E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D
The Waldorf Early Childhood Program optimally addresses the needs of preschoolers and kindergartners by being keenly aware of a child’s inner and outer growth and development. Our Waldorf-trained teachers are experts in the social, physical and emotional development of young children. Our programs focus on three areas that are critical to children at this age but are sometimes forgotten in other preschool settings:
Imitation – Imitation is the best way for a young child to learn. We provide an environment worthy of imitation through song, stories and verse and activities such as cooking, baking, sewing, woodworking, and gardening.
Play – Play allows a child to learn through doing and to develop social skills. Countless studies have shown how important free play is to the development of self-regulation, self-discipline, imagination and much more. This NPR story does a wonderful job explaining the problems caused by a lack of free play in children.
Rhythm – Whether it’s the words of a song, activities of the day, or the seasons – rhythm develops a feeling of security in a child, allowing him to move through the world with ease and confidence.
The seeds planted in our Early Childhood Program will manifest later in your child’s life as a love of learning, social and emotional intelligence, the ability to think creatively and solve problems, an appreciation for beauty and the arts and a deeper connection to the world. For more information on the developmental approach of Waldorf early childhood education, visit Waldorfeducation.org.
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