The three “R’s” of our Waldorf kindergarten classroom are rhythm, reverence and repetition.
Rhythm occurs in the daily, weekly and seasonal flow of activities in the classroom and brings stability, dependability and security to the children.
The quality of reverence can be found in the natural beauty and simplicity of the classroom and the care for all that it contains. Reverence is also experienced in the verse before snack and lunchtime, which expresses gratitude.
Repetition is found in the experience of songs, verses and stories presented over an extended period of time, allowing the children the joy of familiarity and of full participation. The comfort of repetition also appears in the recurrence of daily and weekly activities dependably occurring each day at the same time in the daily flow or on the same day of each week’s rhythm.
Our daily rhythm includes:
Outside time: nature walks with the teacher, helping with gardening projects, digging in the sand, climbing, running, swinging, jumping rope, looking for bugs and blossoms, building with branches and logs.
Inside play: healthy, creative play is encouraged by the essential ingredients provided in the classroom - materials for creating and building such as beautiful colored silk and cotton cloths, wooden play stands, wooden blocks and logs, stones, shells, capes and hats and crowns for dress up, simple cloth dolls and wooden figures for stories and puppet shows.
Storytime: a telling of carefully chosen fairy tales, nature stories and seasonal tales.
Circle time: a journey of movement, verse and song with themes which travel through the seasons of the year.
Artistic work: watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, beeswax crayon drawing, sewing projects.
Snack/lunch: before eating a reverent mood is set with a meal blessing. These are times of social learning experiences for the children. They are learning to sit properly in their chairs with their feet on the floor, to use good table manners and to have appropriate conversations with their classmates that are seated around them. Our communal snack is prepared with wholesome ingredients There will be five different snacks. Each one will be associated with one of the days of the week and will always be served on that same day.