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 faster—and show greater 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

For children who are 3–4.5 years old by September 1. Classes are offered for two, three, or five mornings per week from 8:30 to 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
  • Nature walks to the Great Meadows conservation land

Kindergarten

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
  • Nature walks to the Great Meadows conservation land
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