Mixed-Age Kindergarten Classes
Three-Day Kindergarten (typically for 3 year olds): Monday - Wednesday, 8:45 am - 12:45 pm
Four-Day Kindergarten (typically 4 - 6 year olds): Monday - Thursday, 8:45 am - 12:45 pm
Five-Day Kindergarten (typically 5 - 6 year olds): Monday - Friday, 8:45 am - 12:45 pm, including Nature Kindergarten
We have two classrooms, all mixed-age; extended day program available for our 5-6 year olds.
Our mixed-age preschool and kindergarten program allows for the budding social interaction of the 3-year old, the genius of the 4-year old’s free-flowing imagination, the 5-year old’s inventive social play and the 6-year old’s ideas and skills to enrich the entire class. Our kindergarten and preschool programs encourage imaginative play and both gross and fine motor skill development to build a solid foundation for the academic work to come in grade school. Each mixed-age classroom has children ages 3 to 6 years old, and children stay with their teachers for their years in this early childhood program.
Studies have shown that imaginative play contributes far more to developing the crucial neurological building blocks of creativity, concentration and higher-level thinking that do early academics. Children graduate from Madrona School's kindergarten ready to begin formal schooling and embrace abstract concepts such as letters and numbers. Led by an experienced Waldorf teacher and at least one trained assistant, each class provides:
- Lots of learning by doing using real tools: making bread, carding wool, chopping vegetables, etc.
- Integrated sensory-motor activities, such as climbing the rope ladder to the classroom’s loft, conducting elaborate projects in the play yard and sand pit, building large structures with oversized blocks and boards, all of which contribute to large muscle development, balance and coordination.
- Daily story time that develops oral literacy, rich vocabularies and long attention spans.
- Daily circle time with seasonal songs integrated with movement, and student “plays” to act out the stories they have heard.
- A family-style snack with fresh fruit, warm organic grains, homemade bread or vegetable soup, cloth napkins and ceramic dishes.
- Extended outside play every day, rain or shine. In addition, on one to three nature days each week, class is held entirely outside. Friday has long been our Nature Kindergarten day; recently, we added an additional day or two each week for each of our classes.
- Weekly handcrafting activities including woodworking, sewing, modeling beeswax, and painting.
- World language circle each week (led by one of our language teachers).
- Beautiful, simple toys, made of natural materials like wood, wool or silk, that stimulate open-ended play and develop imaginations.
To find out more, or to arrange a tour of our school, fill out our inquiry form, or call the school office at (206) 855-8041.
"If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole living being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world." --Rudolf Steiner