The Moorestown Friends School Early Childhood Program

Video – Cubetto in Preschool Coding Class

Video – Cubetto in Preschool Coding Class

Cubetto in Preschool Coding Class To introduce the concept of coding, preschoolers met Cubetto, a small wooden robot that is programmed with puzzle pieces. The young coders identified what they noticed about the robot (it has wheels, it turns on, it has a face) before...
Photo Gallery – Preschool/Prekindergarten Grandparents Day

Photo Gallery – Preschool/Prekindergarten Grandparents Day

Grandparents Discover What It’s Like to be in Preschool/PreK at MFS Each spring, grandparents and special friends are invited to join their preschoolers and prekindergarteners for a morning visit in the classroom. The students excitedly give their grandparents a...
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...
Photo Gallery – Forest Fridays in Preschool

Photo Gallery – Forest Fridays in Preschool

Forest Fridays Allow Children to Explore the Natural World Stephanie Morris and Garrett McVaugh take their preschool classes to the wooded area near the community garden and Hartman Hall for “Forest Fridays” every week. Lessons and activities are conducted...
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...
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 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...
Preschoolers Learning about Marine Life from First Grade

Preschoolers Learning about Marine Life from First Grade

Project-Based Learning in Preschool Preschoolers in Stephanie Morris‘s class have been studying a unit about boating and fishing since the fall. They have built a boat in their classroom, observed Head of School Larry Van Meter’s canoe at the Head’s...
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...
Kelly’s Korner: Conflict Resolution Skills

Kelly’s Korner: Conflict Resolution Skills

From the desk of Lower School Director Kelly Banik Preschool Conflict is Normal but Complex With the start of the school year behind us, the children are settling into their studies and finding ways to connect with each other and the curriculum in deeper and more...
Project-Based Learning through Birthday Parties in Preschool

Project-Based Learning through Birthday Parties in Preschool

Creating a Preschool Birthday Study Curriculum to Engage Students Preschool students in Stephanie Morris’s class have been enjoying a unit based on the theme of birthday celebrations. Three- and four-year-old students are writing invitations, wrapping presents,...
Lower School Coding Program Featured in National Media

Lower School Coding Program Featured in National Media

The Courier-Post featured an article recently that was picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in the Washington Times, Miami Herald, and more… Moorestown Friends School teaches young students coding MOORESTOWN – Third-grader Matthew Will went to the front of...