Preschool & Kindergarten

Rhythm is the bearer of life, and therewith the bearer of health.

~ Rudolf Steiner ~

Each day follows a gentle rhythm which provides the children with a sense of security. The day begins with circle time, during which the children sing and recite verses. Finger plays and rhymes inspire a love of language and develop children’s fine and gross motor skills. Creative free play follows and offers an opportunity for children to exercise healthy fantasy.

Playthings are created from natural, simple materials such as wood, colorful silks, shells, and smooth stones. Mid-morning, children, and teachers prepare a wholesome, organic snack such as whole-grain bread, vegetable soup, or oatmeal, which they eat at a table set with candles and cloth napkins. Every day of the week includes an artistic activity such as watercolor painting, modeling with colored beeswax, drawing with crayons, or Eurythmy (a movement art). Watercolor painting is done with a wet-on-wet technique. Sweet-smelling beeswax becomes pliable as a child’s hands warm it.

Eurythmy is an art in which the child’s whole body is engaged, and speech and songs are expressed through creative movement. As the year progresses, older children participate in longer-term projects such as finger-knitting a belt, constructing a wooden boat, and sewing a doll. Process is emphasized over product.

Outdoor Play at HVWSThroughout the morning, children and teachers engage in purposeful work such as kneading bread, chopping vegetables for soup, and cleaning up. Practical work provides children with meaningful actions to imitate, and it is through imitation that a child learns. Waldorf teachers are mindful of the fact that everything they do will be imitated and strive to be models for the children.

Rain or shine, the children play outdoors: digging in the sandbox or garden, climbing, and enjoying games or sledding in the yard. Respect for the earth and our fellow human beings emphasized. The morning draws to a close with the teacher telling a story or fairy tale. This is a time for listening and quiet reflection. Stories are told from memory, and special attention is paid to the words chosen and pronunciation, to engage the children’s imaginations fully.

Bluebell Nursery Class (three days)
Ages 2 ¾ to 4 Years Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Rose and Sunflower Mixed-age Kindergarten Classes (three or five days*)
Mixed-age kindergartens are a hallmark of Waldorf Education.
Ages 2 ¾ to 6 ½ Years Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 12:15 pm

Parents may sign up for our extended care programs which include an early drop-off at 7:30 am, and later pick-ups at 3 pm, 4:30 pm, or 5 pm. Parents can contract for discounted extended care rates or may enter their children in the program on a drop-in basis. Learn more about our Extended Care.

*In order to be properly prepared for 1st grade, students in our Kindergarten classes must be enrolled for five days a week for the two years preceding first grade. In order to be considered for 1st grade for the following September, children must turn 6 years old by April 30. Read more about 1st grade readiness on our Admissions FAQ page.

HVWS is a place where your child will be truly known.