Nursery at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School are for children three and four years of age and are taught by a Waldorf-trained lead teacher as well as an assistant.
Our Nursery meets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 – 12:00 PM. Like our Kindergartens, Nursery students have options to begin the day as early as 7:30 AM and to end as late as 5:30 PM. The Mixed-Age Kindergartens at PCWS are for children between the ages of four and six.
The Waldorf Early Childhood Atmosphere
Our Early Childhood Faculty create a space for children to interact in a social setting with confidence. Our Early Childhood classrooms contain natural, homemade furniture and materials such as wood, stones, wool, beeswax and silk. These simple objects create a gentle and nourishing atmosphere for the young child, and also allow children to develop creative problem solving skills.
Imitation & the Imagination in Early Childhood
Creative play is the central activity in our Early Childhood programs. In a secure and home-like setting, children of mixed ages are active in play, living out the axiom that “the work of the child is play.” The children learn about themselves and their world under the guidance of two teachers.
Early Childhood students build elaborate structures with blocks and enact simple stories. Nursery students carry dollies in slings, rock on a boat, serve ‘tea’ or soup, and help their teachers tidy up. Children also bake, paint, and make crafts during their free-play time. Teachers sing instructions and sing during transition times. Every day in a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom is an artful balance of activity.
Daily and Seasonal Rhythms in the Nursery
The daily rhythms in a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom create a healthy ebb and flow for the day that allows children to feel confident and secure. Circle or story time follows free-play. The children sing and move together during circle time when songs, verses, and rhythmic games help, in an artistic way, to build important language skills and physical coordination. Mornings always include a wholesome organic snack (provided) and outdoor play in our large playground.
We observe a yearly rhythm, as well. We celebrate harvest time, the advent of winter, and the arrival of spring in song and activity to appeal to the young child’s senses. We present simple, universally meaningful images in these festivals to support and nurture the child’s sense of wonder and reverence. Our observances are non-sectarian, since our school welcomes families of all faiths.
Our Nursery is a good choice for children who are comfortable separating from their parent. Toilet readiness is a requirement for our nursery programs. Nursery students must have stamina for walks and the ability to thrive in a class setting. We welcome your application and look forward to meeting you and your child.
Images courtesy of Nhien To at Gray Slate Photography and Design.