The Moorestown Friends School Early Childhood Program

Preschool Cleanup Strategies

Preschool Cleanup Strategies

Supporting Preschool Cleanup We have all been there. Young children have been actively engaged in play, and as a result there is a large collection of toys strewn all over the playroom or classroom. We look at this mess and at times feel a sense of dread for the...
Intentional Waiting in Preschool

Intentional Waiting in Preschool

Slowing Down in Daily Life Interactions Between Adults and Children Spring has arrived at our Moorestown Preschool. The warm weather has filled us with wonder as we joyfully observe budding flowers and blossoming trees. There is new energy in our preschool classroom....
Pausing to See the Big Picture

Pausing to See the Big Picture

The other day I worked alongside a substitute teacher in our Moorestown preschool. It had been a number of months since she had worked with me and my class of preschool students, and midway through the morning she commented: “I can’t believe how much [the children]...
Growing Young Preschool Leaders

Growing Young Preschool Leaders

Beginnings at MFS – Inside the Classrooms! At our Open House on Tuesday, April 18 (9-10:30 a.m.), parents can get an inside look at the progression through the Beginnings at MFS program. You’ll spend 10-15 minutes in a Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten...
Preschool Parental Support: What Can I Do At Home?

Preschool Parental Support: What Can I Do At Home?

Preschool Parental Support Can Support Growth and Connection In my last post, I wrote about the importance of parent-teacher communication. As I look forward to our upcoming parent-teacher conferences, my mind turns to the question “What does preschool parental...
Supporting Parent-Teacher Communication

Supporting Parent-Teacher Communication

Parent-Teacher Communication Supports Children’s Joy for School Sending your child to school for the first time is a big deal. Not only is this a new adventure for preschool students, but it also is new territory for parents. Parent-Teacher communication can...
The Concept of Yet in Preschool

The Concept of Yet in Preschool

Defining the Concept of “Yet” for Preschool When the Beginnings at MFS and Lower School faculty at Moorestown Friends School gathered for opening meetings in August to prepare for the school year, Third Grade Teacher Ted Quinn shared a professional...
Fostering Independence at our Moorestown Preschool

Fostering Independence at our Moorestown Preschool

Supporting Independence in Preschool Students Growing independence in preschool is one of the joys of working with young children. It is a pleasure to watch preschool students encounter new frontiers, take new risks, and discover new abilities.  This can be hard work....
Creating Rich Spaces for Preschool Children

Creating Rich Spaces for Preschool Children

A Preschool Environment Acts a Teacher In my Preschool classroom much thought is given to the use of space and materials.  I strive to create rich preschool environments in which children can find possibility, and, at the same time, purpose. This can be a delicate...
Preschool Conflict Resolution Part Two:  Reactive Problem Solving

Preschool Conflict Resolution Part Two: Reactive Problem Solving

Guiding Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten Students in Reactive Conflict Resolution Last week we examined proactive conflict resolution, strategies which help children develop problem-solving skills. We thought about how this technique of conflict resolution...
Preschool Conflict Resolution Part One:  Proactive Problem Solving

Preschool Conflict Resolution Part One: Proactive Problem Solving

Preschool Conflict Resolution Strategies In my mind, there are two ways in which we can support children in conflict resolution: proactive strategies and reactive strategies. Both of these are important as we teach children the art of resolving their conflicts. As I...
The Value of Sustained Exploration

The Value of Sustained Exploration

Sustained Exploration Motivates Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten Students We all can cite an example of when our preschool, prekindergarten, or kindergarten aged children have immersed themselves in a single activity for a long period of time, deeply...
Teaching the Value of Sharing

Teaching the Value of Sharing

How can we empower Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten Children to be Active Sharers? Imagine the following situation: Susie is playing with a truck in the sandbox. Jalen comes over and says that he wants the truck. Susie turns away and keeps playing. This...