What Kindergarten Is Right For Your Child?
March 23, 2021
Our children will return to school this week. They’re thrilled, and we’re ecstatic as well. Our passion for Waldorf education hasn’t waned in our fourth year as Waldorf parents. On the opposite, each year we become more certain that Waldorf is the ideal school for our children.Have a look at Plantation Developmental School for more info on this.
A Waldorf education has the effect of nurturing a child into a solid, profoundly rooted, freethinking adult who is at peace with both spiritual and mundane matters — and willing to find the spiritual in the mundane. The Waldorf programme accepts that an infant is both a creature of nature and a creature of spirit, and that both of these dimensions are nurtured and intertwined as the child develops.
Enough with the lecturing! In a Waldorf kindergarten, what do you really see?
Cubbies that are neat. A row of wooden cubbies near the room’s entrance holds rainboots and rain gear (or snow boots and snow gear, depending on the season), slippers, jeans, and a change of clothes. Any day, regardless of the temperature, Waldorf children play outdoors for at least a short period (well, except for thunderstorms and blizzards).
Organize your room. There are no desk row. It’s a wide open room with a combination of carpeting and floor, a large table with the children’s chairs arranged around it, and play areas lining the walls — a tiny functioning kitchen, a dress-up area, a privacy nook, and so on — all of which are enticing to a child’s core.
The kitchen is located here. Wash basins, ceramic pots, strong glass cups, and cotton cloths are all included in this practical sink. After snack, the kids wash their napkins, bowls, and silverware here.
Materials derived from nature. All in the room, except for the ceramic, glass, and cotton, is made of natural materials: timber, stone, copper, and glass. There would be no plastic. Children this age are also integrating their senses (which you might realise if you have a child with sensory integration problems, as we did), and being able to fit texture, weight, colour, and pattern consistently is extremely beneficial to them.
Area for dressing up. There’s a costume shelf here, as well as a bin full of crowns, boas, sashes, and capes. Cotton, fur, silk, and other natural fabrics are used to make many of the costumes.
Panel surrounded by nature. Pine cones, moss, feathers, trees, cicadas’ eggs, and fall leaves are among the treasures that children discover in nature. They’re lovingly set on this table, like a shrine to nature.
A secluded area. This was a favourite of my second daughter’s. Silk drapes are hung to enclose a four-foot-square room, ideal for just sitting comfortably when you need it. At any given moment, no more than two children are permitted in the privacy nook.
It’s time to be creative. Crafts, not worksheets, are what children do. They master the wet-on-wet process of Waldorf painting, which promotes experimenting with colour combinations. They even learn how to knit, felt, and make gnomes.
Sim at your pleasure. Allowing children to play easily helps them to grow at their own rate. Importantly, the adults should not do paperwork when the children play; instead, they do tangible work that the children can safely engage in or emulate, such as washing dishes, ironing, polishing apples, oiling wood, and baking bread. The aim is to build an atmosphere in which the children feel comfortable but not in control. It’s unhealthy for children to believe that their parents have little else to do but adore them.
Celebrations of birthdays. The class throws a picnic on the child’s birthday. As the instructor relates the tale of the child’s birth and existence up to this stage, the children gather around. The tale still starts with the child’s spirit gazing down on the world and wanting to follow the citizens there.
Food: There are no unusual additives or addatives in either of the dishes. Whole wheat and sustainable ingredients are included prominently on the menu. Typically, the kids assist with the planning. Oatmeal or other porridge, berries, tea, and water are popular snacks.