KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS FOR 2020/2021
KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS FOR 2020-21
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.
Kindergarten: For 4 years 8 months to 5 + year-olds. Full and Half-Day Options
Children must be born between Sept. 1/ 14 and Dec. 31/15
- 5 full days per week: 8:22 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Two mixed age groups for 4 years 8 months to 5 + year-old children.
Early pick up at 12 noon is an option.
Early Drop Off / Extended Care available from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. See our Aftercare Program information.
Senior Kindergarten – For 5 ½ and 6 year-olds. Full Days
Children must be born between Sept 1/14 and Dec 31/14.
- 5 Full days per week: 8:22 am to 3:00 pm
Early Drop Off / Extended care available from 3:00 to 5:30 pm
Children in this program attend the Kindergarten program for five mornings per week: 8:22 am to noon, and then join together into one group from noon to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
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 born before Sept 1/14 may also be eligible to attend the Senior Kindergarten Program if, after consultation with parents and the Kindergarten teachers, it is determined that they are not ready to go onto Grade One.
Aftercare Program/Early Drop Off
The Calgary Waldorf School offers an Aftercare program to children enrolled in our Kindergarten, Preschool and Grades One to Six Programs. The Aftercare Programs operate from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm each school day. Early morning drop-off is an option for children registered in our Early Childhood Programs (subject to minimum enrolment).
Choosing Your Child’s Program
Depending on your child’s age, you may be able to choose between more than one program. Your choice of program may have a bearing on how your child could move through the different programs in future years. A detailed outline of how your choice will affect future years is available. Children may not attend the Junior Kindergarten for more than one year.