Early Childhood Daily Schedule:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon (morning program)
12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m. (extended day program)*
3-day students attend Monday through Wednesday (for children under 4 by June 1)
5-day students attend Monday through Friday (for all ages)
*A warm organic lunch, quiet time, simple craft activity, and creative outdoor play are all part of the afternoon for the extended day program. Children enrolled in the morning program who are bathroom independent are eligible to attend in the afternoon from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. up to the number of days they are enrolled, as space allows. After school care until 6:00 p.m. are available to these children as well.
At the Waldorf School of Princeton, every aspect of our play-based Early Childhood program has purpose. Our child-initiated program is designed to lay the foundation for executive functioning skills, impulse control, emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, planning, initiative, and organization. In Early Childhood, children learn to care for themselves, their classmates, and their environment. Through implicit learning—engagement in real-life activities—our students gain the fundamental skills they need to develop academically, and above all a a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. This curriculum, rich in poetry and story telling, inspires wonder and a resilience that enables our students to creatively solve the problems they face.
Enrollment Options and Class Placement
Each of our mixed-age classes offers a morning program and an extended-day option.
The early childhood faculty considers many factors when deciding on each child’s class placement. A child’s age, previous school experience, and personality are all taken into account.
Following the interview process and acceptance into our program, our admissions coordinator will inform you of your child’s placement; you will later be contacted by the class teacher to arrange a home visit in an effort to ease your child’s transition into school and begin the forming of the parent-teacher relationship so beneficial in supporting the child.
“Play is the highest form of research.” —Albert Einstein