A Walk Through the Woods

of Waldorf: A Parent's
Perspective on the Early
Childhood Experience

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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.

Our Butterfly Young Nursery program runs from 8:30-12:30 Monday through Wednesday, and includes a one-day (Monday), two-day (Tuesday-Wednesday) or all-three-day option (Monday - Wednesday).

We offer four-day (Monday - Thursday ) and five-day (Monday - Friday) Kindergarten programs that run from 8:30-12:30. New beginning in the Fall of 2013 will be a three-day option (Monday-Wednesday) for our youngest kindergarten students. This option will be assessed and approved on a case-by-case basis where it is determined to be in the best interests of the young student to be in attendance fewer days per week.

We also offer an Extended Care program until 5:30 for nursery and kindergarten students that are at least 2-1/2 years old and potty-trained.

For more information about the philosophy of these programs, visit our "Educational Programs/Early Childhood" page.

"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

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