The Seacoast Waldorf School kindergartens serve children in a caring, rhythmical, play-based environment with much of the day spent outdoors. We adhere to the Waldorf curriculum for early childhood. The lead teachers are Waldorf trained; materials and furnishings are classically Waldorf.
The kindergarten program is full of warmth, beauty, comfort, and simplicity. The children’s day follows a regular rhythm.
In our kindergarten program, children learn through play, purposeful work, storytelling and puppet shows, and practical and artistic activities. The heart of the morning is free play, mostly outside where the children run, dig, haul, plant and get dirty. This is a creative unstructured time for the children to interact with their peers. During the daily circle time, children are inspired by beautiful language, verses, and singing. The children’s social sense is reinforced in the daily sharing of a wholesome warm snack. They set and clear the table with small porcelain plates and cups. A simple blessing of gratitude is sung together before each snack followed by ample time for pleasant conversation.
Children typically attend Waldorf kindergarten for two years. The two-year kindergarten program is akin to a plant: during the first year of kindergarten, the seeds are planted and nourished; in the second year, the plant fully blooms and flourishes.