Children's Garden 2017-2018
Our Children’s Garden is a once a week drop-off program for children ages 3-6.5. This program is designed for families who don’t need a multi-day program yet are seeking community and support on their parenting journey.
Many parents desire to bring home the rhythm, simplicity, and joy of the Waldorf early childhood classroom. Our Children’s Garden intends to close the gap between home and school and provide families with the material, information, and support to bring these impulses home. In addition to the weekly program for the children, participating families will receive seasonal workbooks that include daily blessings, transition verses, and songs as well as seasonal circles, stories, crafts, and celebrations.
Our Children’s Garden will meet Tuesdays from 9am-1pm. When the weather allows, parents are invited to stay after pickup from 1-2pm for a community picnic and conversation.
We draw a great amount of inspiration from the Waldorf model of early childhood education, which doesn’t include any formal academics but sets the foundation for academic learning later in life. We believe that play is the true work of childhood and that learning by doing provides a framework for problem solving and critical thinking, as well as a love for lifelong learning.
We surround our children with simple, natural toys and experiences. We let the children do things directly for themselves, trusting in their natural development and growth.
We enjoy a daily rhythm of activities including free indoor and outdoor play, circle time and story time, watercolor painting, baking, nature hikes, gardening, handwork and sewing, and seasonal crafts.
We are a small school of dedicated teachers with many years experience working with children. We value lifelong learning in ourselves and strive for continual education outside of the classroom.
What ages do you accept?
We currently accept children ages 3-6.5.
What are your program hours?
Our Children's Garden meets weekly on Tuesdays from 9am-1pm.
What are your daily rhythms?
9:00-9:10 Drop off time
9:00-10:00 Free play (including offerings of art, cooking, & nature-based crafts)
10:00-10:10 Tidy up
10:10-10:25 Circle Time
10:20-10:40 Snack Prep & Hand washing
11:00-12:20 Free Play (always outside "whatever the weather")
12:20-12:30 Outside tidy up
12:30-12:40 Hand washing & apple snack
12:40-12:50 Story time
12:50-1:00 Closing circle & end of school day
1:15-2:00 Option Picnic lunch (when weather permits)
What Is your yearly schedule?
Our school year runs for nine months from roughly Labor Day to Memorial Day. We take off two weeks for winter break and one week for Spring Break.
What are your tuition and fees?
Tuition for 2017-2018: Annual tuition: $1360 (payable in one, two, or nine installments)
Snack and Materials fee: $150.
Deposit: $250 will be due upon enrollment. Your deposit goes toward the annual tuition.
New families will pay a $40 application fee at the time they submit their application.
Deposits and fees are are non-refundable.
See our enrollment agreement for more detailed financial information.
How do you apply/what is the application process?
Please see Enrollment Information for specifics on the enrollment process and links to all necessary paperwork.
Does my child have to be potty trained to attend?
Yes, at this time we are only accepting potty trained children in our drop-off program. We understand that children have accidents and ask all families to leave an extra set of clothing at school.
Do I need to pack a snack and/or lunch?
Each gathering we knead and bake (gluten free) bread and chop veggies for a shared meal of bread and soup. We ask that you bring one vegetable for the soup each Tuesday. The preparation of our school meal and eating together are a highlight of our morning. We invite families to stay after school from 1-2pm for a picnic lunch when the weather allows (at your discretion; optional but encouraged). Bring a packed lunch and a blanket and enjoy conversation and community.
Do you offer a sibling discount?
We offer a 5% sibling discount when siblings are attending the same year. Please contact us for specific pricing for siblings.