Play-Based Preschool Program
updated November 3, 2016
The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner
The spiritual reasoning behind the Waldorf education method
WECAN: Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America website
What is Waldorf Early Childhood Education?
International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education
Why Waldorf Works: From a Neuroscience Perspective
by Dr. Regalena Melrose
Developing Child: The First Seven Years
edited by Susan Howard, published by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association
What Are the Needs of Five Year Olds?
article by Joan Almon
An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten
edited by Joan Almon, published by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association
A Tale of Two Preschools: Comparing Montessori and Waldorf
Take Home Lessons from a Waldorf Preschool
blog post - Simple Homeschool
Three Approaches from Europe: Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia
Early Childhood Research and Practice
article by Carolyn Pope Edwards
Waldorf is so beautiful!!! So many people are initially drawn to it simply for this reason:
The Autumn Corner blog post - A Small Tribe
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A fantastic project of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education.
A Grain a Day article
Outdoor Easels, Sensory Tables, and the Clay Question in Kindergarten blog post
*NEW* Waldorf Dolls blog post
Bella Luna Toys
Wishing Jar pin
Birthday Ring pin
*NEW* 12 Things You Didn't Know Your Preschooler Could Do In the Kitchen blog post
Planning the School Day
9 am to 3 pm
9 am to 12 pm
AT-A-GLANCE Undated Teacher's Planner
This is the one I used for Preschool and Kindergarten.
I had the following "subject areas" which I used mentally to help me keep the school day balanced, and to give me an organized way to write
down different types of ideas. They were Music & Movement, Art, Nature, Cooking, Play, Handwork, Helping, Stories.
I didn't make an official planbook row for Circle Time -- I broke it out into Music & Movement (a song or fingerplay, for example), Nature (add something to the nature table, learn a nature poem), Art (then do a wet on wet watercolor painting based on the poem), etc. because
thinking in activity categories was what worked best for me.
If we were doing an activity from one of my Waldorf early childhood books, in the square I would write the name of the book and the page number, so I knew what to refer to as we went through our day.
I like having a blank row at the bottom
for Notes -- observations of the children (Natalie needs more fine motor activities), field trip ideas (we should go to the zoo), things I need to buy for school (get modeling beeswax), what supplies are needed for that day's activities (Homemade Sidewalk Chalk), whatever. By the way, the two games on the blog post
with the sidewalk chalk recipe -- "Poor Kitty" and "Jellyroll" -- are both fun ones!
Two or three activities a day in your planbook is plenty at this age, plus a picture book or story.
Waldorf Indications for 2 to 4 Year Olds
imaginative free play
shells, pinecones, stones
poems & verses
*NEW* Some potential language for parents... check out the Little Bluestem Learning Cooperative Handbook, a Waldorf-inspired preschool group in Dallas TX.