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