Play is the heart of the Waldorf kindergarten. Through imaginative free play children develop social skills and the capacity for creative thinking and problem solving. Free play is balanced with more structured activities such as watercolor painting, handwork, seasonal crafts, and movement. Nature walks to Volunteer Park give children the opportunity to follow the changing seasons. Activities include:
- Listening to stories and watching puppet plays, which cultivate the imagination and strengthen the child’s ability to concentrate.
- Songs and rhymes inspire a love of language and music.
- Counting games and rhythmic activities lay the foundation for math skills.
- Baking bread, preparing snacks together, and cleaning up encourage cooperation and a sense of responsibility.
- Skills for academic work are developed with daily activities such as beeswax modeling, finger knitting, participation in story circle time, and nature walks.
These activities enrich the early childhood experience in daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms that create a bridge between home and school.
Half-day and Full-day Kindergarten
All children must turn 4 by June 1 prior to entry. Students born between June 1 and August 31 will be assessed by the school on individual readiness.
5 days/week class
Monday – Friday.
– Half-day option: 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
– Full-day option: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Extended day care is available from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for students who attend the full-day program. There is no extended day care available for half-day students.
“If young children have been able in their play to give up their whole loving beings to the world around them, they will be able in later life to devote themselves with confidence and power to the service of the world.” Rudolf Steiner