by Rachel Ullman
During this time of distance learning, our Early Childhood classes have transitioned to a virtual learning platform. Still, they maintain the emphasis on active, play-based learning that is rich in language, storytelling, and creative work, based around the season. As always, exploration of the seasons provides our children with the comfort and security of familiar rhythm - a cornerstone of the Waldorf Early Childhood curriculum. Additionally, our teachers are guiding families with suggested daily and weekly rhythms to help support their students at home.
Our Early Childhood teachers have prepared beautiful care packages of materials for families, dropped off to homes with loving care and respect for practicing safe and healthy delivery of the items. They have created wonderful visual and auditory offerings using video and audio recordings for their classes, so that parents can know how to use the materials with their children at home, as well as allowing the children to have the opportunity to see and hear their much-missed teachers. Occasional Zoom class gatherings among parents and children in the early childhood classes have also played a role in keeping the community connected.
Despite the changes all around them, our Early Childhood students at the Waldorf School of Princeton are held by the support of their distance learning curriculums. Through their Google classrooms, students access the curriculum through quality teacher-created content: puppet shows, songs and fingerplays, circle time stories and games, and lessons in crafting, painting, beeswax modeling, gardening, and more. The virtual platform may be new and different, but Learning in Real Life continues.