Nurturing the Treasure of Imagination
The kindergarten experience at Eastside Community School is devoted to nurturing the most precious aspect of early childhood: imagination. In a mixed-age classroom, children sing songs, learn poems, perform puppet plays, and take part in circle games—all helping attune them to the beauty of language as their imaginations flourish.
They begin to awaken their sense of taste, sight, beauty and purpose through activities like baking bread, drawing, and painting. We carefully select classroom toys and tools made from natural materials such as wood, silk, or beeswax, materials that appeal to the sense of touch and help foster a reverence for nature. Children enjoy both movement and nature during outside play, walks, and gardening.
Because our kindergarten includes a mix of preschool and kindergarten age children, and regular weekly interaction with children in our preschool, our kindergarten students enjoy participating in a variety of social groups and rites of passage. When they act as helpers and role models for the younger children, they nurture qualities that will serve them well throughout life.
Regular parent evenings are held throughout the school year for parents to ask questions and share resources, and where we also explore the foundations of an early childhood experience inspired by Waldorf education. Private annual conferences offer parents time to discuss their child’s development in-depth with the teacher.
Our current plan is to offer the following:
Class Sessions: Five day program, with choice of morning program or extended day
School Hours: Morning program 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Extended day 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Ages: For children four to six. Children as young as three may be accepted in the Kindergarten class, pending teachers’ assessment.
Class Size: Up to 20 children, 2 teachers
Food Provided: Yes
After-School Care: Available from dismissal time until 6:00 p.m.
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