Spring Garden Waldorf School is pleased and excited to announce an expansion of the Nursery Preschool program due to high demand. This program serves children who are 3 or young 4 year olds and are potty trained.
We will be offering a 2 day preschool program on Mondays/Tuesdays. Half and full day options are available. Space is limited. The two day program will follow the same daily rhythm as the 3 and 5 day options. The artistic activities will be painting on Mondays and baking bread on Tuesdays.
If you are interested in applying for your child to attend this program or to be added to a waiting pool for the three or five day program, please contact Amy Hecky at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 330-666-0574. Public and private tours are available.
There will be an open house on April 26th from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. The entire family is welcome to tour the facilities and meet faculty, Board members and parents.
On this day, you can join your child and walk through the rhythmic, warm, sensory filled experience of a Waldorf early childhood classroom The morning will include circle time, art activity and story time lead by our Nursery Preschool teacher, Miss Kathy.
If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 4, you are invited to join us for a sample preschool morning on March 21st from 9 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
This experience is offered to you at no cost, but you must register as space is limited. Please click below to register.
Age 3-4, March 21: Register Now!
As a special offer, parents who choose to apply for preschool following this experience will be discounted the application fee ($70). Have questions or need more information? Please contact Amy Hecky at email@example.com.
A Message from Nursery Preschool Teacher, Kathy Miller
When I see the words brain development in black and white, I feel such a tremendous responsibility for my classroom’s children. Am I providing every possible opportunity in my Nursery Preschool classroom to develop each child’s greatest potential?
Thankfully, I know that what I do on a daily basis with children in the Nursery Preschool class at SGWS truly honors each child’s gifts and affords every learning opportunity possible. And what is it we do, exactly? We provide a rhythmical, un-rushed day in a carefully prepared environment. To the outsider, the repetitious day in our Nursery Preschool class may seem too subdued or restrictive to inspire learning. However, our homelike setting and predictable rhythms create a safe place for young children to develop life skills, and they also lay the groundwork for the future development of academic skills.
Dr. Jane Healy, a psychologist with a background in neurological development, assures us that repetition is critical to the development of the young child’s brain. Providing an environment with sequence, patterns, and order helps to prevent a chaotic environment, thus allowing the child’s brain to establish pathways for clear thinking.
Dr. Healy explains that after six months, an infant’s brain begins to develop the pathways and connections essential to their future cognitive growth, and these connections are strengthened through repetitive activity. To hurry or rush development impedes the natural process of growth because it lessens the time spent in repetitious experiences that develop these essential connections within a young child’s brain.
In our Early Childhood program at SGWS, the children are not hurried in their development. They are familiar with our rhythmic routines, so much so that at times their inner rhythms are established to the point where they know, without being
told, when it’s time to play, join in circle, listen to a story, participate in creative arts, and enjoy a nutritional snack. This stability allows the children to focus on learning other skills naturally and experientially. We do not awaken the child to structured learning, but allow them to explore, play, and socialize, using their will and curiosity to process information, solve problems, and build cognitive connections.
Our established rhythms are full of opportunities for the young child to flourish cognitively, socially, and creatively. Daily tasks, creative play, practical life skills, and close peer relations provide ample opportunities for the young children’s brain development. It gives me great joy to be part of the Nursery Preschool student’s framework for life!
The Early Childhood classes — Miss Kathy, Miss Olga, and Miss Julie — will celebrate Martinmas with a lantern walk during the school day on Tuesday, November 11. This is a simple celebration, intended to both observe the changing of the seasons and inspire generosity of spirit.
As the story goes, Martin was a prosperous soldier, who, on his way home encountered a shivering begger with nothing to his name. Rather than walk on by, he ripped his own cloak in two in order to give half away. In so doing, he shared the light that was within him with someone in need.
And so, St. Martin became the patron saint of beggars, drunks, and outcasts, dedicating his life to helping others. To celebrate, the three classes will walk down to the creek together during their outdoor playtime, to sing songs and leave seeds and crumbs for the forest animals. And since Martinmas celebrates the light inside of us to share with the world, the children will also make lanterns as a physical representation of this light.
Wet felting is a common handwork activity in Waldorf schools. In wet felting, combed sheep’s wool (sometimes called “roving”) is soaked in warm, soapy water, then kneaded so the individual wool strands break down and combine into felt. Wet felting offers unlimited potential for creativity, as the felt can be manipulated and shaped in many different ways – for example, students in the middle and upper grades Handwork classes fashion it into book covers, hats, and three-dimensional sculptures.
Recently, our Early Childhood students helped their teacher with the preparation process of wet felting. Miss Kathy brought out a bowl of warm, soapy water scented with lavender oil and the children took turns stomping the wool in the bowl.
The purpose of wet felting with their feet is to give these young students a grounding sensory experience. On this particular day, the children had high energy levels and were having a hard time settling into creative play. But after this experience, which engaged the children’s senses of touch and smell while satisfying their need for movement, they were able to settle calmly into creative play.
The completed wet felting project will be a piece of scenery for a puppet show and story the children will be hearing during story time.