Where children, ages 2 1/2 to 6, blossom and flourish in an environment filled with play, meaningful work, and healthy rhythms that meet their developmental needs to prepare them for a healthy beginning in elementary education.
Parent and Child: Ducks and Ducklings at the Acorn KinderHouse
Autumn 2023 Sessions “Utilizing a Waldorf approach in nurturing and educating young children” 4 week Sessions – Ages 14 months to 3 years* Fridays 10:00 am-11:30 am Session 1 – September 15, 22, October 6 and 13 (no class September 29)
Session 2 – November 3, 10, 17, December 1 (no class November 24)
All classes will be held outside in our enchanted woods and grounds and inside our warm, peaceful classrooms. (Please dress for the weather!) Each week includes circle time, parent study, crafts for children, free play, child observation, and an opportunity to connect with other parents and children. We begin each class with a nature walk, feeding the chickens and gathering eggs and playing outside followed by circle time. Then the facilitators will provide developmentally appropriate crafts, play time and parent study. The sessions are facilitated by our Lead Preschool Teacher, Ms. Abigail Lee-Wright, a certified, experienced Early Childhood Waldorf teacher. She will be assisted by Ms. Charne Lichtenberg, one of our Waldorf Assistant Class Teachers. Please bring with you a pair of indoor shoes or slippers for you and your (walking) child and dress for being outside. FEES: Each Session is $100 for parent/caregiver and child TO REGISTER REGISTRATION FORM can be found on line under forms at http://www.acornkinderhouse.com/forms.html Registration DEADLINE: SESSION 1 - Monday, September 11 SESSION 2 – Monday, October 30
For more details or to register see the forms section of our website.
The KinderHouse is concerned with the overall development of each child. The Waldorf trained teacher's goal is to provide the children with experiences which can become a part of their lives as well as prepare them for future school tasks.
Our curriculum is informed by the writings of Rudolf Steiner and what has come to be known as Waldorf Education. Through the first years of life young children want to be part of every real activity the grownups do. The children joyfully imitate our daily work of sweeping, gardening, washing, cooking, and beautifying our environment. The teacher involves the children in activities in which the teacher is the model for the child, in meaningful movements and purposeful use of language. In this atmosphere of beauty and rhythm. the teacher works to cultivate the healthy development of the child.
Studies show that children learn about the world through their senses, by watching and listening to the adults in their lives and then imitating them. The Waldorf curriculum strives to provide models that are meaningful and, therefore, the teacher is seen cooking, painting, sewing and building. Children willingly participate in all these activities. Language is also learned through imitation with stories, songs and verses carefully selected for their literary value and social content. Our goal is to bring wholesome sensory experiences that present ideas and actions worthy of imitation. Fine literature, folk tales, nature stories, simple songs and live music are preferred to the overly stimulating sensory images, violence and questionable values that are so common in the media.
Play is an important part of the Waldorf curriculum. It is not just a break from real “work”. It is accurate to think of play as the “work” of children. A child learns social skills, language skills, and motor skills through play. When building, a child is experimenting with principles of science and mathematics such as balance, weight, shapes, measurements and observation. These hands on experiences form a foundation for later academic study in science and math.