Let them play! Playing feeds the mind, body and soul.
River Song Waldorf School’s Early Childhood Program offers preschool age children (ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old) a nurturing, home-like environment as they transition more deeply into childhood and prepare for the joys, challenges, and expectations of grade school life. Taught by Waldorf instructors specifically trained in Early Childhood Education, River Song Waldorf nurtures and protects the young child’s sense of wonder and imagination while we enrich “the soil” in which young children grow.
River Song’s daily activities provide a comforting and reliable rhythm for our preschoolers. We knead dough and bake bread, we paint with watercolors or color with homemade crayons, we sculpt and model with beeswax, we put on puppet plays, we sing seasonal, lyrical songs, tell stories that honor the natural world and changing seasons. We take nature walks and play outside every day, rain, snow, and shine. And, of course, we enjoy opportunities for plenty of free-play.
Why is our approach so meaningful for children? As an outgrowth of the Waldorf Early Childhood experience, executive function comes into play, especially as the child approaches and experiences adolescence. The foundation for this important developmental milestone is formed during the early childhood years. We actively encourage and implement the conditions necessary for laying this foundation: free play, especially in the natural world away from media influences and other inputs that sap the innocence, power and magic of childhood.
At River Song Waldorf School, your children and your family will benefit from the following educational experiences… and more:
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