Last week, the Early Childhood classes visited Norz Hill Farm and Market. It was a beautiful fall day for the trip! The EC is studying farms this year and this gave the children first hand experience seeing a working farm
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.
Judy Hill was born and raised in South Carolina. She earned a bachelor degree from Western Carolina and a master's in Speech Pathology from Florida State University while being a public school speech pathologist in Jacksonville, Florida. Judy worked in Head Start and Easter Seals in Pittsburgh before becoming a speech pathologist in the Allegheny County Public School District. After moving to Princeton, she taught at the Princeton Jr. School before coming to Stuart to teach. Her daughter went to school at Stuart and my son came to preschool here. Her hobbies include reading, needlepoint exercise, and taking care of her grandchildren.
In observance of Fire Prevention Week, Fireman Bob and three other firefighters from Montgomery Township paid a visit to the Early Childhood classes on Friday, October 12. The children listened to Fireman Bob and his friends explain what to do in a fire. Many children were brave enough to try on the helmet, coat and gloves that firefighters wear! In year's past, all three of the Early CHildhood classes would have gone outside to sit in the fire truck, but this year. While the 2s and 4s children were able to climb up into the truck during their visit, the firefighters were called out to a real fire during the 3s class! That was exciting for the boys and girls to witness a fire truck blare its sirens and rush out to an actual emergency.
In preparation for Halloween, the boys and girls in the Early Childhood classes partnered up with their fourth grade Big Sisters to create jack-o-lantern placemats for senior citizens served by Meals On Wheels. The children were thrilled to be giving back to their community in such a creative way!
Throughout the year, the Early Childhood boys and girls meet with their Big Sisters in the third grade to make placemats and decorations for Meals on Wheels. For their first meeting of the year, the two groups of classes made scarecrow placemats to send to the meal recipients. The classes discussed how many people in the local community may have difficulty buying food and how the placemats would brighten someone's day.