The Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program (ages 3-6)

Our Early Childhood classes are warm and protective environments— rhythmically repetitive and secure programs in which your child will successfully make the transition from home to school.  The program gives children the opportunity for creative play, engaging them in activities that nurture their imaginative powers.

The Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program (ages 3-6)

The BWWS Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program fosters healthy intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. Each child’s unique developmental path is supported by the relationships they form with their teachers and the other children and parents in the group. The mixed-age setting allows children to develop confidence and social skills through purposeful activities and imaginative play, and the program lays a solid foundation for the academic work awaiting them in grade school.

A typical day may include:

  • Practical activities such as vegetable-chopping, woodworking, flour-grinding, bread-baking, and care of our classroom and outdoor environment, which supports feelings of belonging, responsibility and accomplishment.
  • Creative play both inside and outside, which nurtures the development of a healthy imagination and strong social relationships.
  • Circle-time games, songs, and integrated movement that celebrates our day and season.
  • Daily stories told orally and through puppetry, which introduce a rich vocabulary and build a strong foundation for literacy and sequential thinking.
  • Extensive outdoor time every day and in all elements, including rhythmic walks through our neighborhood park and campus play yard, tree-climbing, jump-roping, building, sculpting, and hands-on sensory play, all ofwhich builds strong bodies and a connection to the natural world.

Our Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program cultivates in children curiosity, creative thinking, self-confidence, compassion, and an enthusiasm for learning.

All children must turn 3 by June 1st. However, children turning 3 during the summer will be considered on an individual basis.  Children who have spent a year in our Parent and Child program will take priority over outside applicants.

3 half days/week or 3 full days/week
Monday – Wednesday.
8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

or

8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

5 days half day or 5 full day classes/week class
Monday – Friday.

All children must turn 3 by June 1st.

8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

or

8:15 a.m. – 2:45 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 available for half-day students.

 

“In a society that may be nudging children prematurely into adulthood, Waldorf schools try to preserve the magic and fairy-tale wonder of being a child.” –Parenting Magazine