Early Childhood Programs
There is nothing like your first glimpse into a Waldorf preschool or kindergarten classroom. You might first notice the soft pastel colors that surround you. Perhaps you’ll be intrigued by the natural wooden toys. Maybe you’ll be amazed at how busy the children are – so much so that it is likely they won’t even notice you! Some children might be grinding wheat to make their own loaves of bread or they might be stacking wooden crates and pretending they are animals in the zoo. You immediately get swept away and feel nurtured, interested, and alive. Imagine how the students feel each day!
Kimberton Waldorf School offers several programs for young children in our Rosebud Garden preschool and our Kindergarten. Rosebud Garden is located around the corner from the main campus, at 221 Hickory Grove Road.
Central to all is the preservation of childhood. Our Early Childhood teachers strive to preserve the innocence and innate wonder of early childhood by creating a secure, inviting, joyful environment. The day unfolds in a natural way following a dependable rhythm that gives the children a sense of security and consistency. Drawing, watercolour painting, beeswax modelling, baking, handwork, woodwork, storytelling, puppetry, and outdoor play are among the activities that nourish the children’s natural sense of awe and wonder and create an environment worthy of imitation. At Kimberton, children bake bread, they develop dexterity through finger-knitting and working with beeswax, they tend a garden, and they are enriched with nature stories, puppet plays, storytelling and festivals. Seasonal activities such as planting bulbs, raking leaves, gathering fruit or making jam nurtures a reverence for the natural world.
The toys in our Early Childhood programs are simple: wooden toys, shells, stones, logs, branches, colored fabrics, sheep's wool, and cloth dolls. With these simple toys, imaginative play is nurtured and transforms into creative, independent thought in later stages of learning.
Briar Rose Forest provides a natural forest setting as an environment that will support creative, self-initiated play of the young child. To provide a direct experience of nature and the seasons so that a healthy relationship with nature can develop. To make possible the daily experience of the beauty, wonder and awe of the forest. To learn to care for nature by becoming stewards of Briar Rose Forest by developing a healthy, loving relationship with the forest as a natural environment to be cared for and explored.
Our program has been awarded the highest level of certification by LifeWays North America. LifeWays® programs recognize that human relationship and activity are the essential tools for all foundational skills for life. In infancy and early childhood, daily life experience is the “curriculum” through which your child experiences healthy life rhythms and routines. Beauty, comfort, security, and connection to the living world of nature form the basis for the “Living Arts.” Click here to learn more about LifeWays North America.