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I've been doing some research on Waldorf schools as we are moving to an area with a very nice looking one. From everything I've read, it sounds like exactly the kind of education I'd like for my girls.<br><br>
For those of you with preschoolers, what is the typical preschool day like? I want details! We will visit the school once we move but I'd like to know what to expect.<br><br>
They have a parent and toddler group thatwe'd probably start out in as dd1 isn't potty trained yet. Has anyone been to one of these? DD1 is 2 + 5 months and dd2 is 3 months.<br><br>
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I can only speak to the Parent/Toddler class.<br><br>
There was free play for children while the parents did a handcraft while we discussed topic of the day.<br>
This was followed by clean up and then a story told by the teacher.<br>
Next came handwashing, setting table, blessing, and then snack.<br><br>
After snack, teacher played a bit of music and children has "rest" time and then we headed outside to play.<br>
Class was two hours. ( I think)
 

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Our Waldorf mixed-age kindergarten (ages 4 to 6) goes like this:<br><br>
Arrive, free play outside for 30 min. or so.<br>
Gather for good morning song<br>
Go inside, have a seasonal circle (songs, movement, verse, fingerplay)<br>
Wash hands, have snack (rice/eggs/tamari/fruit, or porridge, or soup, or fresh-baked bread)<br>
Chores (table wiping, sweeping, napkin collecting, etc.)<br>
Free play inside/clean up together<br>
Activity of day (wet on wet watercolor painting, puppet show, bread making, vegetable chopping, beeswax modeling, story)<br>
Go outside for free play<br>
Gather for goodbye song<br>
Parents pick up.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi I had it all written down somewhere for my ds pre-kinde but can't find it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The general idea is to alternate the energetic and calm activities throughout the day. So we had something like that (roughly) - activity, free play, tidy up, ring time, wash hands and snack, garden time, story time, home time.<br>
DS was in pre-kinde 3 times a week for 3 hours and the activities were - drawing, making soup and baking bread. Now he is in kinde 5 days a week for 4 hours and the activities are: painting, drawing, soup making, craft and bread baking.<br>
Excellent book with all those rhythms, ideas and reasons for arranging activities in specific way is "Free to Learn" by Lynne Oldfield ISBN 1-903458-06-4
 

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Found it!!! - or I found the kinde one (pre-kinde was just a contraction of it)<br><br>
9.00 activity<br>
9.30 free play<br>
10.40 tidy up<br>
10.50 toilet<br>
11.00 snack<br>
11.30 ring time<br>
11.50 garden time<br>
12.30 story time and rest<br>
13.00 home time<br>
(there is a rest fitted in after snack and before garden as younger kids found it too intense not sure how long and in which slot tho')<br><br>
snacks:<br>
mon - rice and fruit<br>
tue - bread and fruit<br>
wed - soup, bread and fruit<br>
thu - rye bread and fruit<br>
fri - porridge and fruit<br><br>
activities:<br>
mon - painting<br>
tue - baking bread<br>
wed - cooking soup<br>
thu - craft<br>
fri - home loving (tidying, folding blankets, sweeping, washing, etc)<br><br>
whatever food is prepared during activity is eaten for a snack later in the day.<br>
Hope it helps!
 
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