Early Childhood (2-6 years)
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.
Grade School (Grades 1-8)
Grade School students start the morning with Main Lesson. Planned around a block system of three- to six-week sessions, the Main Lesson allows for comprehensive study of core academic subjects, including math, language arts, history, geography, and science. The intellectual, artistic, and practical realms are present in both the overall curriculum and within each lesson. Math instruction is based in academic concepts, which are experienced through real world application, to create a tangible understanding of the quality of numeracy. Literacy is fostered through drama, artistic work, writing, and beautiful recitation of poetry.
The Grade School curriculum is interdisciplinary by design. Working alongside the class teacher, a group of specialist teachers introduce Grade School students to the other areas of the curriculum throughout the course of the day. These areas include Spanish Language, Handwork (development of fine motor skills, as well as laying the foundations for pattern recognition and coding), Gardening (connecting students to the environment, as well as responsible and sustainable citizenship), Music, Visual Arts, Eurythmy, and Movement and Games.