Our Preschool Program is for children 3 years old at the start of the school year. Class is held Mondays through Wednesdays, 8:30am - 12:00pm. Before- and after-school programs are available to extend the day to as early as 7:30am to as late as 3:00pm.
We believe that "the work of the child is play". Following a gentle daily rhythm guided by two teachers, children stretch their imaginations and develop new capabilities through self-directed play, meaningful work, artistic activities, joyful songs and imaginative stories. In an environment free of academic pressure, PCWS children develop socially and emotionally while building a strong foundation for academics in a developmentally appropriate way.
Time for imaginative play offers our students infinite ways to explore and develop their original ideas. By working together, they develop emotional stamina, communication skills and leadership abilities every day.
CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Happy childhood memories involve playing, time outdoors and time with friends. The Waldorf curriculum offers children time for these things every day. PCWS children help out in our biodynamic garden, play on our beautifully renovated playground.
A typical day combines creative, practical and physical activities because reliable daily rhythms strengthen and nourish children. The Waldorf curriculum celebrates the seasons and changes in the natural world in ways that appeal to a child's sense of wonder.
SAMPLE NURSERY DAILY & WEEKLY SCHEDULES
8:30 - Indoor play, seasonal activities
9:20 - Bathroom time
9:40 - Tidy away time
9:55 - Rest time
10:05 - Verse, circle time
10:30 - Snack time
10:50 - Dress for outdoors
11:00 - Outdoor play
11:45 - Story time in classroom
12:00 – Pick-up
Monday: Rice & carrots with tamari
Tuesday: Apple crisp or whole wheat rolls with butter & apples
Wednesday: Oatmeal with cinnamon & maple syrup, apple slices
Birthdays: Cacao Cake (flour, oil, maple syrup, cacao, baking soda, vinegar), Berries (provided by parents), Whipped cream (made in class)