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Aspects of a Waldorf center

There are many things that set Waldorf childcare programs apart from maintsream care centers. The three ideals are truth, beauty, and goodness. In this Waldorf childcare center, you will notice:

-open-ended toys made of natural materials

-the care provider singing

-a welcoming, calm, beautiful, and orderly environment

-seasonal celebrations to connect to the cycle of the seasons

-development and learning are not forced, but supported through loving guidance and gentle assistance

-creativity and imagination are stimulated by toys, environment and materials

-children's natural sense of wonder and reverence is protected and promoted

-consistent, predictable rhythms and routines

-absence of technology, media, and electronic toys

-daily outdoor play, including gardening and time spent in nature

-activities like handwork (sewing or knitting) and the domestic arts (cooking, baking, tidying, gardening)

-reverence in and value of domestic activities

-simplicity in all areas: environment, rhythm, and routine

-loving care

-allowing each child to unfold at their own individual rate

Please be aware that there is no religious focus here at Sunshine Dayhome. While we may talk about angels, fairies, and other elemental beings, religion is not a subject included in the curriculum.

What is Waldorf?

Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and educator, founded Waldorf schools in Germany in 1919.  Waldorf education offers a developmentally-appropriate learning model that nurtures the development of the whole child.  The phrase "head, heart, and hands" is often used, as activities are planned to engage the children's thinking, feeling, and willing capacities.  There is a strong rhythmic element to Waldorf programs. Seasonal changes are celebrated, and the children spend a lot of time outside. Toys are open-ended and made of natural materials. The environment is nourishing, beautiful, and orderly. Common daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning are approached with mindful care and reverence, so that children can develop a deep respect for and enjoyment of work and material things. The arts of the home are celebrated. There is beauty in kneading and baking bread; simplicity in wiping a surface clean; satisfaction in folding a towel and tucking it neatly into a drawer. Children are not expected to participate in domestic tasks, but readily ask for a dust cloth to join in the fun. In this way, children grow and develop in all areas through daily work and play.

This link has a lot of valuable information about Waldorf early child care:

http://www.waldorfearlychildhood.org/

Here is a link that explains more about public Waldorf education available in Edmonton:

http://www.edmontonwaldorf.com/

This is another Edmonton link:

http://www.wese.ca/

Why many highly ranked executives in Silicon Valley send their children to a Waldorf school where there is no exposure to computers and screen based technology:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25
 

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