Early Childhood



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 and 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 through  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.

 

Year by Year Child Development Article

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

 

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.

 

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.


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