The focus in the Kinderhale is on the social, emotional and physical development of the child. Each child's creative and imaginative capacities are allowed to flourish as they discover and learn about their world through their experiences and interactions with the world around them. In keeping with the Waldorf tradition, the Kinderhale values and protects the sanctity of childhood.
What our Kinderhale Early Childhood Program offers:
Activities which help children develop capacities such as focus, concentration, intellectual flexibility, hand-eye coordination, and small-muscle skills are essential to their later academic work. We support uniquely delivered academic learning in the early years to safeguard imagination, the importance of play, and well-rounded, three-dimensional development - engaging children emotionally, mentally, and actively. We lay a strong foundation for later academic-focused learning.
Storytelling, verse, and song nourish the imagination and stimulate the memory. Group activities and free-play allow children direct interaction with their world and other people.
Playthings of natural materials, wet-on-wet painting, handwork, cooking, baking, creative movement, foreign language and gardening support further exploration and creativity.
Our daily schedule
Monday through Thursday 8 am until 2:15 pm; Friday until 12:15pm.
One class example (times are approximate):
8:00 Arrival & morning chores
8:20 Play and activities including baking, veggie/fruit cutting & handcrafts, watercolor painting
9:45 Circle time
10:00 Wash hands & snack
10:45 Outdoor play and activities (includes gardening, woodworking, nature walks & games) 11:45 Storytime/puppet show/play & wash hands
12:40 Lunch clean-up
1:00 Rest time
2:00-2:15 Goodbye circle & Pick up
What are we looking for?
The Kinderhale seeks for children and their families that are a good fit with our school and its philosophy of a play based, nature-oriented curriculum.
In order to apply, your child must be 3 years of age by the date of entrance and able to use the bathroom independently. Exceptions may be made for students who are 3 years of age after August 1st at the class teacher's discretion. This requirement helps us ensure child readiness and alleviates extremes in age variation and developmental stages in the classroom.