What is Waldorf-Inspired Kindergarten at Home?

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What it IS:

  • A positive family life centered on the home
  • Rhythm
  • Time and space for open-ended creative play
  • Movement, imitation, and imagination
  • Parents modeling meaningful work
  • An understanding of ages and stages, that all comes in its own right time
  • Creativity, art and freedom within gentle forms
  • A home and a family culture which are consciously created
  • A focus on connection, boundaries, joy, and love
  • A magical childhood

What it is NOT:

  • The same thing for every family
  • Modeled on a school setting
  • A prescribed list of activities or learning goals
  • Didactic teaching, product-oriented projects, or intellectual explanations
  • Teaching skills out of context (for example, using a worksheet to teach shapes or a button board to teach how to button up a shirt)
  • An introduction to phonics, handwriting, or math
  • Parents running themselves ragged
  • Too much time outside of the home
  • Overstimulation, stress, pressure, or age-inappropriate expectations
  • Perfectionism and doing everything the “right” way
  • Materialism in the guise of a perfect playroom