KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS FOR 2018/2019
Marigold, Fairy Bells and Hollyhocks Senior Kindergarten
The Calgary Waldorf School Kindergarten provides a gentle transition into a more structured learning environment. The Kindergarten teacher works to create a warm and safe environment. Each day and week provide an ordered, gentle and dependable rhythm.
At this age, children learn by doing. The teacher and assistant engage in domestic, practical and artistic activities which the children imitate readily: baking, carpentry, painting, crafts, singing, dancing, outdoor play and celebrating festivals to mark the change of seasons.
Purposeful tasks such as preparing snacks, caring for the room and gardening help the children develop an awareness of working on behalf of a group. Children are also taught to play cooperative games, respect boundaries and follow directions. Regular storytelling enhances their capacity to listen and comprehend.
A sense of reverence and gratitude is woven through all of the daily experiences in a Waldorf Kindergarten.
In the Kindergarten, the seeds of science and the humanities begin. By stimulating the imagination, cultivating a sense of wonder and developing an enthusiasm for work, Kindergarten prepares young children for intellectual learning in the years ahead.
For the following programs, please complete and return an Application for Admission form if you wish to have your child included on our registration list.
Marigold and Fairy Bells Kindergartens
Two Junior Kindergartens (ECS) 5 mornings per week: 8:22 am to 11:30 am Monday to Friday.
Two mixed age groups for 4 1/2 and 5 year old children.
Children must be born between Sept. 1/12 and Feb. 28/14
Hollyhocks Senior Kindergarten
Children in this program attend either Marigold or Fairy Bells Kindergarten for five mornings per week: 8:22 am to 11:30 am, Monday to Friday and then join together into one group for four afternoons per week, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Thursday.
This program is for 5 1/2 and 6 year-old children who have already attended kindergarten, but would benefit from a transition year before entering Grade One.
Children must be born between July 1/12 and Feb. 28/13.
Children born before July 1/12 are also eligible to attend the Senior Kindergarten if, after consultation with the Kindergarten staff, they choose not to go onto Grade One.
Choosing Your Child’s Program
Depending on your child’s age, you may be able to choose between early childhood programs at the Calgary Waldorf School. Your choice of program may have a bearing on how your child moves through different programs in future years. A detailed outline of how your choice will affect future years is available HERE. Children may not attend the Junior Kindergarten for more than one year.