Early Childhood

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion…imagination is more important than knowledge. — Albert Einstein

All children possess a fresh, natural sense of wonder and yearn to express this capacity in a social environment with other children. Our Early Childhood programs allow their childhood gifts to unfold in a gentle atmosphere of beauty, natural elements and human warmth.

THE CURRICULUM

The first seven years of a child’s life are devoted to the development of the physical body and PLAY is the child’s work in the Nursery & Kindergarten. Neural pathways in the developing brain are laid down through movement and imaginative play, building a strong foundation for later academic learning. Plenty of free, unstructured play encourages problem solving, creative thinking, and facilitates healthy social interaction. Children learn though imitating the world around them and if children are given the opportunity to imitate that which is beautiful, meaningful and true, then they are able to go forth in life with initiative and purpose.

Parents today are bombarded by contradictions when they look for advice about how to act with their children. We need, not another authority or set of rules by which to raise children, but a new way of seeing and understanding. — Rahima Baldwin Dancy, Author “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher”

THE CLASS TEACHER

The Early Childhood teacher is the model for the child demonstrating purposeful use of language, meaningful physical movement, and cultivation of beauty. The Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher is a specifically trained individual who, through rhythm, repetition and reverence, is able to create a wholesome environment that nurtures the physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of each child.