Our mixed-age Pre-K and Kindergarten Program serves children ages 3-5 years of age.
Children work together in mixed-age groups in our pre-academic, play-based program that provides the strong foundation needed for the academic work of the grades program.
At The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, play is the work of childhood. Our homelike environment is carefully prepared for the developmental needs of the young child. Warm, nurturing, inviting and intentionally filled with beautiful, natural elements including pieces of wood, seashells, beeswax for modeling and handcrafted dolls and toys to encourage children to create, imagine and wonder. Their day breathes with a natural rhythm and nurtures them with folk tales, puppetry, and community.
Taught by Waldorf teachers specifically trained in early childhood education, our programs nurture and protect the young child’s sense of wonder and imagination. They learn how to cut fruit for sharing and roll dough for baking fresh bread, and how to finger-knit with organic plant-dyed yarns, a practice that develops fine motor skills and teaches them how to recognize mathematical patterns.
The Apple Tree, Oak Tree, Daisy, Redbud and Primrose Classrooms
Our mixed-aged classrooms serve sixteen children ages 3-5 years old, with a lead teacher, and an assistant teacher.
Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8.30 a.m. - 3.15 p.m. There are a handful of spaces available on a half-day basis from 8.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
There are also a limited number of three-day spaces, Monday through Wednesday.