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)
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.
“Play is the highest form of research.” —Albert Einstein
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.