Kindergarten Program Curriculum
Our school offers three Kindergartens, each serving children from ages four to six. The Kindergarten Program aims to support the healthy development of the young child in a non-academic setting. The environment is carefully created and invites imaginative play. The children meet goodness, beauty and truth in the world around them. The essential path for the young child is through imitation; therefore, the activities offered and modeled in the Kindergarten are worthy of imitation.
Young children thrive on a rhythm that they can count on and that has plenty of repetition to develop new skills. These principles guide the organization of the day, the week, and the year. A rhythmic structure is created that moves between focused group activities and individually initiated activities. Activities include outdoor play; circle time (a group activity in which the seasonal or festival mood is expressed in song, verse and movement), creative free play, chores at the farm, painting, drawing, eurythmy (an art of movement), practical skills (e.g., kneading bread, chopping vegetables, sanding wood), clean-up time, and story (which is further developed through puppet shows and plays). Stories are traditional fairy and folk tales from many lands and cultures, full of rich imagery and language. These stories are repeated several times to build the child's vocabulary, memory skills and listening capacities, and to help develop a rich imaginative life. Because of the repetition in song and verse, memorization skills are fostered naturally.
The Kindergarten Program runs from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily. The children are fed a nutritious snack as well as a warm, healthy lunch. At 1:00 p.m., many children go home, and the Kindergarten Aftercare Program begins for those children staying later.