The rhythm of the kindergarten life is threefold - the yearly rhythm, the weekly rhythm and the daily rhythm.
From the steady beating of your heart, to the rising and setting of the sun, and the regular flow of the seasons, rhythm is an essential element of the human experience. The familiarity of a regular rhythm creates the best possible learning environment for the young child. Rudolf Steiner said that rhythm was the “carrier of life”.
The rhythm of the year is experienced in the kindergarten with the help of seasonal stories and crafts, a classroom “nature table”, weekly hikes in the Presidio, monthly visits to our garden, and the celebration of festivals and the children’s birthdays. The festival life of all cultures is deeply connected with the rhythm of the year, and we take great care to be inclusive and respectful of diverse cultures, religions and spiritual paths.
The weekly rhythm of our curriculum is achieved by having a special activity for each day. Instead of “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…” we have “Painting Day, Bread-making Day, Soup-making Day”, and the like. The day of the week becomes identified with an experienced activity. We serve a daily warm snack which the children frequently help prepare, and each snack has its special day as well. Other weekly activities include hiking, beeswax modeling, and eurythmy.
The daily rhythm of the kindergarten is created by following a set pattern of activities each day. In general, these activities occur in regular order, and one flows to the next, in the same way each day. So we move from greeting, to circle time, to free play, to clean-up, for example.
By keeping steadily to these rhythms, an orderly and secure environment is provided in which the child can develop and flourish.