Early Childhood

Introduction

We take great care to create a beautiful, home-like early childhood setting environment where children’s senses are nurtured. Our students learn by engaging in play, stories, and practical household activities such as washing dishes, sweeping, and baking. We incorporate seasonal crafts, movement, outdoor adventures, and ample creative free play to encourage joyful learning and imaginative exploration.

Enjoying Purposeful Play

Pine Hill Waldorf School offers parent-child classes as well as preschool and kindergarten for 3- to 6-year-old children. (Children must turn 3 by September 1.) For younger children, we request that your child be fully potty-trained, able to eat on his or her own, and cooperative in dressing for outdoor play.

Our Early Childhood program is founded on the following principles:
 

List of 5 items.

  • Imagination

    At Pine Hill, our early childhood classroom provides a warm and secure environment in which a child’s imagination and sense of self may flourish.
  • Simple play

    Young children are supported in their natural development by an emphasis on imagination as explored through play, purposeful activity, movement, social life, art, and a rich tradition of oral storytelling.
  • Rhythm

    Because a consistent, dependable daily rhythm provides a critical sense of security for a young child, daily routines balance indoor and outdoor free play with more focused artistic and practical activities such as baking, painting, or crafts, and with circle time including rhymes, songs, and storytelling.
  • Beauty

    Our classrooms are designed to support a foundation of Waldorf teaching: the world is good and beautiful. Classrooms are pleasant and calm areas for working and playing our toys and art supplies are created from natural materials, and our outdoor areas includes playgrounds, grassy fields, and natural woods for magical adventures.
  • Purposeful activities

    An essential aim of our early childhood programs is to protect and nurture each child's enthusiasm for school towards readiness for the elementary school years.
    • Songs, stories and rhymes cultivate intimacy with language while puppet shows and dramatic play strengthen the powers of memory and imagination.
    • Counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for arithmetic and number skills.
    • Painting and crafts help the children develop fine motor skills, coordination and the ability to concentrate.
    • Vigorous play develops their gross motor skills, proprioception, vitality, and further develops concentration.
    Seasonal activities and outdoor play deepen the children's awareness of the natural world, while colorful seasonal festivals foster connections to the cycle of the year.

Learn More About Pine Hill

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