The All Day Program aims to provide a home away from home. Recognizing the afternoon needs of the young child, the program moves at a slower pace. Extra time is given to work on learning to tie a shoe lace or to making the zipper on a jacket work. As in our morning programs, the emphasis is on simple daily living. The joy of finding a flower for the afternoon snack table, setting the table for others, tending our simple vegetable patch, gathering vegetables for tomorrow’s snack, bringing in the laundry before the rain fairies come to visit, or engaging in a special seasonal craft are all activities that nurture the young child.
Led by the Morning and Afternoon teachers, All Day Rosebud Garden and Kindergarten children come together in the Red Rose room and share a family style organic hot meal provided by our school lunch program, Food for Thought. The children then transition into the White Rose room for a quiet rest time. The room is made cozy with the curtains drawn and soft blankets to rest in. Simple lyre music or a gentle lullaby is heard by the children. After a busy morning, this quiet time provides children with a much needed rest.
Following rest time, we play outside weather permitting. During this time, the children may also help to prepare a simple, wholesome snack before going home at 3:10. The program extends and is available until 5:30 under the care of the same familiar teachers. Rhythm is an essential component in Waldorf Early Childhood programs, and at KWS, we have created a gentle, healthy rhythm for the day that is, above all, a consistent one. A loving bridge from morning to afternoon, the All Day Program provides children with a familiar environment and the care of experienced, Waldorf-trained teachers.
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Our all day kindergarten program provides a rhythm and consistency in having your child in one nurturing and healthy environment. Oftentimes, we do not have direct control over job schedules and demands in our workplace. Driving children from one setting to the next throughout the day and week does not allow the space and time for them to truly engage in creative, imaginative play. Our program offers this opportunity in an environment that the children already knows and enjoy.