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Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Kindergarten student preparing healthy snack.Our play-based curriculum is unique in Northern Virginia, and our Faculty create a nurturing environment with a child’s needs in mind.

We believe children learn by imitation in their first seven years, therefore we feel a healthy rhythm is vital to a child’s well-being. Additionally, we honor every child for the unique gifts and imagination she or he brings to an activity, a class, and to the school. Under the guidance of experienced Waldorf teachers, children develop strong social skills and confidence in their world.

Our Early Childhood Programs & Curriculum

For families interested in a Waldorf education for their child, we offer Parent-Infant, Parent-Toddler, and Parent-Child classes. We offer Nursery and Mixed-Age Kindergarten programs for children who are ready to separate from a parent. Our Nursery is for children 3 – 4 years old. In addition, we offer 5-Day Mixed-Age Kindergartens for children 4 to 6 years of age. The Nursery and Kindergarten classes meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, with Extended Care options.

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At PCWS, we believe the work of the child is play. For this reason our classrooms offer a secure and home-like setting designed to inspire a child’s imagination. Natural open-ended materials inspire collaborative play where children learn about themselves and the world.

When children play, they develop healthy social skills and learn outside-the-box thinking. Self-directed play fosters creative thinking and confidence. Furthermore, guided activities such as baking, painting, and crafts teach children to follow instructions.

Rhythm

A typical day in an Early Childhood class combines creative, practical and physical activities, because reliable daily rhythms strengthen and nourish children. Our daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms allow children to develop trust in their bodies and in the world.

After free plaPotomac Crescent Waldorf School Nursery students washing dishes.y, children sing songs and verses and play rhythmic games. For this reason, children build important language skills and physical coordination in a fun and creative way. Early Childhood mornings include a wholesome snack and outdoor play. They conclude with the telling of a carefully-chosen story or a puppet play. 

The Waldorf curriculum observes a rhythm throughout the year. Circle time celebrates the seasons and changes in the natural world. We celebrate harvest time, the advent of winter, and the arrival of spring in ways that appeal to a child’s sense of wonder. Our observances are non-sectarian since we welcome families of all faiths.

We welcome your questions and look forward to speaking with you about your family’s needs.

Parent Testimonial

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I have a son in the Early Childhood program at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School. This community has been such a nurturing and trustworthy place for him and for me as his mother. I often feel it is difficult to find places and communities that align with my values. I feel 100% confident dropping off my son at Waldorf. His teachers over the last two years have been beautiful, and inspiring guides in his early education. I am so grateful.

Current PCWS Parent


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Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education. They integrate the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. The aim of the education is to inspire life-long learning in each student and enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

Founded in Germany in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is an independent and inclusive form of education based on the insights and teaching of the renowned anthroposophist, artist, and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. Evolving from a profound understanding of the human spirit and human development, Waldorf Education is regionally adaptive and has grown to include hundreds of schools worldwide.

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Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.

Rudolf Steiner