Join us to feel what it’s like to spend a morning in a Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten. This is an opportunity for you and your child to come together; have a shared experience and to meet two of our current Kindergarten teachers.
We currently have opening for next year’s Kindergarten.
Please register ahead of time. Space is limited.
Call 879-7483 x. 2001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* If you cannot make this special event - you are welcome to sign up for one of upcoming all school tours.
The Waldorf Kindergarten program is based on an understanding of child development in which the child between birth and age seven develops and learns through imitation and imaginative play. Young children are open to every impression in their environment, absorbing the world through their senses and responding in the most active mode of knowing – imitation. We strive to create a beautiful home-like environment, with adult models worthy of imitation.
The Kindergarten child is capable of direct academic instruction; however, the Waldorf Kindergarten provides a program that more fully utilizes the energy of the young child through open-ended creative play, purposeful movement, language-rich circle and story times, reverence for the world of nature, and cultivation of community and social awareness.
Academic concepts are taught implicitly in the Waldorf Kindergarten program. Oral telling of fairy tales and multicultural stories with rich, nuanced vocabulary immerse children in vivid oral speech; develop phonemic awareness, a sense of story sequence, character development, language development, comprehension capacities, concentration skill, and strengthen imagination and creativity. Foundational mathematical concepts are experienced through practical activities such as: setting the table, baking, ordering, sorting, and patterning natural materials, and counting classmates for attendance. Engaging singing games incorporate counting both forwards and backwards, patterning, relative positions, concepts of shapes, addition, subtraction, more than, less than, and equal to. During creative free play, children explore the physical properties of objects, such as: mass, density, gravity, balance, and leverage through active use and observation of natural open-ended play objects. Problem-solving, sharing, taking, turns, and self-regulation are all capacities cultivated during play time. Just as a child lives in a rhythmical life of waking and sleeping, kindergarten provides the young child with a predictable rhythm for daily and weekly activities. Throughout the week, the kindergarten schedule includes: creative and open-ended play using simple wooden toys, music and verses accompanied by movement and gestures, as well as, mesmerizing nature stories and fairy tales. Practical activities include: gardening, baking, sewing, chopping, washing and folding. Artistic activities include: coloring, painting, and seasonal crafts. Children in the kindergarten spend extended time in nature, allowing their imagination and creativity to develop at a natural pace, creating a foundation of a lifelong love of learning.