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Play is the Work of Early Childhood

In the Waldorf view of child development, the first seven years set the foundation for life learning. That’s why our curriculum engages imaginations to lay the neurological groundwork for literacy, numeracy and more. Research continues to show that uninterrupted play is essential for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. 

In Pine Hill’s early childhood classes, children will experience:

  • a warm, home-like and rhythmic environment
  • uninterrupted, free play both indoors and out in nature
  • real-life activities like making bread, washing dishes and serving snack
  • rich circle times with verses, songs and movement
  • beautiful stories told with simple puppetry and props
  • handmade crafts using natural materials
“We chose Pine Hill because of its respect for childhood. With two active boys, it’s good to know their social, emotional and physical needs are valued. We’ve seen how the years spent climbing, digging, exploring and playing have built the foundation for academic success.”
-Kara, parent of 1st and 3rd grade children

Explore Our Early Childhood Options

Kindergarten (ages 4.5 to 6) - A play-based program that sets a foundation for elementary school. Explore the natural world at the farm and in the forest, and learn through song, puppet stories, artistic activities and preparing snacks together. Half-day and full-day options available.

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Nursery (ages 2.75 to 4) - A first school in the beauty and warmth of a Waldorf classroom. Meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

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Parent and Child (birth to age 3) - Nurturing young children and their caregivers in a warm, homelike environment. Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome.

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