We recognize the significance of experiences in early childhood for an individual’s later development and use age appropriate approaches for teaching. Our curriculum is based on the ideas of Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner whose insights into the developing consciousness of the human being have now been verified by modern neuro-physiological studies.
We achieve international curricular standards through waldorf strategies in our practices.
Power of Play
We view play as the serious work of childhood, and learning by doing provides the foundation for active imagination, problem solving, and creative thinking. We build the foundation for cognitive learning through a variety of play and work activities.
Children explore themselves through creating play that helps them to build cognitive, social,creative,emotional potential for future academic acquisition in the kindergarten.
Journey through the Seasons
Journeying with the children through the seasons of the year, through festivals, nature walks, gardening, and craft activities, we bring a sense of wonder and reverence for nature. Through cooperative and careful work indoors and outdoors we encourage respect for both the environment and one another.Many concepts also reveal themselves to the children.Children build their observation potential through these activities.
Cooking, Painting, and More
Concentration, small muscle development, and eye-hand coordination are all essential to reading writing and mathematics. Activities that promote these skills include cooking, braiding, finger crocheting, sewing, modeling with beeswax, crayoning, watercolor painting, and others.
A further contribution to language development is our practice of storytelling. In this way the child’s memory is developed along with a sense for the beauty and expressiveness of language. Some stories are presented as puppet plays.
Poetry and Singing
Daily circle time features poems, games, and songs that further build language skills and also provide the basis for mathematics skills through counting games and rhymes.Language becomes a living component through these.
Gardening is a wonderful and enriching experience for the children. Throughout the seasons the children, faculty and parents all are able to assist in planting at the school. Each class tends to its own garden plots by planting flowers, and vegetables during the spring and fall. As a result, the children are able to see for themselves the fruits of their labor. They enjoy decorating the classroom with the flowers, and eating the vegetables for snack!