Wooden toys and blocks, colorful silks, and other natural playthings enrich our nursery and kindergarten classrooms.

Wooden toys and blocks, colorful silks, and other natural playthings enrich our nursery and kindergarten classrooms.

Nursery & Kindergarten

In an increasingly fast-paced world, we believe that an unhurried approach to the early childhood years offers the healthiest and strongest foundation for children’s academic, social, and personal growth. We very deliberately do not accelerate academic learning in our nursery or kindergarten programs. With ample play in these early years, students learn better—and show greater enthusiasm and confidence—when our academic program begins in first grade.

Key developmental goals for children at this stage include:

  • Exploration, discovery, and problem-solving through physical and creative play
  • Building fine and gross motor skills
  • Learning to participate and get along in social groups
  • Strengthening the foundation for literacy and numeracy through story-telling and games
  • Developing a love for nature and beauty through outdoor play and artistic activity

NurserY

Nursery students at WSL enjoy ample outdoor time, whether it's exploring the nearby pond and conservation land or developing new friendships in our play yards.

Nursery students at WSL enjoy ample outdoor time, whether it's exploring the nearby pond and conservation land or developing new friendships in our play yards.

For children who are 3–4.5 years old by September 1. Classes are offered for three, four, or five mornings per week from 8:30–12:30, with an optional early drop-off at 8:00 a.m. Aftercare is available until 3:00 or 6:00 p.m.

Our nursery classrooms are warm and colorful, with natural playthings and room for children to move. Our program emphasizes children’s freedom to engage in self-directed, imaginative play—both indoors and out—within the structure of a comforting routine.

Program highlights

  • Self-directed, creative play
  • Children help to bake bread and prepare healthy snacks
  • Circle time with stories and songs
  • Outdoor play on our campus and in the Great Meadows conservation land

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Kindergarten

At WSL, self-directed, creative free play is the kindergarten student's important work. Together students exercise their growing capacity to initiate, collaborate, solve problems, and delight in the wonder of learning.

At WSL, self-directed, creative free play is the kindergarten student's important work. Together students exercise their growing capacity to initiate, collaborate, solve problems, and delight in the wonder of learning.

It is a joy and a gift to see my daughters experience Waldorf education; to observe how thoughtfully their teachers engage with them and cherish each child’s unique character. I’m deeply grateful to have the opportunity to send my children to the Waldorf School of Lexington.
— WSL parent

For children who are 4.5–6 years old by September 1. Classes meet each day from 8:20–12:30, with optional early drop-off at 8:00 a.m. Aftercare is available until 3:00 or 6:00 p.m.

In a Waldorf kindergarten, children are free to move and explore in a truly play-centered program. Teachers create a warm, welcoming environment designed to facilitate the child’s emerging capacities to plan, build, communicate, and initiate. Teachers also engage children in activities that promote social development, fine and gross motor skills, and the foundations for literacy and numeracy—preparing students for the structured, academic learning that begins in first grade.

Program highlights

  • Self-directed, creative play
  • Artistic activities
  • Children help to bake bread and prepare healthy snacks
  • Circle time with stories, songs, and games
  • Clean-up and chores
  • Outdoor play on our campus and in the Great Meadows conservation land

Apply to kindergarten program

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