Waldorf Academy offers exceptional opportunities for parents to place their young children in a safe, caring and educationally sensitive environment where you will find age-appropriate activities designed with a child’s intellectual, emotional, physical and social development in mind. Children are guided through their daily activities that include songs and games, indoor and outdoor free play, story time with puppets, nature activities and preparing a nutritious snack. Seasonal crafts, painting, gardening and baking are woven into each week. From the warmth and rhythm of the class, children develop a sense of security and confidence, make new friendships, and enjoy their connection with nature. CLICK HERE to go to Childcare website.
Toddlers 18 months – 2 ½ years
We take great care that the young child is in a beautiful and natural environment that is home-like with a caregiver who is nurturing.
Through our daily, weekly and seasonal rhythm, the child will feel secure and form a close bond with the care-giver. The movement/play curriculum emphasizes child-initiated activities that promote healthy musculoskeletal development, providing opportunities for unstructured, spontaneous movement in a safe environment. Traditional games and finger-plays provide opportunities for the children to imitate healthy movement, develop proprioception and increase both their small and large motor skills.
The children go outside in all but the most inclement weather. This helps them become more robust and strengthens their bond with the environment in which they live.
Emphasis is on loving human interaction with warm speech, live singing, verses, and stories rather than technology.
At certain times, this group may be mixed age, giving the children the experience of having ‘siblings’ to interact with and imitate, as in any family setting.
This program is geared toward helping the child find his/her way to connect with others in a social setting and to have a gentle transition into the routines of the Pre-School.
Pre-School 2 ½ – 4 years
Young children, filled with wonder and curiosity, see beauty and purpose in everything. The teacher’s role in this program is to foster this sense by creating an environment that is beautiful and natural, and an atmosphere that permits exploration of the natural world. Children will make independent discoveries through their experiences of this world and use these discoveries in their own creative play.
Children learn from their parents, each other, their teachers and the world around them by first seeing and then by imitating what they see. It is necessary at this age to provide them with as many experiences as possible, such as singing, dancing, creating music, puppet shows, crafts, baking, gardening, painting, beeswax modeling, creative movement, and dramatic play. In addition, time for free play, indoors and outdoors is essential as children need time to assimilate and synthesize what they have observed around them. The foundation for academic learning is laid through imitative play.
Our daily rhythm includes free play, time for snack preparation, outdoor time, group and story time with seasonal verses, and for full time a nutritious lunch, followed by rest time. The afternoon rhythm will continue with quiet free play time, the afternoon snack, outdoor play and the weekly activities.