Child development proceeds in stages. The child, until the age of seven, is developing their body and their own will as a healthy foundation for their life.
To be grounded in one’s body is a gift in today’s world. Real life skills are not as needed as in past generations and more of our life is oriented toward virtual connections and realities. Young children are at risk of being taken up into a virtual world and losing the development stage of connecting through their body to real life experiences.
Children make an immediate connection to the warm and nurturing Waldorf-inspired classroom and program. The teacher works to provide an environment that enhances the deep sense of wonder, joy and imagination of young children.
Waldorf kindergarten children are healthy, joyful and have a readiness to learn that prepares them for Grade One and for life. The task of the early childhood educator is to model wholesome work in the context of home and nature that will imitated by the child in their free play and create in them a deep connection to their own creativity, work and will.
The Kindergarten Program includes activities such as:
- Life skills: cooking, baking, gardening, woodworking, nature walks, indoor & outdoor play
- Artistic skills: watercolour painting, crayon drawing and crafts
- Cultural activities: storytelling, drama, fairy tales, puppetry, singing, verses & poems, movement and seasonal festivals
The program is 5 days a week from 8:30 to 3:00. Parents may choose 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day options. Half or full days are also an option. The program is limited to 8 children with 1 teacher. After School Care is available. Children bring their own lunch and snacks are provided.