At Princeton, children do not role play, our children carry out practical life activities which not only build a sense of responsibility, but is also so much more fun. When we talk about the environment we mean everything in the world around us that surrounds and affects all life on earth, including the air, food chains, the water cycle, plants, animals and other humans.


The road towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future must start with inspiring our children. They are going to inherit the earth, so it is important, firstly, that we leave them the world in better shape than we acquired it, and secondly, that children are enthused and excited about living ‘green’ lives while learning the value and ethics of every day work that we adults do. In short, it’s wise to start sooner rather than later!


Each fall, spring and summer, the students participate in gardening. Gardening gives children a chance to learn an important life skill, one that is overlooked in standard school curriculum. Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.


Over time, most parents want children to accept ownership for a task or chore – the children do it because it needs to be done and accept that it is their obligation to do it. Over time, they may even initiate doing a task “because it needs to be done” – not because they are being told to do it. This attitude would be called responsibility.

Our students have come to love taking on the responsibility of helping with meal preparations, serving and even clean up. We credit this to the fact that practical life is the first thing that students are introduced to upon entering Princeton Preparatory Schools. Practical Life activities include pouring, sweeping, tying, zipping, and buttoning, washing as well as grace and courtesy. The Practical Life Curriculum increases a child’s concentration, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, sense of order, building the process of finishing a work. These experiences lead to the development of independence and foster relationships with others.