Learning by Doing
In the kindergarten, early childhood is preserved, providing space and time for young imaginations to take flight. Unhurried and engaged, children build foundations for literacy, numeracy, language development, and creative problem solving skills.
A kindergarten week has arts and crafts, puppetry, movement, painting, story time, cooking, baking, singing, games, hiking, gardening, and outdoor play. These simple yet delightful activities support sensory integration and the development of patterning, tracking, sequencing, and logical thinking. Fairy tales, folk tales, and poetry are shared by the teachers as children form inner pictures that support reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Through movement, children develop motor skills, integrate the senses, and work cooperatively. Kindergarten children hike to the Presidio, work in the garden, and participate in eurythmy, a movement art unique to Waldorf education. In the classroom, fine motor skills are developed through cooking, painting, crafts, and clean-up.
The importance of creative, imaginative play continues through kindergarten. Children take on new roles, test ideas, process experiences, solve problems, and have fun. As a growing body of research confirms, this good, old-fashioned kind of play supports the development of creative thinking in the adolescent and young adult.
Each of our three kindergarten classes includes new first-year children and returning second-year children, a balance that supports developing abilities. It is a five-day program for children ages four to 6 1/2, with optional After Care available until 5 p.m.
Download the Kindergarten Program Overview.