For: Ages 2-4
Teacher: Eileen Frazier
Meets: Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00am – 12:00pm
The Tulips class is a preschool program for children who are age 2 by August 31st and are potty-trained. Children are dropped off and parents rotate as classroom helper throughout the season. Each class will include:
Outdoor play/walks – The opportunity to sift sand, roll stumps, build forts, run, climb, crawl, and balance, foster children’s physical development, and is essential to a child’s fundamental well-being. Unstructured outdoor play outside supports the healthy unfolding of their cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Time in nature hones the child’s observation skills and provides excellent opportunities to develop motor skills, balance, and coordination.
Circle Time – Joyful songs, healthy movement and levity support their sensory, cognitive and social development. During circle, the children experience being a part of the whole, moving together as a group and experiencing their bodies and senses in relation to self and others. The children learn to mark the seasons, develop their sense of rhythm, connect to peers, while learning out of imitation and creating an embodied foundation for later academic learning.
Free Play – The children have a spacious amount of time during which they are encouraged to imagine and play with a wide variety of natural materials and playthings, following their own initiative. During this time, the teacher is involved in preparing the snack, sewing, cleaning, or various daily life tasks with which the children are welcome to participate. An atmosphere of work and play permeates the room. Within the activities of play, children integrate the world, and practice their life skills, such as speech and language capacity, numeracy, and emotional intelligence. Stories told by heart nourish the physical, intellectual and social development of the child as they process their qualities and meaning through play, time in nature and dramatic play with friends.
Art – The children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in artistic experiences, such as wet-on-wet watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, crayon drawing, as well as other age appropriate arts and crafts. High quality, organic materials are used for these activities, whenever possible. The teacher will also cultivate the practical arts–washing, folding, setting the snack table, preparing food items, caring for plants and the like–and with mindfulness transform these into aesthetic and nourishing activities.
Snack time –. In the Tulips’ class, children are immersed in the fullness of the process of preparing, enjoying and cleaning up of and gathering for meals: chopping, baking, setting the table, clearing and washing their own dishes Our time at the table is an opportunity to model healthy presence to nourishing ourselves and deepening connection as the children share a meal and learn about one another through cooperation and conversation. The ritual of beginning snack by lighting a candle and offering a blessing creates a special mood of anticipation and appreciation, both for the food we are receiving and for the effort that went into it.
Story time – In the Waldorf approach, traditional oral storytelling is the foundation for language learning and literacy. Each week the teacher shares a simple, nature, folk or fairy tale with the children. The repetition of the story using of simple puppets and props such as wooden blocks and silk scarves anchors the child in living pictures. Through this modeling, the children experience elevated language, sophisticated vocabulary and inspiration that they in turn imitate and extend in their imaginative free play.
9:00 Outdoor Time on the playground /Nature Walk
10:45 Daily Art or craft
11:15 Free Play
12:00 Closing Circle