Wonder, reverence, and awe are at the heart of the Kimberton Waldorf kindergarten experience
Our kindergarten program provides a warm and nurturing foundation for young children and allows unhurried time for exploration and nature-based learning. We create an inviting, carefully structured and intentional atmosphere in all of our kindergarten classrooms. Vigorous, healthy play and sensory stimulation provide the activities needed for language development, dexterity, math skills, social skills and creative thinking. Circle time movements, along with indoor and outdoor play, strengthen each child’s sense of well-being, confidence, security and touch. This builds a healthy lifestyle and creates a solid foundation for the physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills that will be further developed in their ongoing education.
Our program is carefully designed to respond to the developmental needs of young children through creative, play-based learning and outdoor education. Our teachers work closely with parents in a way that forms a bridge for the child between home and school from the earliest years. This not only builds a sense of community, but also creates a foundation of security and trust.
“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 kindergarten, the most important thing is to give the children the opportunity to directly imitate life itself.”
– Rudolf Steiner, Founder of Waldorf Education
Our Kindergarten Classroom program encourages children to learn through play, purposeful work, and practical and artistic activities. Our children develop lifelong capacities for creative thinking, healthy foundational senses, self-confidence, and readiness and excitement for academic learning.
Kindergarten Classroom 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, woodwork, 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.
Explore Our Full-Day or Half-Day Options
Children who participate in our full-day program have the option to purchase a healthy, home-cooked meal from our organic school lunch program, Food For Thought, or bring a lunch from home. The children then transition into a quiet rest time as they unwind from their morning activities. Following rest time, the children play outside until the full-day program ends at 3:10 PM. We also offer quality after-school childcare to accommodate the needs of working parents. With the aftercare program, the day can then extend until 5:30 PM.