Kindergarten (4 to 6 Years Old)


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Our Kindergarten program offers your 4, 5 or 6 year old a setting reminiscent of home with more opportunity to develop and learn. Each class welcomes up to 18 children with an experienced Waldorf teacher and assistant.  View photos of our Kindergarten...

Schedule options

  • Toronto Waldorf School Kindergarten5 mornings a week (8:30 am to 12 noon)
  • 5 full days a week (8:30 am to 3:30 pm). More details...
  • Hot vegetarian lunches and healthy snacks are provided daily for full-day program.
  • After-School program is available at no additional cost until 6 pm for full-day program.
  • Each class is comprised of Junior and Senior Kindergarten students; it may include children from 4 to 6 years old.

Play as a Foundation for Healthy Development

  • Toronto Waldorf School KindergartenThe foundation developed in Kindergarten will support learning in Lower and High School and life beyond. This groundwork is laid unconsciously as your child plays, developing language and social skills, imagination and a healthy, active body.
  • The rich language of stories, songs and verses will enhance your child’s language development, a precursor to reading skills
  • Storytelling, songs and verses also help children develop the capacity to create their own visual images. Future reading comprehension and creative thinking will draw strongly on this capacity.
  • Development of imagination is enhanced by the nature of play; natural materials such as shells, pinecones and driftwood become phones, bells and ships in the children’s minds, offering an unlimited canvas for play.  Read more about what the children do typically.
  • Development of imagination is a cornerstone of future openness to new ideas and creative problem solving, a hallmark of Waldorf education.

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Class Rhythm

  • Outdoor play at Toronto Waldorf School KindergartenRhythm provides continuity and consistency to support your child’s exploration of the Kindergarten. The class provides consistent daily and weekly rhythms, and draws on the natural rhythm of the seasons.
  • Strong, consistent rhythms support children’s healthy physical development and ongoing strength
  • Young children feel secure when they know what to expect, so we maintain daily and weekly rhythms to minimize uncertainty
  • The day is structured to alternate between active and quiet activities. Free play might be followed by a quiet activity such as listening to a story and then time exploring in the garden. This supports the children in digesting each activity and feeling harmonious and receptive to our rich curriculum.


Activities

  • Toronto Waldorf School KindergartenUnstructured play time indoors.
  • Art: Watercolour painting, drawing and beeswax modelling.
  • Eurythmy (movement).
  • Circle time with rhymes, songs, finger plays and movement games.
  • Storytelling accompanied by table puppets to provide concrete visual experience and rich language models.
  • A nutritious snack prepared daily, shared by children and teachers.
  • Vigorous, energetic outdoor play in the Kindergarten garden.
  • Regular adventure walks into the forest playground, meadow and school farm.
  • Special activities such as the fall Lantern Walk and a birthday story and celebration for each child.
  • View more photos of activities in our Kindergarten...

 

Role of Teachers

  • Hands-on work by the teachers (baking, cleaning and gardening) lends itself to imitation, the young child's first cognitive exploration of the world.
  • Children model both the activities and the way in which they are done.
  • Your child will see the attention paid to each individual, respectful social interactions, thoughtful speech and healthy movement.
  • Through these, children develop important values such as respect for self and others, kindness, industriousness and a sense of wonder.
  • Through imitation children learn to become caring, fulfilled and responsible human beings.

 

Parental Involvement

  • Parent Evenings held through the year provide an opportunity to discuss parenting issues and challenges, and explore the Waldorf approach to raising young children. These are an integral part of the program; one or both parents are expected to attend.
  • Parents often have the opportunity to briefly speak with teachers at drop-off and pick-up times.
  • The admissions process includes an individual meeting with the teacher.
  • Kindergarten requires an annual contractual commitment.


Registration

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