Our Early Childhood Program is an extension of the family experience; a step between home and formal schooling.
We offer four classrooms in our program:
The Bluebell Garden and the Dahlia Garden – These two classrooms are for three and four year old children. This program serves as an extension of home as children are gently led through a warm and nurturing day that includes plenty of outdoor time, free play and modeling of adult behavior.
The Lilac Garden and the Lavender Garden – These two classrooms are for our older preschool and Kindergarten children. The mixed age environment is a unique opportunity for children to both learn and teach one another in a structured and secure, unhurried day.
The day’s activities unfold in an unhurried way with each day following the same rhythm, giving the child a sense of security and consistency. The program is based on the understanding that young children learn primarily through imitation and play.
Our preschool and kindergarten teachers focus on fostering the small child’s imagination and creativity through storytelling, music, outdoor play and artistic activities. Early academic foundations are formed through these activities. As just a few examples, beeswax modeling cultivates small motor skills, puppetry helps children develop memory and language acuity, and nature walks increase large motor abilities and scientific curiosity. The sharing of practical activities such as snack preparation and clean up starts the child on the path toward personal responsibility and respect for others.
Learn More About Waldorf Early Childhood Education:
- Play Based vs. Academic Preschools — Science and Education Research
- A Typical Day: See A Child’s Typical Day in our Early Childhood Program.
- Preschool Classroom Design Matters — The Science of Waldorf Classroom Design.
- Waldorf vs. Montessori Education: Core Differences
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