Our mixed-age (4-6 year-olds) Kindergarten meets weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Younger children attend only Monday through Thursday. The older children who attend on Fridays have a day outside in nature for the whole four hours. This year our outdoor Fridays are held at Adriana Hess Audubon Park located 10 minutes from the school.
The Waldorf Kindergarten is a warm, homelike environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable manner. The teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children can readily imitate (for example, baking, painting, gardening and handicrafts), adapting the work to the changing seasons and festivals of the year.
Kindergarteners play outside a good portion of every day, rain or shine. Our playground is a natural play area designed for climbing and creative play. The daily routine also includes a nature walk, circle work, art (watercolor painting, drawing, beeswax modeling, handcrafts), practical work (sewing, woodworking, baking, gardening and cleaning), indoor free play, rest, story time and a warm, nutritious snack.
Children’s power of imagination is awakened with stories carefully selected by the teacher. Free play helps children to experience many aspects of life more deeply and develop their own creativity. Circle time includes sequencing, sensory integration, eye-hand coordination tracking and the beauty of language which fosters a foundation for academic excellence.
Specialty teachers teach the children Eurythmy.
For further information about Waldorf early childhood education contact The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.