Our youngest children are just learning to be members of a group! Our social guidance philosophy along with gentle encouragement helps to develop young students into young explorers who are ready to learn! Short blocks of time are planned for large-group activities such as music, read alouds and circle time while larger blocks of time are allotted for individual exploration and small-group activities. Alternate times for active and quiet play are provided to help children pace themselves and to help keep them engaged. Children’s social and emotional development are at the forefront of our planned daily experiences. Our NAEYC driven program and curriculum focuses on self-help skills and helps to establish the framework for each child’s identity as a learner as well as a team player.
Our PS II classroom is designed to continue fostering a love for learning while introducing children to small center objectives. Children begin to move through independent and teacher directed centers using developmentally appropriate time lines. Small group instruction allows our staff to create specific curriculum goals for each individual child. Regularly planned walking field trips help to incorporate the world around us into the classroom. Children make important connections about the community and their surroundings while they experience being part of a group; they are able to develop a love of learning that will remain with them through the rest of their school experience.
While the subject areas remain consistent as children advance through our preschool program, our NJ Certified Teachers base their lesson plans off of the NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards. Small class sizes allow our staff to better observe, tailor learning plans and assess students’ needs and development. Children focus on building their independence and self-help skills while encouraging their peers to help solve social conflicts. While the emphasis on kindergarten readiness continues, children learn self-reflection and what it means to be an active part of our classroom community.
Our School Age program is for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. We offer a Before Care program that runs from 7am-8:30am. Children have breakfast before walking down to Lambertville Public School with our staff. Staff remain with those children until the school day begins.
Our After Care program runs from 3pm-7pm. Lambertville Academy staff walk down to the Lambertville Public School at dismissal. Staff walk children back to our campus and then begin snack, homework instruction and gross motor activities. Children have the opportunity to self-select interest centers with teacher direction. Dramatic play, computer lab and S.T.E.M building activities are among a few of the choices available.
Our Preschool children spend the summer months traveling “Around the World” as they visit a different country each week. Some of our enrichment offerings, included in the summer tuition rate, are the Delaware & Raritan Canal Naturalist program, Bricks for Kidz (a Lego building program), walking trips to the Birdhouse Center for Music Education and Bouncy Book Time at the Lambertville Public Library. Children experience what our community has to offer while on nature walks, scavenger hunts and on field trips to local attractions. Our summer is sprinkled with Spirit Days that end in our school-wide Field Day celebration!
Session One is a before and after care program only and is designed to accommodate the need for wrap around care for youth attending summer camp programs in the area. Lambertville Academy staff walk children down to the City of Lambertville Recreational Camp and pick them up at its completion. If the City Recreational Program is cancelled due to weather, Lambertville Academy will host a full day program.
Session Two is a full day program from 7am-7pm. Daily activities include adventure walks throughout the city, small group and large group activities. Breakfast and snacks are provided at no additional cost. Full and partial week enrollment is available for children who have completed Kindergarten through age 13.