- Reggio Emilia
Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.
What Vancouver Waldorf School says: We believe that creative thinking finds its expression in imaginative free play and in this way children develop cognitive, social, physical and linguistic skills for life. We strive to present the children with a world of beauty that nurtures their sense of ease, joy, and peace. The children are not introduced to any formal learning at this stage, rather the children engage in artistic activities such as drawing, painting, sewing, and baking. Each day also incorporates outside play time and a healthy snack, as well as a circle time which is rich with seasonal stories and movement games.