CLARK, NJ - Saint John the Apostle School, welcomed students and parents to their Early Childhood Program for the new school year recently.   Since that time students have been busy making new friends, learning to share, taking turns and playing in their new classrooms while simultaneously enjoying academic experiences.

Teachers work on cognitive development through playing independently and with instructor-directed activity.  Each classroom features hands on activities such as coloring, painting, playdough and blocks.  Teachers also integrate mathematics and reading skills in play-based activities. 

 Learning how to be a good classmate and follow the rules was turned into a fun game for one class recently.  While in another, students worked to create artwork.  During their time in school, Pre-K students learn letter recognition, letter sounds and numbers.   Students also participate in calming exercising which help promote self-regulation. 

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According to school officials, Saint John the Apostle School Early Childhood Program promotes academic learning, individual growth and character development in a safe, nurturing environment.  Balance is placed on social, emotional development and academic advancement.   Opportunities for children to develop independence are realized through activities that foster exploration and investigation. 

Each Pre-K class is staffed with two teachers.  Both full day and half options are available to families. Registration is ongoing.  Call the school office at 732-388-1360 for additional information or visit their website at

Saint John the Apostle School is a faith-centered academic community based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  They are committed to serve all regardless of race, nationality or religion.  To prepare students to be responsible adults in an ever-changing world, their goal is to focus on academic excellence as well as instill spiritual, moral and social values.