Kimberton Waldorf School offers one of the area's only full-day, mixed-age kindergarten programs, serving children ages 4 to 6 years old. Our kindergarten program is carefully designed to respond to the developmental needs of the young child through creative, play-based learning.
Our offerings include a half-day kindergarten option, a full-day kindergarten option, as well as quality after-school childcare to accommodate the needs of working parents.
Children who participate in our full-day program are served a healthy, homecooked meal from our Food for Thought organic school lunch program, followed by a daily rest time---a peaceful and restorative element of the afternoon rhythm.
Wonder, reverence and awe are at the heart of the Waldorf Kindergarten experience. Our teachers work to establish a familiar daily rhythm that includes creative free play, a focus on domestic activities, and significant time spent outdoors. Drawing, handwork, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, wood work, and puppetry all nurture the child's imagination and preserve the innocence and innate wonder of early childhood. As they care for the classroom, bake, prepare nutritious snacks, lead circle time activities, and tell stories, our teachers lead by example and the children learn naturally through healthy imitation.
"The task of the kindergarten teacher is to adapt the practical activities of daily life so that they are suitable for the child's imitation through play. In the kindergarten, the most important thing is to give the children the opportunity to directly imitate life itself." -Rudolf Steiner, Founder of Waldorf Education
Every day the children engage the natural world with reverence through open-ended outdoor play, taking long walks on our beautiful 430 acre campus, and helping to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in our organic garden.
Circle time movements, along with indoor and outdoor play, strengthen each child's sense of balance and well-being, confidence, security and touch. This creates a solid foundation for the physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills that will be developed in their ongoing education.
"The kindergarten teacher nurtures the children's power of imagination, creative play and sensory integration that will be the foundation for academic learning and will prepare them for later learning and for life itself." -Susan Howard, Waldorf Early Childhood Expert
The teachers work closely with parents, and in this way, form a bridge for the child between home and school from the earliest years, creating a sense of security and trust.
Would you like to learn more about Kindergarten at Kimberton Waldorf School?
If so, we invite you to attend one of our admissions events. Each of these offerings has been carefully crafted to better acquaint you with our campus, our faculty, and our program options.