A Waldorf Early Childhood classroom is a magical place. Entering a Waldorf classroom for the first time, many parents experience a feeling that “oh yes, this is childhood as it should be.” From the handcrafted toys to the nature table, to the lovely draped silks, the whole room welcomes the child to a day filled with imagination and inspiration.
When we look at the first seven years of a child’s life, we see that the young child learns through doing. The child wants to move, explore, create. A natural impulse to imitate the world about them propels children to action. Imitation through play of what is meaningful and true in life is the most important activity for a young child. The Waldorf teacher strives to create an environment worthy of the child’s imitation, and to value and nurture the child’s innate capacity for wonder, reverence, and awe. The simple toys, the beautiful books, the soft color of the room, the nourishing, healthful food, the poems, stories, and songs are seeds planted now which will spring forth in later life.
Waldorf early childhood education provides a protective and nurturing environment where imagination and creativity flourish. Children participate in supervised outdoor play and explorations, singing, games, storytelling, puppetry, painting, coloring, beeswax modeling, sewing, cleaning, baking, gardening, and seasonal crafts. By learning through play, and through participating in activities which are part of life, they develop listening skills, fine motor skills, social skills, concentration, and other skills necessary for academic success. But more importantly, they develop a love of learning, an appreciation of beauty, and a strong connection to the world in which we live.
Nursery Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm
Kindergarten House: Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm
(Aftercare 12:30pm-3:00; Kindergarten Aftercare can include 3:00-5:00pm)