“I am confident that the education they have received will make them individuals who can and will take the time to think for themselves and inspire and lead others.”
In Kindergarten the Early Childhood Cycle culminates, bringing to fruition the skills and capacities the children have been developing throughout their early years. At the same time, the kindergarten serves as the gateway into Grade School and much of the work of kindergarten is directed towards the developments necessary for First Grade Readiness.
The structured and supported use of play in the Early Childhood program lays a strong foundation for future academic success. The day includes play, circle, snack, clean up, storytelling, artistic activities, and outdoor play.
The kindergarten class is led by a Waldorf Trained Teacher and an assistant. Our kindergarten is a two-year program and each class is comprised of half new “first year” children and half returning “second year” children. The activities in each class take into account the changing developmental needs of the first and second year child, as well as the individual child’s needs and abilities.
In a Waldorf based kindergarten the emphasis is on learning through play. The children are active in work and play, song and movement in a rhythmic, warm and homelike environment. Our children learn through imitation, purposeful play, storytelling, domestic and artistic activities such as beautiful watercolor drawings or beeswax crayon drawings. It is such activities that nurture and challenge the child's will, develop healthy habits and refine social skills. The child's natural curiosity and creativity are encouraged and engaged. Thinking capacities and memory forces are helped to develop and become strong. The overall well-being of each child is tended to with attention and care.
The White Mountain Waldorf School offers three-day and five-day kindergarten programs for children ages four to six years. The 5-day kindergarten is available to all kindergarten children and by determination from teacher and parent the decision will be made if your child is ready for a five day kindergarten week. All children who will be going to first grade the following academic year will be enrolled in the 5-day kindergarten.