Our Kindergartens

In Waldorf Education we refer to classes for children about 3 1/2 to 6 year olds as Kindergartens (German for “child’s garden”).

During the academic year 2014-2015, we have three classes. The Bluebird kindergarten is a three day kindergarten and is for children 3 1/4 – 4 1/4 years old. The Bluebird class meets Mondays through Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Oak Tree and Redbud mixed age five day kindergartens are for children who are 3 1/2 to 6 years old and meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. These kindergartens are, first and foremost, places for creative play. In a secure and home-like setting, children of mixed ages are active in play, living out the axiom that “the work of the child is play.” The children learn about themselves and their world under the guidance of two teachers. Natural, open-ended materials, which lend themselves to a variety of uses, are provided in the classroom.

During the first part of the morning, with gentle encouragement the children take up these materials in wonderfully imaginative ways. Tree stumps, chairs, and play cloths arranged as a Metro train one day may be formed into a royal castle the next. Such play fosters the development of flexible and creative thinking. Other activities such as baking, painting, and craftwork also form a part of the free-play time.

After free-play, the children sing and move together during circle time when songs, verses, and rhythmic games help, in an artistic way, to build important language skills and physical coordination. Circle time is built around the seasons — the ever-changing picture of the natural world around us. A wholesome organic snack and outdoor play are always a part of the morning. Their time together concludes with the telling of a story or a puppet play. Stories and puppet plays are carefully selected and presented. The wisdom of age-old folk and fairy tales and the beauty of nature stories unfold before the child in expressive language.

The rhythmic repetition of these daily activities strengthens and nourishes the child. Throughout the year, as well, we observe a rhythm. Fall, winter, and spring each brings a particular seasonal observance. Harvest time, the advent of winter, and the arrival of spring are celebrated in an experiential way appropriate to the young child, who lives strongly in nature and its changing faces. We strive to present simple, universally meaningful images in these festivals to support and nurture the child’s sense of wonder and reverence. Our observances are non-sectarian, since our school welcomes families of all faiths. We honor diversity.

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Located in the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area, Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is an independent kindergarten and grade school offering a Waldorf curriculum true to the principles of Rudolph Steiner’s educational philosophies of experiential learning and age-appropriate activities that foster a lifelong love of learning.