Curriculum Themes in the Kindergarten
Until the age of six or seven, children learn primarily by imitation, by seeing and doing. They are open to almost all influences in their environment and so the first priority of a Steiner school kindergarten to create a warm, loving, homely environment in which the children can feel completely secure.
The wisdom of Rudolf Steiner's teachings has been validated in this modern age. Contrary to popularly held ideas on teaching methodology, it is now many educators' experience that children do better if intellectual work is postponed. It is therefore through ‘hands-on’ activities during kindergarten that we sow the seeds for later subject development.
The kindergarten timetable consists of a rhythmical flow of different activities; artistic, social and physical. These may include painting, drawing, modeling, play-acting, puppetry, singing, stories, poems, games, handcrafts, cooking, gardening and free play.
Use of a variety of natural materials in play areas gives scope for imagination in play, a key concept in Steiner Education for pre-schoolers. Rhythms in the day, in the week and in the year provide a rich source of content for the teacher’s program.
A day in the Kindergarten
A rhythmic day provides the stability and security in which creative play can arise. Routines include: