TRANSITONAL KINDERGARTEN

Classes for children ages 2 years 9 months to 4 years 9 months emphasizing imaginative play and the joyful imitation of real domestic work.
With his newly found sense of self, the preschool aged child is ready to explore a “wider world” between the home and the immediate community.

As the feeling life grows and expands, each day fills with new attractions, yet the young soul cannot by himself navigate safely amidst his own overwhelming likes and dislikes. The familiarity of his daily and weekly routines form the vessel that holds a child between the anticipation of every little joy and protection from life’s little sorrows. A strong rhythm, alternating between times of activity and times of rest, will carry him joyfully through the preschool day.
Honoring the need of the preschool aged child to find security in the familiarity of the home setting, this program seeks to offer a social experience in the Waldorf tradition of a beautiful, homelike environment. While “visiting Ms. Brandy,” little friends happily join together in real domestic work activities like bread- and soup-making, washing and ironing, as well as singing, painting and free imaginative play.
Held in our licensed building on the Rawhide campus, these classes give children a meaningful social experience, while giving their parents a needed and well-deserved break.

KINDERGARTEN

Classes for children ages 4 years 9 months to 6 years plus. The task of the kindergarten teachers is to provide a curriculum appropriate to this stage of child development.

Our Kindergarten provides a loving home-like setting with predictable rhythms that meet the young child’s abilities and developmental needs. Everything in the Kindergarten is nurturing and purposeful, from the natural toys and surroundings to the wise Kindergarten teacher melodically singing, “Follow, follow, follow…” each time she “magically” guides the children to and from the play yard.
A Waldorf Kindergarten, by design, is free from formal academics and instead focuses on developing strong bodies and a lively imagination, which are the foundation of learning as they move on into the Lower Grades. Our Kindergarten gently stimulates the development of curiosity, verbal capacities, sequencing, sensory integration, memory, social skills and motor skills that are essential for later learning and are the foundations for academic excellence.

The children in our Kindergarten…

  • Explore the natural world with their senses
  • Develop their attention and language skills by listening to, reciting, and acting out stories, poems and nursery rhymes and singing songs with the teacher
  • Play freely with objects that can be transformed in the their imagination
  • Are nurtured by the safety and comfort of a rhythmical daily and weekly routine
  • Experience healthy, active gross and fine motor movement through play and life skills, such as sewing, woodworking, baking, and housekeeping
  • Enjoy outside play every day in our dedicated Kindergarten play yard
  • Enjoy a delicious, healthy snack prepared in the classroom
  • Express themselves artistically through watercolor painting, beeswax crayon drawing and crafts
  • Develop their imagination as a foundation for creative and critical thinking