Preschool

“Children who live in an atmosphere of love and warmth, and who have around them truly good examples to imitate, are living in their proper element.”

Rudolf Steiner, The Education of the Child

About the Programs

Kelowna Waldorf Pre-School offer a unique learning opportunity for young children. We believe that children are happiest and learn best in a warm homelike environment where the older and younger children are part of the class ’family’. We offer small class sizes with a low teacher/child ratio to ensure that, within the group, each child is respected and nurtured by caring teachers.

A return to basics, respecting the innocence and wonder of a child’s imagination

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Waldorf Early Childhood Educators believe that children learn through imitation. Meaningful work and chores are part of our preschool day. Teachers and students are often busy together throughout the day baking bread, cooking, sewing, sweeping, washing, and gardening and the children are welcomed to take part in these activities. Children achieve a sense of satisfaction and purpose when they can take part of all aspects of daily life.

Our Teachers:

  • Certified and British Columbia Elementary Educators and/or ECE Educators
  • Waldorf Early Childhood Training

The Pre-Schools are warm home-like environments where the older and younger children in the group become integral to the class family. The older and younger children participate fully in the rhythm of the day and the uniqueness of each child is respected and nurtured by the teachers. Children develop their cognitive and social skills through many opportunities for play. Weekly activities also include artistic activities such as painting and drawing.

The daily and weekly rhythm of our program helps to strengthen the children’s sense of well being and confidence in their preparation for school and for their adult life beyond.

For the younger children, our pre-school program is the first step away from home. Waldorf Early Childhood pedagogy embraces the belief that children learn through imitation. The younger children gently adapt to the rhythm of the day through the modeling of the older children in the group and through the teachers who work at daily tasks such as: cooking, baking bread, housekeeping, sewing and gardening.

The older children in the class are very involved in the daily activities and become natural leaders. They take on many responsibilities and join the teachers in activities such as sweeping, washing and craft preparation. There is still a strong emphasis on play for the older child and the older children’s imaginations and games continue to develop their cognitive and problem solving abilities.

Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes are told through storytelling and puppetry. Through this important part of our curriculum, children learn to focus, listen and develop strong imaginations. We focus on language development of the young child through oral story telling traditions.

Seasonal festivals are a highlight in our program for the children and they are involved in the preparation and celebration of these special times, which bring our families and community together.

Kelowna Waldorf Preschool is offered in the following ways:

  • Mon-Tues-Wed-Thu-Fri
  • Mon-Tues-Wed
  • Thur & Fri

Got questions?  Give us a call (250) 764-4130.

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