Nursery and Kindergarten
"Young children view the world with wonder and they give themselves fully to every experience. Waldorf teachers try to keep alive the children's natural sense of wonder and their sense of oneness and unselfconscious participation with the world."
~Roberto Trostli, from Rhythms of Learning, published 1998 by Anthroposophical Press
Nursery and Kindergarten Programs
Our young nursery and mixed-age kindergarten classes provide a bridge between home life and school. The Butterfly nursery serves our youngest students. Our Golden Forest and Sunflower Kindergarten classes include children from three to six years old. For children between the age of three and four years of age, teachers and parents will share observations and insights to determine a fitting placement.
"I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true for human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are so solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age."
--Henry David Thoreau, as cited by Jack Petrash in Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out