Intergenerational Program (From the Heart)
In increasing numbers around the country and in places throughout the world, new initiatives are being developed aimed at bringing together young children and older adults, particularly in the childhood education setting.
- Such initiatives are called Intergenerational Programs and have been shown to improve the level of affection and cognitive stimulation available to children in the classroom as well as demystify stereotypes and negative attitudes towards the elderly.
- Whitehouse Prep proudly supports an intergenerational program that it called From the Heart™.
- As part of the From the Heart™ program, older adults are invited to the school to interact with the children on various projects and activities, many of which are hobbies of the older person.
- These activities are planned well in advance and there is ample guidance and supervision provided by the school’s staff.
- While the children benefit enormously from such a program, the lives of the older adults are enhanced and improved as well. From the Heart™ is an exceptional win-win program for both the School and our community.
- If you would like to learn more about the From the Heart™ program or possibly volunteer, please call 908-534-0026
. . . . with good training and encouragement from the staff, senior adults can be very effective in increasing the level of affection and cognitive stimulation available to children in the classroom environment.
— Penn State University Developing an Intergenerational Program in Your Early Childcare and Education Center: A Guidebook for Early Childhood Practitioners.
Conflict Resolution Program
Whitehouse Prep is committed to establishing a fair, equitable and cooperative school environment.
- The school incorporates a Conflict Resolution and Character Education curriculum that seeks to develop, at a very early stage in a child’s development, basic skills and tools for children to use in working collaboratively with one another and for managing inter-personal conflict fairly and without resorting to aggressive behavior and bullying.
- By providing a curriculum that places an emphasis on the importance of respecting differences, collaboration and resolving conflict through peaceful means, our students learn vital social and emotional skills (too often overlooked in our public schools) that they will need in order to live more fulfilling, productive and enriching lives.
- This program will be offered in conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and all teachers have specific training in Conflict Resolution, Character Education and Anti-Bullying instruction.
Our conflict resolution curriculum also includes a Mini-Court mock trial the K-II students perform in the spring in which they role play all the participants of a real trial.
Using material provided by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Whitehouse Prep offers its students the opportunity to be involved in an age-appropriate mock trial in which they role play the lawyers, parties, witnesses, jurors, bailiff and, yes, even the Judge Our feature trial is the case of The Three Bears v. Goldilocks. We are all wondering whether Goldilocks was simply an innocent unsuspecting guest who meant no harm or uninvited stranger looking to cause trouble?? I guess we will all just have to wait to see the outcome of the trial and what the jury thinks! Until then, our children will be learning basic precepts of our legal system and, more importantly, about truth telling, doing the right thing, the importance of being honest, taking responsibility for your actions and accepting the consequences for your actions.
These are all important life skills that can be instilled as early as pre-kindergarten. This is a real treat!
Nature and the Natural World
A fundamental theme at Whitehouse Prep is “nature” and the notion that we develop, both as individuals and as a community, in accordance with a natural process that must be understood, appreciated and respected.
- There are no short cuts in terms of child development and in that regard, the law of the farm certainly applies: “You cannot harvest in the fall what you have not sowed and cultivated months before in the spring.”
- These principles are shown to our students through various means, though with an emphasis on involving them in a variety of gardening, planting and animal projects. This program is closely integrated with our intergenerational program as well.
- The “nature” theme is also demonstrated in our natural playground.