Our goal is to provide a quality Waldorf Program in a warm, calm, secure, and nurturing environment where the child’s imagination and creativity will flourish. We will promote respect and reverence toward our classroom, toys, nature, and relationships with our classmates, teachers, and family.
At Circle of Friends, we create an environment in which the child can grow and learn through his/her imitation of the healthy experiences around them in daily life. This will lay the foundation for the joy and wonder of learning, and give each child the skills needed for their life’s work of discovering who they are and what meaningful work they will do. We work to free your child’s creative potential in a natural and balanced way.
About Waldorf Education Rudolf Steiner (1861 -1925) founded the Waldorf school and the philosophy of anthroposophy, which Waldorf pedagogy is based on. The Waldorf Educational Curriculum spans early childhood through high school. The early childhood curriculum’s uniqueness is based on the pedagogical view that children in early childhood have a unique capacity for creativity. They learn best through ‘doing’ activities, activities that engage their ‘will.’ This rich capacity to focus on ‘creative doing’ will turn into the capacity for purposeful work in later years.
Steiner realized long ago the importance of rich, imaginative play in a child’s life. A Waldorf program offers “toys” to children made of natural materials and is simple enough to allow room for a child’s imagination to be active.
All life thrives on rhythm and routine. The sun rises and sets, the tides ebb and flow, the earth travels on its course through the seasons.
Children are carried along by the rhythms of the world they live in, from the rhythms of breathing in and out to the daily routines of eating, sleeping, and waking. Children benefit when their daily activities are structured according to a daily schedule, which remains the same, with a few small variations. There are periods of activity and rest in our school day, which create a healthy flow of activity. Transitions are often accompanied by a song or rhyme that tells the children what to expect next. Just as children are carried along by the school day’s regular rhythm, they are also supported by established routines at home. We strongly encourage you to establish set meal times and bedtimes. It is very important for the young child to go to bed at the same time each night. We recommend that bedtime be no later than 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.