Kindergarten & Pre-Kindergarten
Sacramento Waldorf School Kindergarten Program Overview
By design, the Sacramento Waldorf School Kindergarten is a home-like, secure, and loving place with a predictable rhythm throughout the day, season, and school year. We offer two years of a mixed-age kindergarten, welcoming younger children's first venture into "School," and preparing older kindergartners for the Lower School. Soft colors, fresh flowers and the beauty of nature, and natural toys fill the classroom. The Kindergarten gently nurtures the development of imagination, verbal capacities, sequencing, sensory integration, memory, social skills, and motor skills that are essential as the foundation for later learning and are the foundations for academic excellence. This is achieved in a supportive atmosphere free from formal academics.
There is a delicate balance between teacher-led group activities and free play. Children are given ample opportunity to re-enact and solidify their experiences from the group and build social skills. An atmosphere of warmth and calm sets the stage for a rhythmical cycle of activities, including:
- Storytelling - to stimulate visualization, vocabulary, and memory
- Free play and drama - to ignite imagination and support social relationships
- Counting games - to develop an awareness of numbers and sequencing
- Artistic activities - to explore color and motivate expression
- Outdoor play and walks - to foster an appreciation of nature and gross motor skills
- Crafts - to develop fine motor skills
The Sacramento Waldorf School has two kindergartens: Red Rose and White Rose. Each class is taught by two highly experienced teachers with specific Waldorf Early Childhood training.
Activities:The kindergarten week includes arts and crafts, puppetry, movement, painting, story time, cooking, bread baking, singing games, outdoor physical play, hiking, and learning social courtesies. With great attention to language, the teachers tell fairytales and multicultural stories while children absorb the images and thereby strengthen their capacities for forming inner pictures. This capacity, when properly nourished, becomes the basis for language arts and future critical thinking skills.
Routine:Regular rhythms – alternating vigorous activities with quieter ones – guide the structure of each day. During nature walks on our organic farm and during outdoor play times, children develop a sense of wonder and a love of nature.
Festivals:Celebrating seasonal festivals helps emphasize the greater rhythm of the year. These festivals not only remind children of the cycles of the year, but also hold them in the larger SWS family.
Snacks and Lunch:The children help the teachers prepare a healthy, wholesome, organic mid-morning snack, which they then enjoy as a class. The children bring lunch from home and are dismissed at 12:30pm unless they participate in the Aftercare program.
Hours and Extended Care:Kindergarten starts at 8:20am every weekday morning and runs until 12:30pm. Kindergarten is a five-day per week program. Kindergarten-specific Extended Care is available until 6:00pm on a contract basis.
The Kindergarten’s Daily Schedule of Activities
8:00-8:20am - Gather in the kindergarten play yard
8:20am - Morning circle activities
9:00am – Creative work and play
9:50am - Clean up / quiet time
10:30am - Snack
10:45am - Outdoor play
11:30am - Story time
12:00pm - Lunch
12:30pm - Dismissal or Extended Care up to 6:00pm
Sacramento Waldorf School 3750 Bannister Road, Fair Oaks, California 95628 (916) 961-3900