Mixed-Age Preschool & Kindergarten

Setting the Stage for Learning, Naturally

Four to six-year-olds in well-structured ‘play’-oriented preschools develop more positive attitudes toward learning along with better ultimate skill development.”  – Jane Healy, author of Your Child’s Growing Mind

Minnesota Waldorf School has three mixed-age classrooms, each comprised of children 3-1/2 to 6 years of age.  We offer 2, 3, or 5 half or full day options.

In our Early Childhood Cottage, nurturing teachers gently guide children through a day of play and work, story and song, nature and movement – awakening and celebrating each child’s innate sense of joy and wonder and laying a firm foundation for academic work in the grades. Seasonal festivals take place throughout the year, and are an important part of kindergarten life.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Morning

8:20-8:30

Children arrive.

8:30-12:30

While children play, teachers engage in purposeful activity worthy of imitation and children’s participation. Washing and carding wool, grinding wheat and baking bread, water color painting and various handcrafts are some of the activities of the kindergarten. Children are gently guided through clean-up, circle time, and a healthy snack before getting ready to enjoy gardening, sledding and outdoor time. Each morning ends with a story told by the teacher.

Afternoon (full day option)

12:30-3:20
Extended Day includes lunch (brought from home), rest, quiet play and outdoor activity.

Extended Care (Before and After Care)

7:30-8:20
and
3:20-5:45
Extended Care is held in the Festival Hall and outdoors, and is available to Pre-K through Grade 8 students. Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be walked by a teacher or assistant to and from Extended Care. Sign up by filling out the extended care and turning it into the office.