Our kindergarten classes meet weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Younger children may attend only Monday through Thursday, with four-a-half to five-and-a-half-year-olds in one kindergarten class, and five-and-half to six-and-a-half year olds in a separate kindergarten class.
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.
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.