring faculty are dedicated to preschool-age children. Experts in child development, our classroom teachers integrate reading, writing, math, science, and art with visits from specialists in music, religion, Spanish, technology, and creative movement. Our teachers have a genuine love for the children and are as excited by “I did it” moments as the children are themselves.
With wisdom and professionalism, helping hands and hugs, our teachers partner with parents to focus on the individual and the giant steps each will take.
The Early Childhood had their annual Physical Education show last Thursday, April 11. The young boys and girls showed off "all the places they'll go and how they'll get there" by performing various locomotor activities, forward rolls, riding on bikes, and jumping rope.
On Wednesday, the Butterflies went on a "shape walk" around Stuart. Before the walk, we talked as a class about simple shapes like a rectangle, square and circle. The children looked around the classroom to see objects that were these shapes. Later that morning, every child got a clipboard with a shape on it and we went on a "shape walk."
There are many advantages of learning centers in an Early Childhood classroom. Learning centers are a purposeful way of dividing up our classroom into different subject/learning areas to capitalize on children's natural need to explore.
In celebration of Black History Month, class moms Carlyne Beverly and Olphca Bourciquot gave a presentation to the whole EC about famous African Americans throughout history. They started with reading a story about Henry "Box" Brown, who mailed himself in a wooden box from slavery in Virginia to freedom in Pennsylvania.