Our Early Childhood program is designed to nurture the body, mind, and soul of the young child. Children enter the world with a natural sense of wonder, adventure, and desire for harmony. Our faculty honors these innate qualities by providing an environment that fosters warmth, clarity, rhythm, and joy.
Waldorf Early Childhood classes allow children to learn through experience: to understand nourishment by rolling dough, develop fine motor skills by molding beeswax, observe lifecycles by planting seeds and bulbs, and appreciate nature by playing outdoors in all seasons, through sunshine, rain, sleet, or snow. The foundations of language are brought through nursery rhymes and storytelling, and the concepts of math are encountered through rhythmic games and the science of baking.
Each day includes a long period of active play, communal clean-up, crafts activities using natural materials, rest, and rituals surrounding mealtimes. Culturally diverse stories or puppet shows weave through the week, and celebrations ranging from birthdays to global holidays bring an air of excitement and worldliness to the classroom. In the nursery and kindergartens, teachers work to carefully draw out the emerging capacities of each child in order to ready them for grade school.