The Waldorf kindergarten bases its program on the conviction that imitation of the beautiful, meaningful and true enables the child to go forth in life with initiative and purpose. In a physically beautiful, emotionally supportive and carefully structured homelike environment, the child's day naturally flows between social and individual activities that reflect the child's need for both active and quiet play.
Painting, singing, puppetry, playacting, baking, games and handwork are the foundations of the curriculum. The class learns to play together, hears stories that feed the life of imagination and takes nature walks through the hill country woodlands on the school's 19 acres.
Each child's innate capacity for wonder, reverence and awe is nurtured and strengthened by the preparation for and celebration of the seasonal festivals.
The Waldorf Kindergarten teacher is a specially trained individual able to create a wholesome environment that nurtures the physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of each child in preparation for the elementary grades.
Kindergarten Rhythm of the Day
The Austin Waldorf School Kindergarten is a member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.
"If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world." - Rudolf Steiner