Phone: (831) 425-0519

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

In our Kindergartens, the young child’s senses are surrounded by beauty and order in small, home-like rooms and enclosed backyard gardens. The early childhood classroom is crafted to nurture the children and provide them with a sense of security. The teacher chooses the items that are present in the room with great attention to detail. Simple toys and natural materials are provided for cultivating imagination.

The Kindergarten Environment

The Kindergartens follow a consistent daily schedule. Within this schedule, there is a rhythmic movement between individual and group activities, some of which are focused and some of which are less directed. Children feel safe and secure in the consistent daily rhythm. Teachers schedule a significant portion of each day for indoor and outdoor free creative play. This gives the children plenty of time to unfold and exercise their powers of imagination, as well as develop social and motor skills. Play is the vehicle by which the child grasps the world. Daily outdoor play, rain or shine, immerses the child in the natural world and its changing elements. Our yards are alive with an abundance of plant and animal life that surrounds and surprises the children.

“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

Activities

Meaningful work building a fort

Meaningful Work

Children do meaningful work indoors (sweeping, mending, cleaning) as well as outdoors in the yard and garden (pruning, weeding, planting, composting, harvesting). The adults offer the children something ‘real’ to imitate and the children either participate directly in the activities, or through watching, they learn how it is done.

Ring Time

Ring Time

Children develop their fine and gross motor skills during the daily ring time. Reciting poems and singing songs accompanied by movement nurtures the imagination and the soul of the child. Through the particular poems and songs brought to ring time, the relationship to nature and the cycle of seasons is strengthened.

story time puppet show

Story Time

Daily story time fosters the development of the children’s imagination, listening skills and vocabulary. It also exercises the child’s capacity for mental picturing, a significant element of reading comprehension. Story time contributes to a foundation of strong memory capacity in the grade school years.

Kindergarten art

Art

Artistic activities such as watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, coloring, sewing, woodworking, and seasonal crafts are also woven into the rhythm of the kindergarten. The children develop small motor skills and express their imagination during these activities.

Picking out the vegetables

Cooking

Preparing the food is an integral part of the program, giving the children an opportunity to develop fine motor and culinary skills, as well as an awareness that the food that appears on the table is a result of many processes in which the children can be involved, again strengthening the children’s relationship to the natural world.

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Contact

Email: enrollment@santacruzwaldorf.org
Phone: (831) 824-2161
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
Aftercare: After 1PM, Aftercare can be reached at (831) 425-0346
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