Curriculum and Developmental Philosophy
Our curriculum is based on a developmental philosophy, meaning that children are unique and develop at their own pace when in a supportive, enriched environment. Children are grouped chronologically to mirror the experience they will have when they enter private or public elementary school programs. The day is a combination of child directed and teacher directed activities.
Classrooms are arranged in learning centers, so that children can select from a range of areas in which to work and play – science, building blocks and trucks (math), art (pre-writing and small muscle development), housekeeping and dress up (social development and imagination), computers, library and table toys/puzzles.
At other times of the day, teachers ask the children to follow directions, such as cleaning up, washing hands for snack or after toileting, getting coats, hats and mittens on to play out of doors, coming to circle to hear story or share show and tell, or to sing and dance together. (Yes, we love music at Harmony; you can tell by our name!)
These routines are the building blocks for learning and success in future years.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of The Harmony Schools, Inc. is to provide high quality, comprehensive early childhood programs for children, resulting in peace of mind and satisfaction for their parents. We foster independent, cognitive and emotional growth for each child by creating nurturing learning environments.
Our program offers a developmental curriculum implemented by dedicated professionals in chronologically age-based classrooms, enhanced by the latest materials and technology. The vehicle for shaping this environment is a participative management team, sensitive to best practices in early childhood research and business.
Our focus has always been, and continues to be, an awareness of the Harmony of relationships that are at the center of a superior early childhood program – the Child, the Parent, and the School. Symbolic of our forward thinking, the original 3-part Harmony now recognizes a 4th voice, the business community.
Our goal is controlled growth through continued excellence in education, business, and human development with respect for the diverse world that our children will inherit.
it takes a village!
A Princeton Forrestal Village, to be exact! Prospective families often ask us what sets us apart from our competitors. While there are several reasons, one of the primary among them is our location. Being a part of the greater Forrestal Village community offers us many benefits that we take advantage of on a daily basis. Our infant classrooms take stroller walks throughout the Village twice a day, and our older children also frequently take advantage of being within a safe neighborhood with sidewalks. They especially enjoy seeing the decorations around the fountain change with each season!
We are able to incorporate intergenerational programming into the curriculum with the nearby Windrows and Atrium facilities. We have visiting senior guest readers from Windrows who join us in the classroom once a week. We also plan seasonal presentations with our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, when we walk to Atrium to sing to the “grandmas and grandpas.”
Our families have the option of signing their children up for swim lessons at Five Star Swim School, Princeton Dance Theater for ballet lessons, and Princeton Shotokan for Martial Arts. Our neighbors at the Westin Hotel allow us to use their tennis courts so that our older students can take tennis lessons, and we host graduation in the Westin Ballroom each year. We arrange walking “field trips” to Pinot’s Palette and STEAM Works Studio. All of these special programs are built into the course of a child’s school day, so there is no pressure on our families to schedule additional activities into their busy work weeks or weekends.