Early Childhood

“If a child has been able in his play to give up
his whole being to the world around him,
he will be able in the serious tasks of later life
to devote himself with confidence and power
to the service of the world.”
— Rudolf Steiner

In the pre-school and kindergarten years, great emphasis is placed on the development of a strong and deeply-rooted creative capacity. The overall environment, the unique play materials, and the chosen activities all contribute to fostering the child’s natural powers of wonder and fantasy. For instance, the play materials are chosen so as to allow the greatest amount of the child’s own imagination to come into play. The more possible uses for a toy, the better. When the child is required to really “clothe” his play materials with his own powers of imagination, the truly living forces within him become activated.

Another important aspect in the development of a strong imaginative life is the use of Fairy Tales. The art of storytelling is really alive in the Kindergarten as the Fairy Tales are told, rather than read, by the teacher. The child’s imagination is active because the pictures need to be created inwardly as the story unfolds. The young child experiences the world more pictorially than the logical mind of the adult, and Fairy Tales provide an inner nourishment because they contain archetypal truths about the world in picture form.

Small children are beings of will and imitation, identifying themselves with each gesture, intonation, mood, and thought in their environment, and making these their own in the free activity of creative, imaginative play. It is the kindergarten teachers’ task to create an environment worthy of a small child’s unquestioning imitation and to educate the child’s unconscious through the warmth, clarity, rhythm, and harmony of the world she/he creates and with which the child so actively identifies.

Given the right environment and encouragement, the young child exhibits a fountain of creativity never again to be equaled in the course of his/her life. Deepening this capacity prepares the proper ground for a truly alive and mobile thinking to emerge.

Transitional Kindergarten

We offer a 2 day, 3 day and 5 day option beginning at 8:30am until 12:30pm with an optional nap time pick up at 3pm Monday – Wednesday. Children must be a minimum of 2 years 9 months and potty trained.

Parent & Tot Program

For children under 2 years 9 months, we offer a Parent & Tot program on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings from 9-11am. Cook, play and hear stories together with your child. For more information, call Kellae Brown at (209) 984-0454.


News & Updates
  • School Tours

    Walk-through-the-grades are scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month beginning at 8:30am. Furture tours are February 13, March 13, April 10 and May 15. To reserve a spot, contact our office at (209) 984-0454 or enrollment@sierrawaldorf.com.

  • Spots Still Available for the 18/19 School Year!

    Sierra Waldorf School has begun but we still have some open spots for the 18/19 school year for parent & tot, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1st-5th. Enrollment packets are available as are school tours. Call (209) 984-0454 or email at enrollment@sierrawaldorf.com for more information.

  • Medieval Knights – Spring Auction March 16th!

    Merry men and maidens banquet where we will feast, partake in craft beers, meade, spirits and coffee, bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and dance the evening away. Doors open at 5pm, dinner served 5:30-7:30pm, live auction 8-9pm, and dancing 9pm-midnight! We are gathering auction items until Feb. 15th. Tickets are on sale, please visit click on the header for ticket info.
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