Nursery ∼ for 3 or 4 year olds (Monday-Wednesday mornings 9 am-12 pm)
The Nursery serves our youngest children three days a week from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Parents of children aged three and up may apply. Children must be toilet trained and developmentally ready to be away from their parent or caregiver for the mornings. Our nursery program has a gentle rhythm with play, snack and song perfect for the independent 3-4 year old in a small class setting. A healthful snack is provided daily. This is a lovely opportunity for mom or dad to spend a few hours to themselves each week while their children are lovingly cared for.
Kindergarten ~ for 3 1/2 to 6 year olds (3-day and 5-day classes, half and full days available)
Mon-Fri (Before care from 7:30 am and Aftercare available to 6 pm for ages five and up)
The Early Childhood Education program at the Anchorage Waldorf School is based on the understanding that young children learn primarily through imitation. Storytelling, puppetry and creative play kindle the imagination and form the basis of numeracy and literacy. Problem solving and logic are developed through block building and active outdoor play. Outdoor play and nature walks increase physical strength, agility and grace, fostering a meaningful connection with the natural world and laying the groundwork for future scientific studies.
“If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. And if you want them to be even more brilliant, tell them more fairy tales.” -Albert Einstein
Fine motor skills are cultivated through painting, drawing and beeswax modeling. Social harmony is fostered with circle games, singing, handwork and practical activities. Seasonal festivals create a rhythmic schedule and foster a heartfelt relationship with nature. The sharing of practical activities such as snack preparations, clean-up, and plant care starts the child on the path toward personal responsibility and respect for others.
“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for abstract thinking.” -Albert Einstein
The day’s activities unfold in an unhurried way with each day following an established rhythm, giving the child a sense of security and consistency. It is an environment of love, warmth and harmony that serves as a gentle transition between the security of home and the coming grade years. The child’s days are filled with both structured and unstructured activities that exercise their fresh and dynamic powers of imagination. To begin formal academic study at this time is to rush the child through that period of life when their proper work and most effective way of leaning is through imaginative play.