Curriculum

What will My Child Learn in the Waldorf Early Childhood Program?
The Unique Waldorf Curriculum Three Core Content Areas

AREA ONE:  Seasonal Rhythms and the Elements

What do they learn?
Awareness of seasonal changes:  for plant and animal life
Qualities of weather: rain, wind, snow, sunshine and how it effects plants, animals, and ourselves
Festivals Around the World: awareness of multicultural festivals

What is the wisdom here?

  • Healthy relationship with the plants, animals, earth
  • Building trust in life and its process
  • Learning to live in time
  • Foundation for the mood of sympathy

What is the response from the inner child?
Sense of Life: “I can trust our world because I am a part of nature.” “I am needed to care for our world” “All things have their own time”
Sense of Self-Movement and Balance: “I can understand the elements, plants, animals because I have imitated them”
Sense of Touch: “I discover who I am when I meet the world of nature.”

AREA TWO: Archetypical Trades

What do they learn? What the workers in our communities do:
Baker, Farmer, Miller, Blacksmith/horseshoer, Carpenter, Royal Family, Woodcutter, Servant, Sheepherder, Soldier, Spinner, Sailor, Weaver,  Shopkeeper, Hunter,  Tailor,  Candlemaker.

What is the wisdom here?

  • healthy movements
  • healthy relationship to work
  • hands on experience is true knowledge
  • learning to live in space
  • foundation for a mood of gratitude

What is the response of the inner child?
Sense of Life: “I can be any and all things!”
Sense of Self-Movement and Balance: “I can do any and all things!”
Sense of Touch: “I find myself when I try these things.”

AREA THREE: Helping and Domestic Skills

What do they learn?
Helping Skills including: setting the table, preparing snacks with chopping, washing dishes, toys and classroom, stirring, pouring, measuring, folding and ironing, sewing and mending, sanding, hammering and fixing, digging, pulling weeds and gardening.

What is the wisdom here?

  • healthy habits
  • independence and autonomy sweeping
  • foundation for the mood of self-love (self-esteem)

What is the response from the inner child?

Sense of Life: “You trust me!”, “I can take care of myself and others”,  “‘I am part of a group and I am needed.”
Sense of Self-Movement and Balance: “I can do it.”
Sense of Touch: “I know myself when I help myself and help others.”
These are some of the unique areas of curriculum content
developed in the child in the Waldorf Early Childhood Program.

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