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Children learn best by doing, and in a Waldorf early childhood classroom children sing, paint, sew, bake, hammer, and saw. They perform puppet plays, dress up, and transform logs, chairs, and cloth into ships and castles, houses and trains. In addition, children spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, exploring and building, gardening and creating with their friends. This important first phase of life is the time to lay the foundations for learning to continue as the child grows.
The focus on imitative and imaginative play develops the power of creative thinking. During these years children develop problem-solving and social skills through daily interaction with other children and play materials. With a healthy physical development, an active imagination, and a true reverence for the world, children are ready for the challenging academics of the grade school years.
Each of our early childhood classes provides a warm, secure environment where the young child’s primary work is to play. In colorful rooms filled with natural playthings, preschool and kindergarten-aged children explore their imaginations, their physical abilities, their artistic impulses, and the natural world.
We offer a range of enrollment options that strive to meet the needs of young children and their families, including morning and extended-day, mixed-age classes either three or five days a week, pre- and after care, and weekly parent-child classes for the littlest ones.