At the end of each school year, the Early Childhood children, teachers, and families gather for the Bridge Crossing. In this joyful ceremony, first-grade ready children, wearing silken capes and golden crowns, cross over a wooden bridge festooned with fresh flowers. The crossing symbolizes their readiness to enter the Grade School. They are then followed by the younger children, who wear different colored capes and cross the bridge into “Summerland,” receiving a hug from their teacher on the other side.
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In a move to make a Waldorf education more accessible to families of midcoast Maine, Ashwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce a new tuition assistance program for families with kindergarten-aged children.
Ashwood has a longstanding history of fostering an economically diverse school community through its generous grade school tuition assistance program.
This is the first time in its 27 years that the school has extended financial aid to the pre-school population.
The new tuition assistance will benefit applicants to Ashwood’s mixed-age, five-day kindergarten, which accepts children from age 3 1/2 to 6 years. Tuition assistance will cover up to 10 percent of the posted tuition for this program.
“With its balance of academic excellence, rich programming in the arts and outdoor education, we feel that the value of what Ashwood offers to the children is clear,” said School Director Jody Spanglet. “We see this value, each and every day, reflected in the children’s bright faces and inquisitive minds.”
Ashwood offers awards of up to 50 percent of tuition for Grades 1-8.
All of Ashwood’s tuition assistance awards are based solely on need.
The tuition assistance application deadline is March 1, 2013.
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Play is not only a child’s real work in life, it is the foundation of creativity yet to come. For the young child, play is a way of understanding the world and is vital for healthy emotional and intellectual development.
The inner forces of imagination, cognition, and flexibility, which are developed during play, become the capacities for life-long learning.
The teachers take special care to have a daily and weekly rhythm of activities that gives time for both structure and spontaneity.
The day begins with a long period for free play alongside artistic and household activity (cooking, painting, cleaning etc).
Playtime is followed by circle time, consisting of verses, nursery rhymes, songs, and circle games that enliven and strengthen the children’s natural creativity and provide the content for higher quality of play.
Then the children gather together for a wholesome snack–usually which they have helped to prepare–after which they play outside where they explore, dig, run, jump, and exercise their limbs as well as their imaginations.
Lastly, a story is told often brought to life with simple hand puppets. The exposure to fairy tales and puppet shows allow the children to feel secure in a world where the good triumphs over bad.
Rosewood Early Childhood Center
In a Waldorf school the physical environment plays a central role. Our rooms are beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is calm and purposeful.
All toys are made of natural materials: wooden blocks and wooden toys; shells and stones; beeswax; broad paintbrushes, clear, bright, translucent watercolors, and big sheets of wet paper; large vivid wax crayons – these are some of the materials the young child comes to know and to use with delight.
These help awaken the children’s sense of touch to the physical sensations of a world that is still new to them.
Toys and dolls are simply-made with a minimum of detail so that the children’s imaginations will bring them to life.
Early childhood programs at Ashwood serve families with children from age eighteen months to six years old.
The Waldorf early childhood programs support young children at this crucial developmental stage by emphasizing imaginative play, purposeful work, movement, social and artistic endeavors, and language development. Read more