Moorestown Children's School
The journey through Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten, is a broad path through a varied landscape. If we restrict this developmental journey into a planned itinerary, moving children from planned step to planned step, opening and closing gates based on the time that has passed, or on a few externally observable milestones, we limit the child's access to authentic discovery and individual growth. Each child acquires the skills and experiences of these years in a fashion all their own.
The Young Preschool Thinker
Children want to participate as powerfully as possible in their world.
We support, in every child, a sense of well-being.
We help children establish themselves as a friend and a learner.
We develop the children's ability to share space and resources in a purposeful way,
as a responsible individual and as a member of a group.
What is essential?
The richest environment,
indoors, and outdoors,
preferably in nature
People who care
Experiences and expectations
matched to the child's neurological development
Ask us about the importance of outdoor play, risk taking, and the problem with "right answers."
As children grow, they seek the excitement and fun of more challenging physical and intellectual exploration. Children who are allowed to "vote with their feet" in joining activities and seeking the company of peers will find their own level of challenge and engagement as they grow. Within a nurturing community, risk-taking is supported in and out of the classroom! As children develop, we increase our attention to art, poetry and rhyme, literacy, phonemic and phonological awareness, vocabulary, reading skills, stories rich with imagery, counting, mathematical reasoning, intellectual challenges, and a second language. This is largely accomplished without looking like school - often through activities that engage children in play. Our understanding of development allows us to craft our plans to fit each child's individual readiness and motivation. Our combination of small groups, individualized schedules and collaborative staff has made Moorestown Children's School a warm and friendly place of growth and success for all of the children.